First Team 2 Sheppey United 5

Monday, April 23, 2018

Nobody said winning league titles is easy. Sadly leaders Sevenoaks Town saved their worst Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division defeat of the season for their home finale in front of a crowd of more than 350.


Despite the defeat Town stayed six points clear of their rivals - Whitstable and Crowborough both needing late goals to earn draws.


Town never recovered from a poor start trailing 3-1 at half-time - and conceded two more late on.

Frankie Sawyer converted two penalties - but it was Sheppey top scorer Dan Bradshaw’s 31 minute first half hat-trick which did the damage.


The first three goals came in the first 14 minutes. He put the visitors ahead after four minutes firing home at the far post. 


Town were level seven minutes later, Sawyer, taking over penalty duties from Chris Edwards, following his miss at Chatham the previous week, sending Sheppey keeper Josh Glover the wrong way, after Jason Thompson was tripped in the area. 


Town were behind again within three minutes, Bradshaw finishing off another break down the left. He was celebrating again just past the half hour, sliding the ball home from just inside the box.


Sheppey almost got a fourth late in the first half when Davis hit a post, before Timmy Babbington blazed over from the rebound.


Micky Collins made a double change at half-time - Jack Miles and Harrison Carnegie replacing Tom Ripley and Jack Mahoney.


Davis shot wide and stung Ben Bridle-Card’s hands with another effort, soon after the restart, before Town got their second - Sawyer converting, after substitute Ben Wilson’s shot was handled in the area.


Sheppey added two more in the space of six minutes - Davis getting the fourth with a near post finish despite the efforts of Edwards and Bridle-Card was left punching the woodwork in frustration.


Town skipper Corey Holder then touched the ball into his own net following Babbington’s right wing cross.


Sheppey went close to getting a sixth in stoppage-time , Bridle-Card pushing Luke Girt’s powerful shot over the bar.

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