Tunbridge Wells 1 First Team 0

Monday, November 27, 2017

Former defender Perry Spackman ended Sevenoaks Town’s interest in the Kent Reliance sponsored Senior Trophy at Culverden Stadium on Saturday.

 

Spackman blasted home the first half winner with a close range finish just before the half hour to settle the tie.

 

Town, who weren’t at their best, had two strong penalty claims, one in each half turned down, but rarely troubled new Wells goalkeeper Jack Bradshaw.

 

The first came in the opening five minutes when Tom Youngs looked to have been felled close to the byline, but referee Marcin Indyk remained unmoved, and reacted the same when Tom Ripley went down in the box in the second half.

 

Harrison Carnegie’s booking started the chain of events leading to Spackman’s winner.

The booking looked harsh - following his first challenge of the match, but Town failed to defend the resulting free kick,  allowing the Wells centre back to fire home past Oshane Brown for his first goal of the season.

 

The Town keeper - re-signed as cover for Ben Bridle-Card had already pulled off a fine reaction save to keep out Jack Harris’ close range effort, who also hit the post.

 

Spackman went close to getting a second early in the second half seeing his effort cleared off the line.

 

Ripley created Town’s best chances, seeing three efforts go wide.

 

Mark Jones, sub Jimmy Rogers - making his return following a hip injury - and Paul Springett were also booked for Town.

 

The only consolation on a disappointing afternoon was rivals Crowborough Athletic missing the chance to go top of the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table, losing 3-2 at home to Corinthian who move second in the table, a point behind Town, having played three games more.

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