1st Xl definitely on top
By Paul Linaker
Five wins out of five
On a sunny, crisp afternoon, Sutton Valence 1st Xl made the trip to Sevenoaks’ Trinity School pitch.
The surface was sandy and slow, which was highlighted in the first 15 minutes, where dominating Sutton Valence struggled to complete passes and get on the score sheet. With frustration rising they looked to upgrade play to winning short corners as an open-play goal was proving difficult, and after a fantastic upgrade from Fred McVarish. James Stanford drag-flicked Valence’s first goal into the bottom corner.
Now relieved, Sutton Valence’s next 3 goals came with ease. With a reverse top bins flick from Kevin Kirkham, back post deflection from Alex Stamp, and a backboard splinterer from Charlie Humphrey.
With a now comfortable lead, Valence did what they do best and relaxed a little too much, allowing Sevenoaks to get on the score sheet with a breakaway goal.
Half time 4-1
The second half was similar to the first, with Valence dominating the game, testing the Sevenoaks’ keeper. Alex Stamp showed his skill by managing to score two more goals by trickling the ball over the line. Very exciting for the fans pitch-side. Then another goal from Kevin Kirkham, passed round the keeper by Clayton Pohiho.
Sevenoaks didn’t give up, scoring 2 more breakaway goals, thanking Sutton Valence defender Russell (the judge) for beautifully weighted balls straight to Sevenoaks’ midfielders.
Final score 7-3 continuing the winning streak with five wins out of five.
MoM: Alex Stamp
Scorers: James Stanford; Kevin Kirkham (2); Alex Stamp (3); Charlie Humphrey
DoD: Co (should have gone to Specsavers) searching for the ball all game. Then concluded Kev had it with a little strop mid game.
Team: Stewart Young, Russell Blanchard, Clayton Pohiho, Ryan Robinson, James Stanford, Fred McVarish, Marcus Bawden, Jack Davies Kevin Kirkham, Chris Johnson, Alex Stamp, Charlie Humphrey
Umpire: Lewis Mitchell
Teas: Veggie Lasagne, salad and sandwich platter.
Next week the 1st Xl play Folkestone 3rd Xl at home
Match Report by Fred McVarish