Whyteleafe FC

Report: Whyteleafe 2-3 Sevenoaks Town


Whyteleafe suffered their second successive home defeat by the odd goal in 5 in an entertaining end to end game with newly promoted Sevenoaks.

Leafe started brightly, a great through ball from Bradley Wilson found Harrison Carnegie on the edge of the box. He took the ball round former Leafe keeper Ben Bridle- Card but the defence were quick to get back and block his effort. Carnegie then had another chance in the 15th minute following a goalmouth scramble, but his volley went over the bar. 

The hosts took the lead in the 17th minute when Scott Day hit a low shot under Ben Bridle-Card following good work from Dan Hector and Eddie DSane. It could have been 2 within a minute. A poor clearance from Bridle-Card was intercepted by DSane, but he shot wide with the keeper rushing out to narrow the angle. Dan Hector also went close in the 25th minute his 20 yard shot was tipped over the bar by Bridle-Card.
       
Sevenoaks equalised in the 30th minute, William Johnson - Cole was sent clear and shot past the advancing Tyler McCarthy into the net. The visitors took the lead in the 36th minute. There appeared to be little danger but a wonder strike from 25 yards by Xavier Vidal flew into the net giving McCarthy no chance. Leafe went close twice before the interval to an equalizer. Carnegie's curling 20 yard shot in the 40th minute hit the bar, then Hector shot over following good work from DSane.

Whyteleafe started strongly in the second half, DSane tested Bridle-Card with a 25 yard effort, but it was Sevenoaks who extended their lead in the 55th minute. A shot from Frankie Sawyer hit the bar and fell to Kenny Pogue who slotted home from close range. Leafe pressed forward as they tried to salvage something from the game. Gus Lukuni found Scott Day in the box but his header was blocked. There was then a 5 minute delay while Vidal was treated for a serious injury and was stretchered off before being taken to hospital for checks.

Nathan Campbell headed over from a Wilson corner then Arif Hattabi shot just wide following a good run. Leafe's efforts to get back in the game were rewarded when Laurie Chin made a great run in the 86th minute, finding DSane in the box who scored to set up an exciting finish but Sevenoaks held on to claim all 3 points. DSane did have one final chance to equalize deep into stoppage time  when they were awarded a free kick in a central position 22 yards out, but DSane skied the kick well over the bar.

          
Whyteleafe; McCarthy, O'Donoghue, Wilson,  Campbell, Orome, Holder (Hattabi 64), Hector (Chin 80), Graham, D'Sane, Day, Carnegie (Lukuni 45). Subs not used Thompson, Armstrong. 

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