First Team 3 Rusthall 1

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rory Hill capped a fine debut scoring twice and winning the Man of the Match award as Sevenoaks Town claimed the points with a 3-1 win over Rusthall at The Bourne Stadium on Saturday. 


Hill, signed from Ashford United in midweek, top and tailed the scoring before substitute Andy Constable pulled one back with 12 minutes left.


Constable, Danny Powell and Joe Fuller were three former Town strikers in the Tunbridge Wells villagers line-up in this first Southern Counties East League Premier Division meeting between the two clubs.


Chris Edwards and Tom Ripley returned to the starting line-up, while Byron Walker and Joe Bingham earned recalls. However, the margin of victory should have been greater as the hosts spurned a host of chances.


Tom Youngs hit the post in the first half with Bingham putting the rebound wide, while Edwards saw his 30-yard strike crash back off the crossbar.


They were two of the best to fall Town's way in the first 45 minutes - Greg Benbow setting the tone seeing his cross just need a touch as early as the third minute.


Bingham and Jimmy Rogers went close, before the latter set-up Hill to put Town ahead after 22 minutes with a far corner finish.


Tom Youngs flashed another effort across the face of goal three minutes later, before Rusthall produced their first chance, Craig Holloway pushing away Paul Butler's low effort.


Bingham - twice - Hill, and Edwards all missed out on getting a second, Town almost paying the price when Butler missed out after sneaking in on the far post, following a free-kick.


Billy Bennett replaced Bingham at half-time, Rusthall going close through Butler again and Ryan Waterman soon after the restart.


Brett Ince took over from Youngs, setting up a chance for Walker soon afterwards before the pair combined to finally double Town's lead after 68 minutes.


Ince put in some neat work on the byline and his cross picked out Walker to make it 2-0.

Hill's angled finish four minutes later made it 3-0 before making way for fellow new-boy Josh Fernandez.


Constable came off the bench after 74 minutes, making an almost immediate impact, pulling one back six minutes later moving him one closer to his 350 career milestone, after Town were caught out at the back.


However, there was still time to create three more chances. Ince's header was pushed away by Rusthall keeper Callum Christie, Walker curled a left foot effort wide - and Bennett saw another close range effort saved in the closing minutes.


A victory - and hard earned - but Town missed out on filling their boots here.

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