After a month without a match the U14's Tandridge team returned to action on Sunday under blue skies and a cold wind on a good playing surface despite the recent rain.
Despite the lack of action and too much FIFA18 the two teams played out an entertaining match where the score could have easily ended up 7-7 or more. It was end to end for the whole game and as is typical of matches at this level both teams never gave up trying.
The home team took the lead after five minutes when they pounced on a poor goal kick but Sevenoaks came straight back at them. The energetic Brandon Parsons had a good effort saved but then the ball went down the other end and it was almost 2-0 to the hosts but Freddie Watkins saved well.
Parsons was instrumental for Sevenoaks in their equaliser on 15 minutes. Cutting in from the left, he slid a superb pass through the Bromleians back line straight into Harvey Hollingsbee’s path, who took a touch and finished confidently shooting across the diving goalkeeper. The visitors took great heart from this and Joe Ryder nearly scored following a rapid counter-attack but his shot slid just wide. Harvey then had a shot cleared off the line but following that Brandon’s corner floated over and found it’s way to Joe Ashton who volleyed into the net to put Sevenoaks into the lead.
Bromley didn’t rest though and they pushed forward in search of an equaliser.
Sevenoaks kept giving them possession having ceded the midfield to them putting great pressure on the defence. They had a great shot that bounced off the crossbar with the goalkeeper beaten but a few moments before half-time their deserved goal came. Their forward was allowed to turn in the box and couldn’t miss from three yards out. 2-2 at half time and a lot for Sevenoaks to think about. Their keenness to attack was leaving too much space in the middle, they needed to organise themselves better and the perennial problem of non-communication on the pitch was clear.
The team have a habit of conceding at the start of the second half and Bromleians attacked with verve from the first minute but Sevenoaks rode the storm with Dan Knowles wearing the gloves again after missing a number of matches through injury.
Five minutes into the second half, Sevenoaks won a corner. Brandon as ever put it into the danger zone and Josh Penfold was on the spot to head it beyond the goalkeeper. It was now all Sevenoaks playing with the advantage of the slope and the wind on their backs and soon it was 4-2. A quick break, a couple of flicks, a turn and Josh got his second, his shot slipping through the hands of a disappointed goalkeeper.
So Sevenoaks had some clear water but Bromleians didn’t give up, they had a number of chances but Dan’s catching was as secure as ever but he had no chance with a shot from distance which fortunately cannoned off the crossbar and away to safety. As the hosts pressed, chances came Sevenoaks' way on the break but they didn’t bear fruit. Conor Gilmartin, enjoying his debut, had a shot saved following yet another quality corner from Brandon.
Brandon then won a penalty. Cutting in from the right he rode one tackle then fell under a second. Unfortunately he scuffed his shot missing the chance for a well deserved goal and one that would have ensured victory for his team.
There were still 10 minutes to play and Bromleians tried their best but just couldn’t get the goal they probably deserved. Sevenoaks kept them at bay and had their chances to score as well but ultimately deserved their win.