First Team 2 Cray Valley 2

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Frankie Sawyer came off the bench to score as Sevenoaks Town came from behind twice to earn a point at The Bourne Stadium on Saturday.


The point, and nearest rivals Beckenham’s second successive defeat, was enough to keep them top of the Southern Counties East Football League table.


Sawyer continued his good scoring form as a substitute, knocking in the second after replacing Byron Walker who hit the first. Former Charlton striker Kevin Lisbie’s brace had twice put the visitors ahead - scoring the second from the penalty spot. The award for hand ball against substitute defender Jack Miles, introduced at half-time for injured Tom Ripley, looked harsh.


However, boss Micky Collins admitted he was “annoyed” by the performance and is

demanding more from his players as the final two months of the season approaches.


He said: “We conceded two poor goals - the first was sloppy defending - and the penalty came after we had four chances to clear the ball. Cray didn’t create too many chances but on the balance of the game, a draw was probably a fair result.”


He added: “I had a moan at them at the end - probably the biggest one I have had for weeks, because our players have got to stand up and be counted. Too many are rocking up and not playing at the level we know they can, and that has got  to change quickly, otherwise I will make changes.”


Cray went close after only two minutes with a shot that sneaked past Jack Bradshaw’s right hand post. Lisbie fired Cray in front after 21 minutes, running onto score after the ball flicked off a defender into his path. 


Walker was denied earlier, before ex-Cray man Jason Thompson and Kenny Pogue saw efforts saved. Town levelled when Walker swept home the 33rd minute equaliser, with Cray forced to make two quick substitutions because of injuries before half time.


Thompson fired over from 25 yards nine minutes after the restart, before Miles gave away the penalty - Ben Francis blasting the ball against his arm from close range - 39-year-old Lisbie scoring from the spot.


Sawyer then got Town back on level terms quickly, heading in off the far post, after Thompson had crossed from the left following Ben Wilson’s corner.


Town had several chances to win at the end; Sawyer, Thompson and Pogue, all going close, while sub Harrison Carnegie’s effort with the last kick of the game lacked power.

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