Sevenoaks Town u15 maintained their lead at the top of league with a win against hard working and determined opponents in JDG Rovers.
The sunshine belied the cold conditions and the bumpy pitch challenged the passing game that the team have been using recently to great effect but they shrugged off both to take the game to JDG from the start. Eddie Lane had the first chance but the opener went to Brandon Parsons after five minutes. He skipped into the box and his cross clipped the defender to deflect past the goalkeeper.
A few minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors and it looked like the pattern of recent games was going to be repeated. Theo Tite played a terrific pass out to Parsons and got a cross into the box to be met by Josh Penfold who bundled it across the line by means of his thigh!
Despite the set back the hosts made great efforts to get back into the game inspired by their impressive no.4 who gave them hope every time the ball came to him. He pounced on a loose ball in the middle of the park to create a glorious chance to reduce the deficit. The ball was played out to the right and their forward was unmarked just a few yards out but couldn’t just get a touch on the tempting cross.
The game went back the other end and Sevenoaks had a couple of great chances to extend their lead Eddie Lane smashed a vicious shot which the goalkeeper did well to push out whilst Joe Ashton chipped a ball over the defence to which had the goalkeeper desperately back-peddling. He did exceptionally well to get a hand to it and everyone watched it bouncing along the line before slipping away to safety.
A lot of action was packed into the opening quarter but it began to look safe for the visitors when Joe Cole made it 3-0 with a crisp finish from close range after being set up by a smart move involving Danny Sole & Eddie Lane.
JDG didn’t think the game was over. They had a good go at the Blues although Sevenoaks were creating problems for themselves having lost the intensity of the opening. They lost shape and were allowing their opponents too much time and space on the ball but the hosts could just not capitalise on their advantage.
A few minutes before half-time it was surely game over. Floris Faulstich fought hard for the ball and set up Parsons who rode a heavy tackle as he drove into the box. He stayed on his feet and crossed the ball where the onrushing Josh Penfold got his head to the ball, Aguero style, giving the goalkeeper no chance to make it 4-0.
JDG started the second half with some urgency but some flowing moves presented good chances for Faulstich and Mills-Packer but Sevenoaks couldn’t add to the scoreline.
It wasn’t a classic by any means as neither team could exert consistent control over the game. It was end to end stuff and additional chances fell to both sides, JDG were still trying hard to find a way back into the game and get the goal (or goals) their performance deserved, The No 4 was still making them tick. The Sevenoaks defence held firm again and George Porter was rarely forced into making saves. If JDG had made the most of their chances it would have been a different matter but it was that quality that separated the two sides.
Sevenoaks made it 5-0 when Eddie Lane made a determined run down the left wing and cut across the back-line. His pass found Josh Penfold who was perfectly placed to claim another hat-trick.
So, another win for the team, 11 victories out of 12 and still unbeaten even if the scoreline was slightly flattering, not for their performance but that of their opponents. They move on to next Sunday’s not to be missed table topping clash with Croydon Athletic.