First Team 2 Corinthian 0

Saturday, September 16, 2017

 

Sevenoaks Town capped a great day on and off the pitch by going top of the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table beating morning leaders Corinthian 2-0 at The Bourne Stadium.

 

Goals by Jimmy Rogers, his first of the season, and Rory Hill took Town to the summit on goal difference for the first time ever.

 

A few hours earlier in a lunchtime ceremony local MP Sir Michael Fallon and Mayor of Sevenoaks Cllr Maxine Chakowa cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new 3G pitch. They were joined by Sevenoaks Town Council's Chief Executive Linda Larter and other local councillors.

 

Mr Fallon highlighted the benefits to the club and the local community in his speech, before chatting with Chairman Paul Lansdale along with Directors Sam Lansdale and Kevin Marsh and former Chairman Chris Bates.

 

Manager Micky Collins made two changes from the side who drew 0-0 at Glebe in midweek. Brett Ince and Billy Bennett started in place of Byron Walker and Tom Youngs who dropped to the bench.

 

Rogers gave Town the perfect start with a third minute goal. The visitors then missed a great chance to level eight minutes later - Cameron Heffernan firing over the bar, following a swift break down the left.

 

Hill's cross then slid wide of the visitors' goal, before seeing a low shot saved. Then with the first half into stoppage-time, Ince went on a mazy run, only to see his shot bounce off the post.

 

Corinthian defender Jack Billings went close five minutes after the break shooting wide. Hill made it 2-0 eight minutes later, Ince did some great work close to the dead ball line before crossing for Hill to score with a fine low finish inside keeper Aiden Prall's left hand post.

The goal triggered a succession of good chances - Ince fired over the bar, Hill's cross drifted wide of the far post, and substitute Youngs, on for Harrison Carnegie curled another effort wide. Greg Benbow then denied Corinthian sub Louis Clarke with a timely tackle.

 

Byron Walker, on for Ince, saw his shot saved, before Craig Holloway pulled off two important saves late on to preserve his third successive league clean sheet, and a fourth win in six games.

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