Oaks Progress in FA Cup

Monday, August 27, 2018

Luke Coleman hit the winner as Sevenoaks Town earned a hard earned Preliminary Round victory to progress in the FA Cup.

 

Chairman Nick Robinson was at the game to watch the tie between two new Bostik League clubs  - Central Division Bedfont also promoted last season, as runners up in the Combined Counties League. 

 

Coleman made it three in two games, following two in the 3-1 win at former club Folkestone in the Kent Senior Cup win on Tuesday night.

 

He fired Town in front after only 11 minutes , with a far post finish converting Jake McIntyre’s well flighted corner.

 

Town had already survived two early scares, Ben Bridle-Card saving well to keep out Charlie Postance’s fierce drive after only four minutes, and then pushing another goal bound effort from the same player for a corner.

 

The Town keeper played despite struggling with a dead leg picked up at Folkestone, but both early saves kept his side in the tie, his display deservedly winning the MOM award, sponsored by Sevenoaks Sports.

 

He made two more important stops from Postance and Simd Mbonki late in the first half as the Middlesex visitors finished strongly.  

 

Sam Crabb and Osman Proni both had early second half chances - before Town found themselves left with a three-on-one attack, only for Crabb to shoot wide of the far post.

 

Bedfont kept pressing, Alex Rose’s free-kick drifted wide, of the far post and Bridle-Card saved from Mbonki.

 

The visitors were then reduced to 10 men, 11 minutes from time, Callum O’Sullivan, shown a straight red for a challenge on Jack Miles.

 

Pogue, who replaced Coleman, went close, before Proni and skipper Billy Bennett both fired over.

The clock had ticked well into stoppage-time when Town broke again - Pogue crossing for Frankie Sawyer, who was denied by Bedfont keeper Rourke Pickford.

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