Phoenix Sports 1 Sevenoaks 0

Monday, March 18, 2019

Missed opportunities cost Sevenoaks Town the chance of victory in this wind ruined Bostik South East League contest on Saturday.

 

A goal down at half-time to home top scorer Jeff Duah-Kessie’s 27th minute penalty, the hosts only shot on target in the game, Oaks adapted well playing against the elements after the break - dominating possession, but lacking any end product.

 

Boss Micky Collins gave Kieran Hughes his first start at left back, Josh Dorling switching to partner centre back Jack Miles as skipper Tom Ripley was suspended after 10 bookings.

 

New signing Lauris Chin, signed in midweek from Whyteleafe, made his debut, with Adrian Stone partnering Frankie Sawyer leading the side against his former club.

 

Oaks’ misfortune in front of goal started when Stone had a good finish ruled out for offside, before Phoenix went in front.

 

Unlucky Hughes conceded the spot kick - the ball bouncing up and hitting him on the arm, Duah-Kessie drilling home low to Ben Bridle-Card’s right.

 

Sawyer put another effort just wide of the far post, then set-up Fraser Walker two minutes before half-time who missed the target.

 

Oaks had a game plan to defy the wind and it worked - only for a catalogue of misses to derail them.

 

Seven minutes in, Stone’s shot was deflected for a corner - the resulting kick falling to him again, this time seeing his fierce effort bounce off home keeper Steve Phillips’ chest.

 

Sawyer turned provider again for Chin, only to shoot wide from six yards, then missed out himself after neat build-up on the edge of the box.

 

Phoenix blasted two efforts high and wide, with Bridle-Card forced to work harder simply controlling the ball in his 18-yard box as the wind continued to howl.

 

Stoppage time proved no different - Osman Proni blasted wide, and Sawyer did the same moments later, with almost the last kick of a frustrating afternoon.

 

Oaks stay 13th they host Greenwich Borough on Saturday (3pm).

 

Meanwhile the club’s Under-16s lifted the Kent Cup beating Phoenix Sports 1-0 at Faversham on Sunday.

 

Moteiejus Burba's 75th minute penalty proved the winner.

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