Byron Walker’s hat-trick helped Sevenoaks Town move five points clear at the top of the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table at The Bourne Stadium on Tuesday night.
However, boss Micky Collins was quick to praise goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card, highlighting a crucial save early in the second half that kept Town in front against one of the season’s surprise packets in the competition this season.
Bridle-Card, signed on dual registration from Greenwich Borough and watched by his parent club’s manager Gary Alexander, produced a crucial stop soon after the restart to deny the visitors an equaliser.
Walker put them in front with a dipping effort eight minutes before half-time.
He completed his treble with two in the space of four minutes, inside the final 20 minutes - his third ending one of the best moves of the night.
Walker also won a penalty, with the score still 1-0 , but Billy Bennett saw his effort saved by Ryan Chandler as Town’s woes from 12 yards this season continue.
The downside to an eighth successive home win were injuries to Frankie Sawyer (groin) and Walker (achilles). They join Rory Hill on the treatment table, ruled out until the New Year with a knee tendon problem, after being injured in the FA Vase defeat at Thatcham.
The league leaders are without a game on Saturday, before hosting Bearsted in their final game of the year next Saturday.