The U14's Tandridge team hosted Blue Stars Elite on Sunday morning at Greatness Park and took a win but they made heavy weather of what should have been a routine victory. Their opposition arrived 15 minutes after the kick off time so had to go straight into the match and also only had 10 players to call upon.
Despite this, Sevenoaks were unable to impose themselves on the match and the opening 10 minutes or so were rather indifferent with no chances either way until Harvey Hollingsbee's good shot just went wide. A couple of minutes later the impressive Kai Okulaja opened the scoring with a great individual goal. He showed good skills to avoid the defenders, riding a couple of challenges to fire home to open the scoring.
The home team did not capitalise on this, drifting offside on a number of occasions when openings appeared. For 10 minutes their opponents were down to nine players but still they couldn’t make their numerical advantage work. Towards the end of the half they should have settled the tie but missed two guilt edged chances when it was perhaps easier to score than not. Despite having more of the ball, Sevenoaks were just not clicking.
They started the second half a lot brighter - Hollingsbee being particularly involved - and they were putting their opponents under a lot of pressure. They held out and began to exert their own pressure but after 5 minutes it was 2-0 to the home team. Parsons played a great ball over the top, Harvey was onto it and he finished well.
After 18 minutes it was 3-0 and the game looked over. A fast break and a great run by Josh Penfold created a chance for him but his shot was well saved by the goalkeeper, the ball came out to the edge of the box and Freddie Watkins was on hand to smash it into the top corner for a well deserved goal.
They should have closed the game out then but rather feel asleep for 10 minutes. A couple of minutes later the ball was lost in midfield and it came into the box where the Blue Stars forward reacted quickest. Whilst the home defence ball watched he pounced to make it 3-1. Sevenoaks were rocking a bit having lost shape and concentration in the back four. It was nearly 3-2 on 25 minutes when the visitors broke through. Their forward was one on one with Dan Knowles who somehow got a vital foot onto the shot and it was diverted wide. However, he stood little chance a few minutes later when Blue Stars again capitalised on defensive failings to narrow the gap to just one goal.
Blue Star were hungry for the equaliser and just needed a break however that chance came Sevenoaks' way. On 32 minutes the ball came in from the right and ballooned up in the air, the goalkeeper missed the catch and scrambled to collect it but the hard working Joe Cole was in the box too and as the ball bobbled about he managed to knee the ball over the line much to the fury of the opposing coach who claimed loudly and angrily that his keeper was impeded. So much so that he was subsequently sent off by the referee.
This was the last action of the game and Sevenoaks took the win 4-2. It was by far a vintage performance from the team but a win is a win and consolidates their second spot in the league which could become top if the other results go their way.