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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kenny Pogue hit his fifth goal in four games as Sevenoaks Town returned to top-spot in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table.

 

Deposed in midweek by Beckenham Town, following a first home defeat of the season, they bounced back quickly, on a day when all of their closest rivals dropped points.

 

Town welcomed back Billy Bennett, there was a recall for Paul Springett, with Harrison Carnegie starting on the bench.

 

Pogue fired home Town’s second, having made a quick recovery after limping off in midweek with an ankle injury, but lasted less than a hour having been ill for most of the week.

 

Jason Thompson put Town ahead - his fourth in six matches - before substitutes Mark Jones and Frankie Sawyer came off the bench to score for the second weekend running. Goalkeeper Jack Bradshaw won the Man of the Match award,  pulling off two fine second half saves to frustrate Deal, who were also convinced they were denied a first half penalty.

 

Town endured a nervy start, as the visitors threatened in the opening 20 minutes. They suffered some difficult moments, before Thompson put them in front four minutes later, hooking the ball into the far corner, reacting quickly as Chris Edwards’ low ball into the box fell to him seven yards out.

 

Pogue doubled the lead ten minutes later, running onto a long ball holding off a defender before firing home left footed to continue his impressive scoring record.

 

Deal’s Ben Chapman fired into the side netting, before Bradshaw made his first important stop a minute later, keeping out top scorer Sam Wilson’s far post header. He then tipped Alfie Foster’s fierce left footed strike over the bar.

 

Pogue missed out on a second twelve minutes after the break, seeing his low effort blocked by keeper James Tonkin, withdrawn a minute later, and replaced by Jones.

 

Byron Walker saw his effort deflected for a corner, before being replaced by Sawyer. Jones made it 3-0 with eight minutes left, his sixth of the season, before Sawyer got the fourth well into stoppage time.

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