First Team 2 Longlevens 1

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Substitute Tom Youngs grabbed the stoppage time winner to send Sevenoaks Town into the second round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history.

 

Byron Walker earned Town a 13th minute lead but they failed to put the tie to bed much earlier. They had some anxious moments as well - man of the match Jack Miles clearing two efforts - one in each half - off his own line.

 

Extra time seemed a real possibility after Sam Vanstone put the Gloucestershire side level two minutes from time, were it not for Youngs’ late winner two minutes into time added on which proved the perfect finale. It was no more than he deserved, after seeing an earlier effort hit the post and cross the line too quick for the officials to award as a goal but confirmed by the club’s own CCTV.

 

Young goalkeeper, Ben Bridle-Card, was making his home debut in his second spell at the club, following a dual registration move from Greenwich Borough replacing Craig Holloway who has left the club.

 

Hill made Town’s opener, producing a pinpoint crossfield pass, finding Walker at the far post who finished. Both were then denied by the woodwork in quick succession as Town held onto their advantage at half-time.

 

Carnegie fired over the bar at the start of the second half - then setup Billy Bennett who headed over the bar from three yards.

 

Youngs, sent on in place of Jason Thompson went close twice in two minutes - kept out by the thickness of the newly designed goal post, and then firing over.

 

Fellow sub Mark Jones, who replaced Walker, almost made it four in four games, but couldn’t beat visiting goalkeeper Ashley Wintle.

 

He then stopped Bennett’s header before Vanstone’s left footed equaliser seemingly earned the Gloucester side an extra half hour, with both clubs agreeing to settle things on the day.

 

There was still time though for Youngs to pop up with the 92nd minute winner, playing a one-two in the box, before finishing inside the other post.

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