Sevenoaks 1 Whitstable 1

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Substitute Ainsley Everett’s spectacular stoppage-time strike earned Sevenoaks Town a Bostik League South East point at the Bourne Stadium on Tuesday night.

Everett, sent on as replacement for Kenny Pogue, with 20 minutes left, could not have wished to score a better first goal for the club, following his move from East Grinstead in early October.

William Johnson-Cole scored Oaks’ 96th minute equaliser when the two teams - last season’s Southern Counties East League champions and runners-up - met in September.

They left it late again, the clock having ticked into four minutes added on by referee Kane Dempster.

Ryan Makosini-Kanye’s  burst from close to the halfway line started the move, before playing in Everett, who took two touches, before lashing the ball inside Whitstable keeper Dan Eason’s left hand post.

A delighted Everett’s reward was the Sevenoaks Sports’ MOM award, admitting his maiden goal had been long overdue.

Steve Smith, scorer in the reverse fixture, put Whitstable ahead just before the hour, running onto Jordan Wright’s defence splitting pass, and sliding home past Oaks, debutant goalkeeper Louie Catherall as he raced out to try and narrow the angle.

Oaks went close to being back on terms two minutes, later, Pogue’s low cross into the  box almost picked out Frankie Sawyer, denied by a last ditch clearance by Whitstable defender Tom Bryant.

Eighteen year-old Catharall,  signed on loan from Gillingham, had little to do in a game of few clear-cut chances, while Eason, one of the best non-league stoppers in the county wasn’t extended very much either until Oaks threatened late on.

He pushed one effort away low to his right, but had no chance with Everett’s dramatic late leveller.

Boss Micky Collins made four changes from the team beaten 2-1 at Ashford United - Dan Parkinson, Jack Miles, Pogue and Osman Proni replacing Mikey Dalton, Josh Dorling, Luke Holness and Ryan Fowler who were all on the bench.

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