A hat-trick from Eddie Lane was the highlight of a convincing win for the Tandridge u15 team in their opening fixture of the 18/19 season against a determined Bromley side.
It was a much changed Sevenoaks team that took the field at Sevenoaks School, one that only had the benefit of one pre-season friendly and a few training sessions to gel but they began confidently and were soon moving the ball about well, the interplay between the team was impressive given their limited time together before the match.
The opening minutes were quite even, the home team had the best chances but the other blue team were playing quite positively but it was Sevenoaks who opened the scoring. They were awarded a free kick on the right, Theo’s cross wasn’t quite what he intended but a quick flick played in Josh, their goalkeeper parried the ball and whilst Bromley dozed, Floris nipped in to score.
This opener gave Sevenoaks a boost and they began to take control of the game and doubled their lead before long. A great ball across the pitch from the impressive Conor Gilmartin landed at Josh’s feet he drove forward but when the ball bounced off the goalkeeper, Floris was there again for an easy finish to make it 2-0.
The next goal went Sevenoaks way. Joe Benfield slipped a pass through to Eddie Lane on the left who shot crisply across the goalkeeper into the right corner. Within two minutes it was 4-0 with Eddie scoring with an identical shot. A rout looked possible as the hosts were looking dangerous each time they pressed forward but Bromley although frustrated didn’t give up and worked hard although they didn’t goalie George Porter under any particular pressure.
With a substantial lead half way through the first half it was not particularly surprising that Sevenoaks switched off a bit. They got a bit sloppy and were allowing Bromley back into the game, however they got their game going again and could have scored two or three more by half time if everything had gone their way. To keep them on their toes, Porter was forced into a good save just before half time, they would have to stay switched on for the whole match.
The second half was much closer as Bromley showed great endeavour to try and get something out of the game. Sevenoaks struggled to get the ball out of their half for the first few minutes as their opponents pressed hard for a goal and Sevenoaks had to work hard at their defence for a time.
They weathered this storm and began to exert more influence on the game, the key was simply getting hold of the ball and keeping it. The defence with Arron Donald, Theo Tite and Conor Gilmartin were working well with George in goal and crested a stable base for launching attacks with their confident passing and movement.
Joe Ryder, playing possibly his last game for Sevenoaks , was holding the ball up well and making run to scare the defenders but couldn’t get the goal he deserved. Harvey had a great chance turned around the corner by the keeper too and there were other chances to add to the scoreline.
Bromley broke forward and George had to tip the ball against the bar but this was Bromley’s best chance of the match and before long it was 5-0. One of their attacks broke down and Josh cleared to