Sevenoaks Town Football Club will face Lordswood FC in the FA Cup on Saturday 11th August, and they are preparing themselves well with pre-season friendlies already underway.
Over the last few weeks, Sevenoaks have faced Margate, Dartford and Tonbridge Angels on their 3G pitch at Greatness Park and despite losing all three matches, there are significant improvements across the entire squad. This materialised on the pitch on Saturday afternoon when they travelled to a strong Deal Town side on the coast.
Micky Collins’ Sevenoaks won twice at Deal during last season’s title-winning campaign but they had to work hard to make it three in a row against a Deal team whose performance would have more than satisfied their manager, Derek Hares.
Sevenoaks went ahead in the match after the second of two penalties in the opening 11 minutes was put away by Frankie Sawyer. This was after Deal’s keeper James Tonkin saved Mikey Dalton’s first spot kick. Zac Attwood was brought down for both penalties.
Billy Bennett then doubled Sevenoaks’ advantage just past the half hour mark, however three minutes later Sam Wilson headed home to produce a 2-1 interval score line.
Sevenoaks then regained their two-goal lead through substitute Josh Greenleafe’s fierce 63rd-minute strike, but Deal kept plugging away and Wilson added his second with a sharp finish 15 minutes from time.
Sevenoaks face a tough game against Maidstone United on Tuesday night before hosting Tunbridge Wells on Saturday.
Off the field, Micky Collins has had a busy summer making additions to his squad, whilst saying goodbye to others.
The recent signing of Andres Tobon, who has been on trial at the club recently, has already proved popular and he will give the team more pace and goalscoring opportunities.
Sevenoaks’ incoming players this summer include Zac Attwood, Andres Tobon, Sam Crabb, Mikey Dalton, Rob Saunders and Jake McIntyre. Those who left the club are Jason Thompson, Corey Holder, Chris Edwards, Harrison Carnegie and Brett Ince.