For their first home game since November, Sevenoaks had the run of the immaculate 3G surface at the Bourne Stadium for this match and they ultimately took full advantage of it.
Their opponents were overwhelmed in the opposing fixture but it was they who started better and were passing the ball with confidence. Sevenoaks appeared a little sleepy perhaps expecting the team they played previously. The personnel were the same but their performance was so much more confident and they were challenging Sevenoaks and putting them under pressure, indeed they had the first chance.
The home team grew into the game and were taking advantage of the true playing surface and passing the ball with aplomb but they were lacking a cutting edge. The first real chance fell to Old Wilsonians as sloppy play allowed them in on goal but fortunately they shot wide.
The Oaks stepped up their game after that chance and began to push their opponents back. They were making in-roads down the wings and Eddie Lane on the left and the impressive Joe Cole on the right were seeing a lot of the ball but their crosses could just not find a foot or a head. Their goalkeeper kept the score level on a number of occasions but it was beginning to look like one of those days as the first half ended all square.
The second half started much as the first half played out with Sevenoaks pushing forward, trying desperately to force an opener but Old Wilsonians were proving a hard nut to crack, crowding the box whenever Sevenoaks threatened. The away team were playing their part and were getting forward but the back four coped with everything that came their way. The goalkeepers (Kai in the first half and Danny in the second half) didn’t really have to make any saves.
There were goals in the game but they took a while to come, finally 10 minutes into the second half George Porter latched onto a loose ball in the box and his shot bounced off one post and screwed across the line into the back of the net. The home team celebrated in their regular understated manner! After this, there was unlikely to be any other result than a Sevenoaks win, the pressure was off and they began to create more chances and look more dangerous. Joe Cole smashed in a shot and Josh Penfold had a super freekick palmed away by their goalkeeper whilst Eddie Lane cracked a sharp volley across the box.
Sevenoaks continued to play with intelligence, keeping possession and moving the ball around. At 1-0 “ole” would have been inappropriate but it was impressive football. A second goal was needed though especially when the home team lost concentration for a moment allowing Old Wilsonians in on goal with numbers to spare however they dithered and the defence recovered to snuff out that chance.
It wasn’t until the 32nd minute that things looked better for the hosts. A classic goalmouth scramble with the ball pinging about and the ball was smuggled over the line to make it 2-0. It was unclear who scored and the players didn’t seem to sure either but Danny Knowles got the nod.
In the last minute, George Porter, who clearly likes playing against this team following his quartet in the previous game, got a second and the teams third to finish O.W. off. He received the ball on the edge of the box and curled a super shot into the right of the goal.
That was the last action of the match and it was a deserved result for Sevenoaks, maintaining their unbeaten record. This was one of their best performances of the season, they controlled the game and didn’t panic when the goals didn’t come to begin with, they kept possession and kept probing and ultimately the chances they created resulted in the goals the quality of their play deserved.