An astonishing game in Hayes saw this Sevenoaks side continue their superb league form when they demolished a limited Old Wilsonians team to make up for the disappointment of losing out in the Cup the previous weekend.
The score at half time offered little clue to the end result on this Sweet Sunday although the Blues were completely in control throughout the opening 40 minutes. They were moving the ball with great fluency from front to back and were rarely under pressure. It was clear that it’s only a matter of time before the opening goal came quite possibly from Kai who was putting in another shift in his bright orange boots.
The game was being played in a curious atmosphere as the home side struggled to get into the match. The play was almost entirely in their half with only the occasional Breakaway but such moments were dealt with comfortably by the Sevenoaks defence. The visitors were not really making the most of their dominance in possession, their control at vital moments proving a little lacking with the final ball not quite making it to where it was required. They kept having to do it again and their hosts were obliging to that end. Eventually the inevitable happened and Fin was on hand to connect to a corner for a rather scrappy goal but they all count.
The game continued in similar vein for much of the half. Sevenoaks had their chances. Isn’t it time for a second was a familiar refrain on the sidelines and it came after15 minutes, Theo Tite playing in a more forward position today latched on to a flick from Joe Ashton to bundle the ball over the line. It wasn’t until 25 minutes that the home side had anything more than a sniff of a goal. They won a free kick about 25 yards out, the dramatic tumble of their forward earning the reward rather than the tackle itself but the resulting kick flew wide of the post.
Shortly after Harvey Hollingsbee made it three but was correctly adjudged offside so the first half ended with Sevenoaks 2 goals to the good. Their play was measured as they were given plenty of time by their generous host to build their attacks and the game was well under their control.
The second spell started with Sevenoaks pushing hard for another goal. Eddie was scaring the right back with his forays down the wing but again they could not fashion a shot on goal despite having all the possession. They were getting hungry for a third goal. Kai burst through a host of defenders and forced a good save from the goalkeeper. On 15 minutes a OW attack broke down and Eddie stole the ball. Running half the pitch with defenders in hot pursuit he did everything right but his shot slid agonisingly wide of the post.
Wouldn’t it be nice for another goal? Sevenoaks had the benefit of a full squad for the first time this season and were able to make changes throughout the game, at this stage came the game changer and the wipeout of OW. George was getting rather bored between the sticks. Nothing, besides a gentle back pass, was getting through to him and he was pushing up higher and higher. Barrie gave him his chance fully up the pitch and he grabbed it with both feet whilst Eddie took over the gloves.
20 minutes in and George was right on the spot to pick up a loose ball to smash the ball past his opposite number to make it 3-0. We may have thought that would have been it but within 10 minutes one goal became a remarkable four. No one could really believe what was happening pitchside. Whilst it was Christmas Day for George but those 10 minutes was Groundhog Day for the home team. Similar moves and similar finishes.
Not surprisingly, the will drained from Old Wilsonians. They had worked hard throughout but couldn’t match the strength, the pace and the skill of the visitors. Before the end Floris added a seventh and Harvey the eighth as all the team hunted goals against an utterly dejected opponent.
They must have had 90% possession in the second half and the introduction of George broke the dam and goals flooded out. Four wins out of four is Sevenoaks impressive record, 24 goals scored and just two conceded. Next up is Chipstead with local glory at stake and revenge from last seasons matches sought.