Sevenoaks were back on the 3G pitch early on Sunday to take on Coulsdon for the first time and continued in the same style as their previous outing as they turned in an utterly dominant performance to secure a comfortable victory and maintained their position at the top of the table
They started fast and immediately put the visitors under pressure showing the same passing and movement they displayed last time out. Coulsdon weren’t sitting back though. They had two chances in the urgent first five minutes.
Sevenoaks then took control and never looked back and on 12 minutes they opened their account. Brandon Parsons had already been heavily involved marked his return to the team following a long spell out with injury with a cracking goal smashing the ball from the edge of the box past the despairing goalkeeper.
Coulsdon were still in the game and Sevenoaks were taking some unnecessary chances in defence but they got away with it and began to push the opposition back. They interplay between the players was getting better and Coulsdon had little answer to the attacks down the wing. Danny and Theo at left and right back were providing overlaps and wingers Eddie and Kai were creating chances from the flanks.
However, it wasn’t until the 30th minute that the scoreline improved. It was that man George Porter who is making up for not stopping goals owing to a hand injury by scoring them like they were going out of fashion. He got the second goal and then doubled his tally a couple of minutes later by being in the right place at the right time. Where else should a centre forward be but on the six yard line when the ball comes in? Not missing that!
The goal rush continued when a fourth was added just before half time when Theo Tite lofted in a deep free kick. It appeared to avoid defenders, attacker and goalkeeper alike and bounced gently into the net. Porter was closest to a touch but Theo got the nod and the half ended with Coulsdon in a state of shock from the events of the last 10 minutes but Sevenoaks trooped off on a high, much deserved for the excellence of their play and their commitment to attacking.
The second half started with a great chance for Coulsdon to break their duck but the shot drifted wide. That turned out to be their last chance. After that it was all Sevenoaks, Kai Okulaja having his first spell in goal since u9’s spent it mostly leaning against the post as the home side pressed forward rarely giving their opponents a moments rest.
Despite the possession 10 minutes passed before the Blues added to their tally. The fifth was rather soft, the ball came over form the left and Cousldon were guilty of ball watching. So too was Josh Penfold and he had the easiest of finishes. This started a purple patch for him and he added the sixth and seventh in identical fashion with two great finishes latching onto super through balls, the second a brilliant dink over the advancing goalie.
Sevenoaks were creating chance after chance, Coulsdon had no answer to this powerplay and wilted under the onslaught. The forwards were queueing up and it was Floris on the scoresheet next to make it eight. He hasn’t had much luck in recent games after a strong start so his jink into the box and squeezing a shot into the corner was deserved for the quality of his overall play.
The scoring wasn’t over yet and the last shout went to Porter. Receiving the ball In the box, in the middle of the goal, a quick turn and the net bulges. End of.
What a game! Two hat-tricks, a hatful of other chances and some great passing made for a tremendous performance and puts the team in great shape for next weeks key match against Blue Stars. It’s still close at the top and they need to repeat this level of play next Sunday and for future matches but they way they are playing they should have the confidence to achieve this.