Sevenoaks 2nd XV 53 - 19 Dartfordians 2nd XV
Having lost their last 3 League and Cup matches Oaks were in desperate need of a win and they got one on Saturday in emphatic fashion.
Oaks started strongly with Thierry Walker pulling the strings effectively from the fly half berth. Within minutes he put Dodd through a gap and took the return pass to score out wide, but was unable to convert his own try. Oaks were at a pace and shortly after Faye broke through in the centres to go over under the posts following some strong carrying by Matt Simmons and the pack. Walker yet to find his kicking boots.
Darts were not going to lie down and a chip over the top and a kind bounce saw them scamper under the posts and an easy kick followed, 12 – 7 to Oaks. Shortly after Darts impressive and very athletic winger took a pass inside his own 22 and with pace and a decent swerve scorched over under the posts to put the visitors ahead 12-14.
Oaks now took control for a long period either side of the break and scores followed each other quickly. Robertson touched down at the back of a dominant 5 metre scrum, Dodd showed a clean pair of heels from virtually the half way line, then Oaks ran back a poor Darts kick for Curnow to score in the corner. More pressure saw a lineout close to Darts line and Martyr was driven over, Walker converting 3 of these scores for a 38-14 lead. Darts pulled one back from a driving maul, but Oaks had the final words.
Barry won a kick chase in the right corner, then some fine wide passing stretched the defence for Binckes to score in the left corner before finally Faye finished off another flowing move on the right.
Final score 53 – 19.
After the match, Senior Coach Mark Reay commented 'It was great that, after a couple of tough results in previous weeks, the 2s got back on track in style. We'd only just squeezed past Dartfordians in the Invicta Cup so to push past the half century mark shows how good our accuracy and determination was today and there were a number of stand out performers'
'We have a week off now to rest some aching limbs, but look forward to getting back out on the pitch against Holbrook in a couple of weeks time and then hopefully build some momentum in the build up to Christmas'