Sevenoaks Town’s debut Bostik South East season ended on a disappointing note.
Bidding to record a fourth successive win, it proved a poor finale to a memorable first season at Step 4 level.
Things fell apart In a costly 10 minute spell close to half-time, finding themselves 2-0 down, then seeing Kyle De Silva dismissed for two yellow cards.
The midfielder’s fall in the box on the was seen as simulation by referee Kane Dempster.
Four other players, Josh Dorling, Ben Bridle-Card, Tom Ripley and Fraser Walker were also booked.
Boss Micky Collins made a double switch at the break, Dan Cumber and Lauris Chin, replacing Dan Parkinson and Adrian Stone.
They conceded a third with 25 minutes left, before top scorer Frankie Sawyer got one back, his fourth in three games and 24th of the season, but the game was already beyond them.
In-form VCD narrowly missed on play-offs the previous weekend, but still showed they meant business, Ben Bridle-Card saving twice from Malachi Hudson.
Oaks responded, Ryan Fowler and Parkinson going close, before the Oaks kept them level with two more important stops to deny Jack Steventon and Junior Baker.
All three goals came from free-kicks. Hudson fired home after the ball fell to him on the edge of the box, Baker then tapped the second unmarked at the far post.
Oaks improved in the second half, Jack Miles shot wide, Sawyer forced two saves from VCD ‘keeper Matt Funnell, before Jack Steventon headed home VCD’s third.
Ainsley Everett and Ripley then went close, before Sawyer made it 3-1 with a left foot finish.
Bridle-Card saved well again from Steventon as VCD threatened again.
Oaks finished 10th - an excellent reward from a first season of more plusses than minuses - it’s been fun.
See you next season.