M6s vs Sevenoaks – 22nd March 14

Old Bordenian 3 – 3 Sevenaoks

The Old Boys took the game to Sevenoaks from the start, dominating play through Di Wellman and Pat Ruane in midfield and using the width of the pitch to good advantage with Mark Cerrone and Stirling Campbell heavily involved in moves down both flanks. Playing some of their best hockey of the season, they should have taken the lead when Wellman’s beautifully weighted pass was driven wide by Terry Bollard. Sevenoaks survived several threats on their goal, before Ruane opened the scoring for the home side with a well taken penalty flick. Top scorer Kev Cracknell added to his tally with a neat trade mark finish from close range to put the OBs two ahead. Inexplicably, the home side then dropped off their intensity and became lacklustre. Sevenoaks took the opportunity to gain a measure of control, putting pressure on the home defence, before pulling a goal back. Lifted by the goal, the visitors’ attacks became more frequent, with James Anderson, in goal, and the defence having to work hard to avoid further goals. The OBs came out of their slumber, regained control and restored their two goal advantage when Paul Smith showed

quick reactions to finish from close range following a short corner. The second half started with the OBs looking the more likely to add to their tally, once again dominating possession. A Wellman injury, coupled with some positional changes, seemed to throw the home side, who for a period completely lost their shape and began to give the ball away too easily. Despite some heroics from keeper Anderson, the OBs conceded two further goals. Once again the OBs lifted themselves, with Paul Smith, Dave Crompton and JimSteers all pushing forward, the OBs played most of the final ten minutes of the game in the visitors’ half, with their best scoring opportunities probably coming from short corners. However, rugged defending from Sevenoaks under intense OB pressure was enough to allow the visitors to hold out for a draw

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