1st Xl move 3 points clear
By Paul Linaker
And with a game in hand
On a blustery morning; Sutton Valence 1st XI lined up against Sevenoaks 5s. Valence started the better team, keeping the opposition pinned back in their own half. Chance after chance for Valence soon ensued but a tireless effort from the Sevenoaks’ keeper would keep the ball out. Eventually, an episode of scrappy play and good fortune saw Valence’s Bailey find the back of the Sevenoaks net. 1-0 Sutton Valence.
Spurred on by the goal, Sevenoaks gathered themselves late in the second half and began to make some dangerous breaks down the right flank. Their hard work was eventually rewarded, levelling the score at one a-piece.
After the half time interval, Valence again pushing far up the field, set up camp outside the Sevenoaks’ D. Penalty corner after penalty corner came and went as Valence once again failed to find the back of the net. The deadlock was broken when a loose ball found its way to Davies on the edge of the D enabling a free shot on goal, which, to everyone’s surprise, thundered in to the back board. 2-1 Sutton Valence.
The game, now in the later stages started to open up. Valence’s Kirkham continued his one-man-band attacks and managed to find the opportunistic wonder boy Alex Stamp on the back post, who calmly slotted the ball home for the third.
Valence just had to hold on for the win yet Sevenoaks were not finished. With a field of tired legs, some poor footwork in the Valence D resulted in a penalty corner awarded. A slick one-two routine saw the ball find the Valence back board.
Despite the Valence Captain shaking with nerves, they would hold on for the win.
Goals: Chris Bailey, Jack Davies, Alex Stamp
Match Tea: Sausage, Chips, & Beans
Team: Stewart Young, Russ Blanchard, James Stanford, Ryan Robinson, Alex Hodges, Alex Stamp, Kevin Kirkham, Brett Angel, Jack Davies, Chris Bailey, Johnny Walker, James Padwick.
Umpire: Bob Bartlett
Match Report by Jack Davies.
Next week the 1st Xl play away at 11am against Folkestone Optimist 3rd Xl who are currently languishing in 9th slot.