Lordswood 1 First Team 1

Monday, April 23, 2018

No Medway Towns maximum for Sevenoaks Town. Four days after beating Chatham, they struggled to overcome neighbours Lordswood and were relieved to earn a point - let alone three - at the end of a testing 90 minutes.

 

Micky Collins’ angry words in the post match huddle confirmed his disappointment with the performance.

 

Having survived a missed penalty and the loss of goalkeeper Jack Bradshaw to a season ending ankle ligament injury to win at the weekend, Town were indebted to returning Ben Bridle-Card in avoiding defeat.

 

He made two important saves - one in either half - as Town lived dangerously at times, picking up another untimely injury after Brett Ince limped off in the first half with an ankle problem.

 

The midfielder missed an early chance to give Town an early lead,  Frankie Sawyer’s dipping effort was saved at the second attempt by home keeper Ryan Chandler and Tom Ripley headed Jason Thompson’s free-kick just wide.

 

Bridle-Card’s save then kept out James Huggin’s free-kick, before defender Joe Kane headed against the bar.

 

Town edged ahead seven minutes after the interval with new-boy Jack Mahoney and Thompson, playing a big part in the build-up.

 

Mahoney’s run won a corner - JT’s kick was cleared to Jack who played in Thompson again, and his cross fell to Ripley on the edge of the box, who rifled home through a ruck of players.

 

Bridle-Card’s diving save kept out another free-kick, before Lords' left back Carl Harrold made it 1-1 with a low far corner finish 25 minutes from time.

 

Thompson and Kenny Pogue were both denied by Chandler while another JT free-kick fell to Harrison Carnegie who miscued his header over the bar with eight minutes to go.

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