Fixture 18/03/2017 Mens 1st XI

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Fixture

Fixture
  • Details
  • 17:00
  • Mens 1st XI
  • Richmond 1
  • Holly Bush Lane
  • 4-2
  • Sevenoaks 4 v 2 Richmond 

    Sevenoaks beat Richmond 4-2 at Hollybush Lane on Saturday evening to set up a winner takes all clash away to Teddington next weekend in the final game of the league season. Both Teddington and Sevenoaks have amassed 43 points over 17 games, with Teddington having the slight advantage on goal difference by 2 goals.

    Richmond arrived at Hollybush Lane having endured a poor run of form in the National Conference East since the Christmas break, but as last season's league champions, who boasted the best defensive record in the league prior to the game, it was not going to be a simple game for Oaks. The opening exchanges of the game were fairly even with both sides enjoying spells of possession but neither keeper was called into action until the 13th minute when Rob Schilling advanced down the left hand side of the pitch and picked out David Smith in the D; he passed across goal towards Tejinder Hanspal who controlled the ball and on the turn he flicked the ball hard past the Richmond keeper to make the score 1-0 to Sevenoaks. Not long after, both sides were reduced to 10 men for 2 minutes when George Torry and a Richmond defender received green cards and were sent to the sin-bin for a coming together deep in the Richmond half. Oaks were desperately unlucky not to double their lead on the 20 minute mark when Tim Warrington and Tom Chandler linked up down the right hand side and the former's ball across goal rolled agonisingly past Duncan Parnis, who was unable to get a touch into the goal. As is so often the case, the missed opportunity was immediately punished as Richmond went straight down the other end and won a penalty corner, and converted it into the bottom corner to make the score 1-1 after 21 minutes.  Sevenoaks responded extremely well and over the next few minutes earned two penalty corners of their own but Andrew Ross found the visiting keeper in excellent form repelling both his efforts on goal. Oaks's momentum was halted in the 30th minute when Nick Barker received a 2 minute green card sin-bin for a somewhat innocuous tackle in the middle of the pitch. As half time approached Richmond won their 2nd penalty corner of the game, and this time the drag-flick crashed off the cross bar, where the ball fell kindly for the attacker to follow up and bundle the ball past Richard Potton in the Oaks goal to make it 2-1 to Richmond. Once again the Oaks response to conceding was positive and they immediately won a penalty corner of their own seconds before the half time whistle was due to blow. This time Ross's effort was too good for the keeper; fizzing in off the post into the corner of the net to draw the sides level at 2-2 as they went into the interval. 

    Early in the 2nd half Richmond had an opportunity to re-take the lead with the award of their 3rd penalty corner of the game, with the previous 2 having brought about goals. However, this time Potton made a fine double save to keep the scores level at 2-2. 6 minutes into the half it was Oaks who edged ahead when Ali Taylor fed the ball to Parnis whose ball into the D was controlled by Torry and smashed on the reverse between the keeper's legs to put Oaks 3-2 up. Oaks were desperately close to extending their lead when an attack ended with the ball squirming under the keeper - both Smith and a Richmond defender went for the ball on the goal-line and the defender got their just before Smith could get the decisive touch. Bizarrely Smith was punished with a 2 minute green card sin-bin for his fractionally mis-timed tackle on the opposition goal-line. With only a one goal advantage Richmond were always a threat on the counter and had a clear game plan to win penalty corners to give their drag-flick specialist sights at the Sevenoaks goal. They won two penalty corners midway through the half and the first one saw Savills Man of the Match Potton palm away the goal-bound effort. The second set-piece saw Potton make the initial save and then from the rebound Ross made an improbable goal-line clearance to keep Oaks in the lead. In the 57th minute Oaks gave themselves a 2-goal cushion when Nick Barker's ball down the right hand side was picked up by Warrington who carried the ball into the D and pulled the ball back for Mike Barber whose initial effort was saved by the keeper but Barber was able to force in the rebound to make it 4-2. That is how it would remain until full time. 

    With Teddington beating Oxted 5-2, they remain at the top of the Conference East by virtue of goal difference. A quirk of the fixture list sees Sevenoaks travel to Teddington in the final round of fixtures for a winner takes all face off, with the winner qualifying for the Premier League playoffs.
  • Captain ID
    104
  • Date
    2017-03-18
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