Dorking Wanderers 2 Oaks 1

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Frankie Sawyer’s hot scoring streak continued as Sevenoaks Town bowed out of the FA Trophy.
Skipper Sawyer netted his fifth in three games, making it 12 for the season, as Oaks pushed the Surrey side, third in the Bostik League Premier Division, all the way.

Playing with two left fingers heavily bandaged after an accident at work, Sawyer made it 1-1 with a fine finish a minute, before half time punishing a poor clearance by home keeper Slavomir Huk.

Jason Prior had put Wanderers ahead nine minutes earlier with a far post tap- in, converting a low right wing cross.


The hosts were happy to count the clock down at the end, after Prior settled this First Qualifying Round tie with a 69th minute penalty.

Left back Greg Benbow connected with James McShane rather than the ball in trying to clear and Prior stepped up to beat Ben Bridle-Card.

The Oaks keeper was the star of the show after that - with five top saves in the space of 13 minutes, preventing the margin of victory being undeservedly much bigger.

He began by keeping out Prior’s shot on the turn, before two even better stops to deny McShane, and then turn home skipper Chris Boulter’s effort onto a post.

He punched clear from substitute Neil McManus, and then kept our fellow sub Giuseppe Sole’s close range effort.

The game though was one and lost on small margins - Oaks new-boy Ainsley Everett seeing Huk deny him his first goal for the club, blocking his effort - three minutes before Prior’s match-winning spot-kick.

Wanderers’ earlier had seen strong penalty claims, waved away by Hampshire referee Alex Mathieson after only seven minutes - as Prior went down under Tom Ripley’s challenge - deeming the Oaks defender had played the ball first.

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