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Your News Sevenoaks 1st XV continue their winning ways

The start to Sevenoaks new season in London 3SE was a win against difficult opposition who , on their home ground , rarely lose . However it was marred by the loss of Alex Barber to a red card just after the final whistle was blown . The match was played in near perfect conditions , a flat pitch , no wind and a dry day . However despite obvious areas of supremacy in scrum and line out the Sevenoaks backs could not break free of a tenacious Lordswood defence .

The early stages of the game were dominated by lots of kick and chase , which eventually resulted in Garcia and Robinson setting up George Roffey for an electrifying sprint to the line from over 30 metres , the conversion was missed , but soon after Wessel Booysen converted a penalty which should have settled any nerves . However a series of poor decisions and dreadful handling prevented further scoring opportunities being taken . On two occasions Tom Swallow on the left wing was denied try scoring passes by opponents intercepting the final pass with the line beckoning .

The Oaks front row of Mcloughlin , Alteirac and Ridout soon punished Lordswood at a series of 5 metre scrums . Following the first 2 scrums Oaks were foiled by offside defenders and finally at the third attempt Oli Robinson crashed over for a well deserved forwards try . Soon afterwards following handbags at 2 paces the referee decided to yellow card a Lordswood player and Al Barber and during this 10 minute sin bin neither side looked likely to score . The Oaks line out jumpers , Oli Hoare & Stu Coleman , continued to deny Lordswood possession , however the Oaks backs were hesitant and could not create scoring opportunities . Scoring was restricted to two further penalties from Wessel Booysen .. With a few minutes remaining a powerful burst from Phil Wyatt took out three defenders and he still managed to slip the ball to Booysen who crashed over and then converted his own try . A final flourish from skipper Robbie Unwin should have resulted in a score following a weaving run and kick ahead , but he was denied by the referee who had not seen him tackled without the ball just short of the line . Just as the final whistle was blown a Lordwood player ran into Al Barber who promptly dumped him to the ground and was again cautioned by the referee , which under RFU laws meant a red card and suspension from next weeks game as a minimum .

Despite a win and preventing the opposition from scoring the mood in the Oaks dressing room was one of disappointment as the squad had not delivered a performance of which they were capable , hopefully Eastbourne , who visit The Paddock next week will face a much improved performance .

Ron Standen

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