Sevenoaks give Beckenham Town the Blues

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sevenoaks u15 marched on with a thoroughly dominant victory against Beckenham Town Blues.

The tone was set in the opening minutes when the home team opened the scoring after just a couple of minutes. Eddie Lane capitalised on a clearance that caught in the strong winds for an easy finish although there was a hint of good fortune as the ball may have hit his arm but the referee had no concerns and the goal stood.


Brandon Parsons was heavily involved early in the game, chasing down Beckenham players and turning the ball over before playing in his team mates as Sevenoaks built on their good start.

Eddie Lane made it two for him and his team on 15 minutes, calmly rounding the goalkeeper and walking the ball over the line after latching onto a ball over the top of the defence. He nearly had a third a few minutes later when his shot bounced off the cross bar.


Before long Sevenoaks were three goals to the good. This time Brandon was on the score sheet jinking into the box and sliding the ball past the outstretched arms of the goalie.


The game was almost entirely being played in the Beckenham half. George Porter in goal for Sevenoaks was largely a spectator. The centre half pairing of Arran Donald and Joe Benfield were coping well with the visitors forwards whilst the backs, Kai Okulaja and Conor Gilmartin were creating attacks as much as they were stopping them.


Before the half hour was up, Sevenoaks stretched their lead. The ball was bouncing around the opponent’s box and when it came back in Danny Sole was on hand to stick out a boot and deflect it in. Their goalkeeper was wrong footed and had no chance.


A few minutes later and Eddie Lane had his hat-trick. Joe Benfield launched a ball that made it over the heads of the defenders landing nicely in Eddie’s path. He took it wide, drawing the goalie out and slipped the ball into the empty net.


Finally, Beckenham had a half chance, their forward picking up a loose ball and taking a shot quickly but this flew safely wide of the right post.


The ‘Oaks saw the rest of the half out keeping possession well. Danny Knowles keeping things ticking over with a series of simple passes ensuring the ball continued to be in the gift of a blue shirt, the Beckenham Blues playing in red, of course)


Sevenoaks were playing into the wind for the second half so the dynamic could change considerable. However, they were not about to sit back and wait for the ball to come to them. They started at a rush determined not to allow their opponents the chance to take advantage of the favourable conditions.


The quality of the interplay between the players was excellent and George Mills-Packham and Finn Richardson were not allowing Beckenham to settle on the ball and their incisive play was creating chance after chance as they cut through the increasingly demoralised Beckenham back line. It was only the final touch that stopped the scoreline from widening, it was as if they had too much time and choice and this allowed Beckenham to shut down these chances, their goalkeeper was not giving up and he made a number of vital stops to keep the score down.


Kai was running at the defence again and again and finally he got through and finished coolly for a well deserved goal to make it six for Sevenoaks.


The final piece of action belonged to the home side. Another driving run from Kai was ended by a foul and Brandon lined up the free kick. He lifted the ball over the wall and the goal keeper gathered but it popped out of his grasp and as he squirmed around to get the ball George Mills-Packham followed up to tap the ball in and the game ended with Sevenoaks seven to the good.

Another win, another clean sheet and another team dispatched as they press on towards the defining game against Croydon in two weeks but they need to go against JDG next Sunday.




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