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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Frankie Sawyer netted his first goal on his return to the club as Sevenoaks Town stayed top of the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table with victory over bottom side Blair in Gillingham on Saturday.


The much travelled striker scored on his only appearance as a substitute in the 4-1 defeat at Cray Valley in September 2015 before moving to Phoenix Sports. Sawyer hit eight goals for the Bostik South club this season, until moving back last month.


He netted eight minutes after the break at Star Meadow to put Town 3-0 ahead after goals by Jack Miles and Billy Bennett had eased them in front by half time.


James McDonald pulled one back to spark the home side’s best spell of the game, while Town had chances before the end to increase their margin of victory.


Goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card’s fine point-blank tip-over, denied Blair the lead, and they also had another effort ruled out for offside, before Miles headed Town in front after 28 minutes. The centre half popped up unmarked at the far post to head in Jason Thompson’s free kick, his third goal of the season.


Sawyer fired just wide a minute later, before Bennett doubled the lead 60 seconds before half-time from another set-piece, converting a low free-kick from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.


Byron Walker missed out soon after the restart, shooting wide after running on to Miles’ long clearance. Sawyer got the third two minutes later, finishing off a neat crossfield move. He went close to getting a second soon afterwards, clipping Harrison Carnegie’s cross over the bar.


Blair might be struggling this season, but still boast an ace in McDonald, and he triggered the vain fight back, knocking in substitute Leyton 0’Connell’s cross with 25 minutes left.


Town survived when home skipper Lewis Taylor’s 50-yard run ended with a cross that eluded two teammates, needing just a tap-in.


Skipper Corey Holder almost added Town’s fourth - knocking an effort just wide of the far post - before Thompson, Sawyer, and Tom Youngs all went close before the end.


Three important points for Town with back-to-back home games against Lordswood and Bearsted to come.

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