First Team - Match centre

Sevenoaks Town
Crowborough Athletic
B Bennett (39'), J Bingham (88' Sent Off)
Full time
Mon 28 Aug 15:00 - Southern Counties East Football League - Premier Division Attendance 179

CROWS WILT IN THE SUMMER HEAT AT SEVENOAKS.

First league defeat of the season suffered by the Crows as the Oaks deserve the points.

Bad day at the office in the end.
There's not a lot to be said for this game as a spectacle for the watching public, except to say that the Oaks fans went home happier than the Crow's supporters just because their team took the three points in the end.
The first half was an even affair, both teams having half chances however, the home side were given an excellent opportunity in the 8th minute to take an early lead when they were awarded a penalty by the referee, this after Tear and Ellis, in the Crow's goal, got themselves in a mess and Bennett was sent tumbling to the ground. The forward got up and took the spot kick himself, hitting the ball firmly to Ellis' right hand side, however, the big stopper made amends by diving the same way and pulling off a great save to keep the score at 0-0.
The next 30 minutes was full of endeavour and effort, plenty of commitment and sweat on show but too many long balls from both sides and too many free kicks spoilt any chance of the game settling into any kind of rhythm so the quality was just not there.
The winning goal, as it turned out, in the 40th minute, summed up the game overall, as it was a scrappy one to say the least, Bennett scuffing his shot from inside the area, the ball travelling slowly to the right hand side of the goal, hitting the post and gently rolling over the line with Ellis going in the other intended direction of the shot.
Therefore, just before half time, the Oaks took a 1-0 lead and to most of us watching, the match had the look of one goal would probably be enough to take the points and that's how it turned out.
At the start of the second half Tear had to be replaced by Barton as he was suffering with a bad back and a slight knee injury. However, in truth the Crows never got going in the second half whilst the home side managed to up their tempo and dominated for large parts of the half.
They had chances to increase their lead and had it not been for Turner, Ellis and White, the winning margin would have been greater. Turner was a colossus at centre back and was always in the right place at the right time and fully deserved his Man of the Match award after the final whistle. When he didn't manage to cut the ball out, Ellis was there to save the ball from going in the net.
Going forward though the Crows didn't really trouble Holloway in the Oaks goal too much. There was a marked lack of creativity in the midfield area from the Crows and Attwood was left isolated and chasing hopeful balls far too many times to be effective where he was needed the most, in the penalty area.
A further difference between the first and second half was the decisions made by the referee, in the first period any 50-50 challenges if deemed fouls were evenly awarded, however, in the second period, these challenges seemed to go the way of the home side more often than not, although this didn't contribute to the end result or our poor performance.
As normal for the second period substitutions from both sides through the half disturbed the flow of the game, as did the sending off of one of the Oaks substitutes near the end of the game for two yellow cards. It didn't make any difference in the end and when the final whistle blew no one could argue that the better team on the day won and the Crows could have no complaints. Thus the red kit had suffered its first defeat and we now have to prepare to play Sevenoaks Town again this coming Saturday at the Gallagher Stadium in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round.
If any encouragement is needed to turn in a better performance in this game, then it's an early opportunity to avenge this league defeat and to progress in the Emirates FA Cup and claim the prize money on offer.

Key moments

39:00
Goal Billy Bennett scores for Sevenoaks Town
88:00
Red Card Joe Bingham is sent off for Sevenoaks Town

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Jack Turner is awarded player of the match for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +1:00 Blocked Shot
Sam Crabb has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
88:00 Yellow Card
Joe Bingham is yellow carded for Sevenoaks Town
88:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Joe Bingham is sent off for Sevenoaks Town
82:00 Yellow Card
Tom Phipp is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
79:00 Sub Off
Jack Walder is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
79:00 Sub On
Connor Pring is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
79:00 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
78:00 Missed Shot
Jason Barton misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
72:00 Missed Shot
Danny Ellis misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
71:00 Sub Off
Rory Hill is substituted off for Sevenoaks Town
71:00 Sub Off
Sam Carrington is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
71:00 Sub On
Tom Pearson is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
71:00 Sub On
Harrison Carnegie is substituted on for Sevenoaks Town
70:00 Missed Shot
Ross Treleaven misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
66:00 Sub Off
Andy Irvine is substituted off for Sevenoaks Town
66:00 Sub On
Byron Walker is substituted on for Sevenoaks Town
63:00 Yellow Card
Jack Turner is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
60:00 Saved Shot
Tom Young has a shot saved for Sevenoaks Town
58:00 Missed Shot
Greg Benbow misses a shot for Sevenoaks Town
57:00 Missed Shot
Rory Hill misses a shot for Sevenoaks Town
56:00 Saved Shot
Sam Crabb has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
55:00 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
53:00 Yellow Card
Joe Bingham is yellow carded for Sevenoaks Town
47:00 Sub On
Joe Bingham is substituted on for Sevenoaks Town
47:00 Sub Off
Paul Springett is substituted off for Sevenoaks Town
46:00 Missed Shot
Tom Young misses a shot for Sevenoaks Town
46:00 Sub On
Jason Barton is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
46:00 Sub Off
Dan Tear is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
End of period 1
39:00 Goal 1 - 0
Billy Bennett scores for Sevenoaks Town
37:00 Saved Shot
Ross Treleaven has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
33:00 Blocked Shot
Billy Bennett has a shot blocked for Sevenoaks Town
14:00 Blocked Shot
Jack Turner has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
9:00 Yellow Card
Paul Springett is yellow carded for Sevenoaks Town
8:00 Saved Penalty
Daniel Ellis saves a penalty for Crowborough Athletic
8:00 Missed Penalty
Billy Bennett misses a penalty for Sevenoaks Town
7:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Ellis is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
4:00 Missed Shot
Tom Phipp misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Sevenoaks Town
  • Crowborough Athletic
  • 0
  • Daniel Ellis Yellow Card 7:00'
  • Daniel Ellis Saved Penalty 8:00'
  • Billy Bennett Missed Penalty 8:00'
  • Paul Springett Yellow Card 9:00'
  • Billy Bennett Goal 39:00'
  • Dan Tear Sub Off 46:00'
  • Jason Barton Sub On 46:00'
  • Joe Bingham Sub On 47:00'
  • Paul Springett Sub Off 47:00'
  • Joe Bingham Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Jack Turner Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Andy Irvine Sub Off 66:00'
  • Byron Walker Sub On 66:00'
  • Tom Pearson Sub On 71:00'
  • Sam Carrington Sub Off 71:00'
  • Rory Hill Sub Off 71:00'
  • Harrison Carnegie Sub On 71:00'
  • Jack Walder Sub Off 79:00'
  • Connor Pring Sub On 79:00'
  • Tom Phipp Yellow Card 82:00'
  • Joe Bingham Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Joe Bingham Red Card 88:00'
  • Jack Turner Player of the Match 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Daniel
White, James White, James
Turner, Jack Turner, Jack
Tear, Dan Tear, Dan
Treleaven, Ross Treleaven, Ross
Crabb, Sam Crabb, Sam
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Walder, Jack Walder, Jack
Ellis, Danny Ellis, Danny
Attwood, Zac Attwood, Zac
Carrington, Sam Carrington, Sam
Sevenoaks Town
  • 1. Craig Holloway
  • 2. Stephen Camacho
  • 3. Greg Benbow
  • 4. Paul Springett
  • 5. Tom Ripley
  • 6. Corey Holder
  • 7. Rory Hill
  • 8. Jimmy Rogers
  • 9. Andy Irvine
  • 10. Billy Bennett
  • 11. Tom Young
  • 12. Byron Walker
  • 13. Brett Ince
  • 14. Harrison Carnegie
  • 15. Joe Bingham
  • 16. Joshua Fernandes

League round up

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0
2
Croydon
Beckenham Town
0
3
Erith Town
1
3
Deal Town
Chatham Town
0
0
Rochester United
0
0
Hollands & Blair
1
2
Cray Valley PM
Lordswood
2
1
Bearsted
Rusthall
0
0
Tunbridge Wells
Whitstable Town
1
0
Sheppey United

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitstable Town 6 15
2. Sevenoaks Town 6 13
3. Croydon 7 13
4. Canterbury City 8 11
5. AFC Croydon Athletic 7 11
6. Corinthian 7 11
7. Crowborough Athletic 5 10

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