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Monday, April 2, 2018

Kenny Pogue’s hat-trick helped Sevenoaks Town move a step closer to the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division title.

 

The first treble for the club took his tally to 13 in 11 games since joining from Hastings as Oaks clinched their best league win for more than two years.

 

Brett Ince started things with his third goal in four games, Pogue headed in the second, before an own goal made it 3-0 before half-time. Chris Edwards’ penalty made it 4-0,  Pogue added the next two, before Billy Bennett rounded things off in stoppage time.

 

A combination of the woodwork, visiting goalkeeper Francis Ameyah and several missed chances prevented Oaks from closing in on double figures.

 

Pogue fired wide early on, before producing a deep cross from the left for Ince to head in at the far post to put Oaks in front after 15 minutes.

 

It was 2-0 two minutes later - Pogue rising at the same post unchallenged to head in Edwards’ corner. Frankie Sawyer missed out on getting a third soon afterwards following a fine move, before Luis Medina curled the visitors’ first chance wide.

 

Oaks went close again when Carnegie crossed from the right, Pogue’s header was parried by Ameyah, Sawyer fired against the foot of the post, the ball falling to Ince whose effort was touched wide.

 

The third came just before the half hour, Jack Miles getting a touch on Greg Benbow’s corner before it hit a defender and went into his own net.

 

Bennett shot wide soon after the restart, then AFC Croydon rallied briefly, Medina seeing his effort saved by Jack Bradshaw, and James Fray shooting over the bar.

 

Substitute Byron Walker, on for Sawyer, went down in the box with nothing given, but it was a different story with 20 minutes left. Referee Aaron Conn pointed to the spot after Carnegie’s run into the area saw him tumble under a challenge. Edwards stepped up to send Ameyah the wrong way, improving Oaks’ poor conversion rate from 12 yards.

 

The game already won, Micky Collins' side enjoyed themselves late on. Pogue stabbed home Benbow’s low cross with six minutes left, and completed his treble a minute from time - scoring despite a touch on the line by a defender.

 

The clock had ticked past 90 minutes when Bennett made it seven - his run ending with a close range finish.

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