Sevenoaks 2 Hythe 0

Friday, October 5, 2018

Substitute William Johnson-Cole made an impressive debut as Sevenoaks Town claimed their first ever Bostik League South East home win.

The former Crystal Palace youngster, signed from Southern Counties East League Punjab  United a fortnight ago, came off the bench to score the stoppage-time equaliser at Whitstable in midweek, and made a big impact again, winning the sponsors MOM award.

Johnson-Cole who replaced Sam Crabb, forced off with a hamstring injury after only 33 minutes, opened the scoring just past the hour mark, and made the second for skipper and ex-Hythe man Frankie Sawyer nine minutes later.

He went close to getting a second in stoppage-time, only to be denied by the  crossbar.

Kenny Pogue, also facing a former team, set-up the first, and claimed another, but the assistant referee ruled his effort didn’t cross the line after bouncing down off the underside of the bar.

Hythe skipper Chris Kinnear fired inches wide early on, before Oaks keeper Ben Bridle-Card saved another effort from Nathan Daly.

Unmarked Kieron Campbell missed badly unmarked in the box before Ryan Palmer drilled a free-kick just over the bar.

Bridle-Card then pulled off a second fine stop to keep out another effort from Kinnear in a goalless first half.

Pogue and Tom Ripley both tested Hythe keeper George Kamarusi soon after the restart, before Oaks broke the deadlock.

Pogue held the all up well on the left, before crossing for Johnson-Cole to head in at the far post, despite Kamarusi getting a hand on the ball.

Pogue headed against the bar three minutes later, convinced he had scored, before Oaks doubled the lead 18 minutes from time.

Johnson-Cole’s pace troubled Hythe again with a run into the box, before crossing for Sawyer to score with a close-range finish.

The super-sub then hit the woodwork late on, before victory was complete - making it seven points out of nine in a week - a solid platform heading into October.

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