Sevenoaks Town’s new Suburban League reserves side opened their league season with a comfortable 3-1 win away to an experienced Horsham YMCA reserve side featuring several experienced first team players.
Having come off a hard fought win in their last preseason friendly away to Three Bridges’ Bostik U23's side and with another long drive, this time down to Horsham, Sevenoaks started the game quickly. After losing the ball from the kick off came a series of early misplaced passes from both teams in midfield, followed by a solid piece of defensive work from Kieran (awarded the Sevenoaks Town Man of the Match) at left back, winning the ball back in the defensive third and playing a calm, forward pass releasing Captain and forward Rhys to run through on goal and slot past the keeper with only a minute and a half minutes on the clock.
This early goal settled the team on the ball, however out of possession a series of cheap free kicks put the Sevenoaks goal under pressure but the boys kept their heads and cleared their lines to remain in front, and at 12 minutes Louis in goal made a crucial save to keep the Oaks in the lead after the ball was lost in midfield.
On the 18th minute the Oaks won a free kick on the right hand side after a good piece of play to release winger Callum brought the foul. A floated delivery from Callum in to the far post was met by Kieran with a looping head over the keeper that brought a short lived celebration after the linesman signalled for offside.
With the Oaks launching yet another series of attacks on the Horsham goal drawing yet another foul on 23 minutes. Another great delivery was met with a Sevenoaks head; this time by centre back Alfie whose effort hit the bar. So close again from the Oaks who, after wave after wave of attack, had created many good openings in the first half but failed to add to their lead, coming off with only a narrow 1-0 lead for all their excellent attacking play.
Coming out in the second half Sevenoaks started as they finished the first. On 49 minutes a cross from Callum on the left was met by James on the right hand side, making a run inside to the far post, the shot was saved and pushed round the post for a corner. James’ frustration was compounded a minute later with another chance from the corner.
The Oaks made their pressure count a few minutes later with another bit of neat work on the left released Rhys again who rounded the keeper, nearly being brought down before slotting home for his second of the game; 2-0.
Only minutes later, Rhys, buoyed by his brace of goals and working hard for the team, won the ball high up the pitch and unselfishly laid a ball square to James who took a touch to settle the ball before banging it in the top right corner of the goal. The hardest of his four chances in the game but a quality finish none the less, the young forward looking to replicate his scoring record in senior football.
Only in the 72nd minute did the Oaks concede after gave away a free kick on the edge of the box giving the home team a consolation goal. A great start to senior football for the boys with hard work and a good performance in their first competitive match together; the signs are there for a good debut season in the Suburban League.