Frankie Sawyer’s first half strike claimed Sevenoaks Town’s ninth successive home win and ensured they will head into 2018 top of the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division. The victory and defeat for Crowborough means they have a five point lead over their rivals - and can’t be caught, despite not playing this weekend.
Boss Micky Collins was missing injured pair Rory Hill and Mark Jones as well as Tom Ripley who was unavailable due to work commitments. Youngster Joe Burden was again named on the bench and was joined by U18's team mate Freddie Horlock.
Collins said: “Target achieved - three points and a clean sheet. I knew it would be a tough game - I saw them the week before and they are a good side - very organised, play a certain way and do it well. I wasn’t that pleased with the performance, but pleased with the result.”
The victory capped another excellent year for Town, boasting a record number of teams from juniors through to the First Team involving more than 1000 players, the official opening of the new 3G pitch at the newly named Bourne Stadium, and winning the first major trophy in the club’s history - the SCEFL Challenge Cup.
Town goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card denied Bears after 14 minutes, blocking an effort by Constantine Scarlet, Reece Collins putting the rebound wide.
Tom Youngs clipped an effort wide of the far post, before Sawyer made the breakthrough, nine minutes before half-time, shooting past visiting goalkeeper Scott Andrews, following a spell of good pressure.
Bearsted’s Ryan Croucher fired wide just before the hour before Youngs saw his shot saved by Andrews. A minute later Bridle-Card helped avoid Town being left red faced, tipping Lucian Scarlet’s 40-yard effort onto the bar.
Another Youngs effort was deflected for a corner, before Sawyers missed out on getting a second, shooting wide with five minutes left.
Sevenoaks are without a game until they visit Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 6th January.