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Your News Seveoaks lose out in EDF Energy Senior Vase

FOR the first time this season Sevenoaks came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders against Chichester, but their EDF Energy Senior Vase run came to an abrupt end with their second loss on the bounce.

With the opposition rattled early on, Oaks took just five minutes to open the scoring. The ball was cleverly whipped out wide by Australian scrum-half Sean Connachie to Jon Pollock, who handed his opposite man off and dived into the corner for what was a very well-taken try that remained unconverted.

Sevenoaks then dominated play for the next 15 minutes, but were only rewarded with three more points despite being camped in the Chichester half for the first quarter of the match.

After 20 minutes the game changed. Inexplicably, Oaks started to miss tackles and the Chichester outside centre ran through several players to haul his side back into the game with a cheap score.

Instead of responding to this with verve and vigour, Oaks dropped their heads and the confidence with which they started the game visibly disappeared.

The second half started poorly and instead of Sevenoaks getting back into the game with a quick try it was Chichester who took their chances and the game from out of the reach of the Oaks.

In the last 10 minutes, Sevenoaks came alive again with some exciting running and again it was man of the match Jon Pollock who out-ran his winger for another try in the corner. Unfortunately it was too late and Sevenoaks ended up losing the game as they could not make up for earlier mistakes in defence.

Speaking after the game, club captain Tim Golds said: Although it wasnt a good team performance there was encouragement in certain players. Mike Walton is getting stronger and fitter with every game, and our back three look dangerous in open play.

But if we are to succeed this year, we must get over this losing mentality. It is purely a psychological issue. We showed in the first 20 minutes that we are capable of competing with good quality teams, but when the going gets tough at the moment our heads go down, no doubt a hangover from losing so many games last year, but we need to regain some self belief.

Weve got some great new players coming through the ranks and their game is care-free and exciting to watch. Its going to be about mixing in these new players with some of the older, more experienced heads.

Sevenoaks main focus this year has, and will continue to be, the league. If they can string a few results together over the coming weeks then they will be back up towards the top of the London 3 South East table and on course for the promotion that the club has set its sights on.

This Saturday, Oaks are at home to Hove. Kick off 3pm. All support welcome.

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