With both sides having won all their league games it was always going to be a close match at Banbury Road North between potentialy the best sides in the Wessex Masters Supervets League. The Falcons soon began to dominate and took the lead when Bear Smith smashed a trademark short corner past the Sevenoaks makeshift keeper. Sevenoaks, without appearing dangerous, equalised with a well taken goal when the ball was not cleared by the Falcons defence. The Falcons regained their lead just before half time when Shane Lovett burst through and showed his technical ability to shoot on the reverse stick into the right botton corner of the goal.
The second half again started with the Falcons on top but this all changed in the space of minutes with Sevenoaks having their best spell of the game. Jonny Atkins, deputising for Richard Wilsdon, could only parry a Sevenoaks shot and the scores were level. The Falcons were in disarray and went behind when a Sevenoaks striker calmly stopped a cross ball and swivelled to score probably the best goal of the game into the bottom corner past Jonny Atkins.
The Falcons began to get back into the game with 15 minutes to go and poured forward with Russ Warner going close and Phil Dunnill causing problems with his clever stick work and the direct running of Giles Roper began to stretch the game and Giles went very close when his deflection just misseed the far post. At the other end Jonny Atkins scrambled a goal bound shot wide of the post.
The Falcons finally equalised when Steve Griffiths turned the ball in from close range with 10 minutes to go. The lead was regained after great work by, man of the match, Chris Billington whose run and cross was turned in at the far post by Bear Smith. The game was made safe when Steve Griffiths firmly converted a run and pass from full of running Shane Lovett.
The result was just about right but Sevenoaks contributed to a very competitive game and will be much stronger in the away fixture next year.
Thanks to Clive Jones for the excellent photos.