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Monday, March 6, 2017

Micky Collins is refusing to give up on the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division title.

 

The Sevenoaks Town boss saw his team come from behind to beat Beckenham 3-1 at Greatness Park on Saturday, making it three wins in a week - achieving a target Collins set his players.

 

He said: "It's not ours to win, it is for two other teams [Ashford and Crowborough] to lose. You never give up on it, because then you become also-rans, and drop into the pack. There are still 10 games left and 30 points to play for, and I want all of them."

 

"If we do that it will be amazing - and will mean we ask the question of the other two, 'do you want to lose it?'. Do I think they will? No I don't - but we have to keep demanding it - to finish with 90 plus points would be amazing - it's a tough ask but doable."

 

Town followed up wins at Sheppey (Collins' 100th game in charge), and Bearsted - coming from behind to beat relegation-threatened Beckenham - their fourth in four meetings between the clubs this season.

 

They overcame a stuttering start with goals by top scorer Byron Walker, Chris Edwards and substitute Jack Richards - the first senior goal for the youngster on loan from Maidstone.

 

Town threatened early on. They made a promising start, Byron Walker flagged offside as he got on the end of Keiron McCann's cross, after racing onto goalkeeper Rob French's long clearance.

 

Four minutes later French and Edwards collided going for the same ball at the far post - allowing Hassan Jalloh to knock home the loose ball.

 

Walker headed another McCann cross over the bar, while Billy Bennett's effort was deflected for a corner. Walker pulled Town level after 26 minutes - finishing off after Steve Camacho's flick put him in.

 

Ike Robertson-Feehi who scored his first goal at Bearsted last week, was denied by a near post save by Charlton Academy keeper Aiden Prall, who then did well to hook away Tom Ripley's effort.

 

Collins made a change at half-time, sending on Richards in place of Barrington-Feehi.

Prall did well again to turn away McCann's effort, before Edwards doubled Town's lead just after the hour. Beckenham conceded a free-kick just outside the box, and the set-piece specialist defender rifled home.

 

Walker missed out on a third due to another offside, before Prall spoiled his afternoon by gifting the third twelve minutes from the end. A poor clearance fell straight to Richards who raced in on goal to score into the far corner.

 

Town have lost the services of midfielder Mikey Dalton who has taken up the chance of playing in Australia.

 

Town have been paired with Ashford United in the semi-finals of the Macron SCEFL Cup.

The first leg will be played at Greatness Park on Wednesday 15th March.

 

Our junior reporter, Alex Morgan, also gave his take on the home victory over Beckenham Town:

 

Sevenoaks Town secured a well earned home victory, beating visiting side Beckenham Town 3-1. Despite being tightly contested for much of the game, the balance swung in the home side’s favour with a spectacular free kick from defender Chris Edwards midway through the second half.

 

Both sides came out quickly as the match began, with chances at both ends of the pitch. Sevenoaks looked dangerous when a low cross from Kieron McCann was narrowly missed by a number of Sevenoaks strikers lining up in the box. However, Beckenham looked strong on the counter attack and they opened the scoring in the 14th minute. A skilful run by the visiting winger resulted in a cross, which was deflected into the path of striker Hassan Jalloh, leaving him with an easy finish. Despite this early set back, Sevenoaks continued to create chances. They went close when Billy Bennett made a good pass out to winger McCann, who’s cross was met by Byron Walker, but his header went narrowly over. Not longer after, Sevenoaks were level. A skilful through ball from Ike Robertson-Feehi found Bennett, who promptly played it into the feet of Walker, who finished easily. The home side maintained this momentum for the remainder of the half, with particular threat coming from the frequent crosses by McCann from the left side, but they couldn’t add to the scoring. 

 

In the second half both sides opened up. Beckenham had the first major chance, with Jamie Humphries playing the ball into Chan Quan, but he miscued his shot. Sevenoaks countered and a free kick from Edwards was headed towards goal by McCann, but was well saved by the opposing keeper. In the end, a bit of flair was required to break the deadlock and Sevenoaks’ Chris Edwards provided it when he sent a perfectly placed free kick whistling past the visiting keeper into the goal. From there on, Sevenoaks grew in confidence. Following some intricate passing up front, half time substitute Jack Richards delivered a cross into the box that flashed across the goalmouth, with Walker narrowly missing the connection. However, in spite of the home side’s increased dominance, it was a wayward pass from the Beckenham keeper to the feet of Richards that led to Sevenoaks’ final goal and saw them take a commanding 3-1 lead.

 

This much needed win keeps Sevenoaks’ league aspirations alive and they will look to extend their three game win streak as they face AFC Croydon Athletic away next week.

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