Sevenoaks Town continued their impressive Bostik South East away form with a third successive win at Southwood on Saturday.
The victory extended their unbeaten run on the road to eight games, coming from behind to claim the points, thanks to skipper Frankie Sawyer’s penalty, Kenny Pogue’s third goal in four games, and substitute Luke Coleman to record their first ever win over the Rams in eight meetings spanning 15 years.
Oaks now have a two-week break due to Thamesmead Town folding and it may be a blessing as Pogue, Fraser Walker and young debutant Josh Dorling all picked up knocks.
The game kicked off at lunchtime due to the Thanet club’s floodlight problems, Pogue heading over early on.
Rams went in front after 10 minutes - Sawyer’s cross was blocked at one end before play immediately switched to other, striker Aaron Millbank putting full back Jake McKenzie clear, to run and fire past Ben Bridle-Card.
Oaks responded quickly, Sawyer’s cross was cleared off the line, before levelled from the spot seven minutes later.
Home skipper Luke Wheatley pushed over ex-Ram Tom Ripley in the area, and Sawyer stepped up to score his 13th goal of the season.
Bridle-Card saved well from Charlie Dickens soon afterwards, before opposite number Luke Watkins produced a fine stop to keep out Pogue’s goal bound flick, and then stopped another effort on the turn.
Pogue was booked for handling the ball into the net, attempting to score, before Oaks went in front, with one of their best goals of the season.
Walker started the move, played in Sawyer away on the right, he rounded the on-rushing Watkins, before crossing for Pogue to flick home.
Micky Collins made a switch at half-time, sending on Ainsley Everett in place of William Johnson Cole.
He was forced into another change soon afterwards, Pogue replaced due to a rib injury, suffered after being struck by Millbank’s fierce free-kick late in the first half.
Sawyer should have put the result beyond doubt three minutes later - left one-on-one against Watkins - only to miss the target.
Ripley headed wide, then just missed out on converting Alec Fiddis’ deep cross to the far post.
Oaks added the third 12 minutes from time, Sawyer crossing for Coleman to flick home on his return after two months out following a hernia operation.