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Sunbury 0 - Tonbridge Black Knights 7

Racking up seven goals and recording their best win for several seasons, the Black Knights won convincingly away to Sunbury last Saturday. After struggling somewhat to raise a side and helped by the presence of the young Lucas Crosby, the Knights fielded a good side but one which was well balanced. This ultimately served them well and when they used the width of the pitch and avoided dribbling into dead ends, they caused Sunbury problems time and again.

Initially the match seemed very balanced. Sunbury had most of the possession in the opening ten minutes and could have scored with one of their several opportunities. Macgregor was far from the irrelevant bystander a 7-0 scoreline sometimes suggests. However, a superb counter-attacking move caught Sunbury unawares and exposed their slow and ageing defence which had pressed up in too many numbers. On the end of the move and with a crisp strike was Hadaway, who also played a role in the second goal. His goalbound shot was steered over the line by Murray Crosby.

The real turning point ultimately proved not to be these two counterattacking goals but the withdrawal through injury of a key Sunbury midfielder. The Knights became increasingly confident of winning the key battles and never lost the initiative from this moment. Sunbury sorties were easily contained by a sensibly marshalled defence and opportunities came at regular intervals. By contrast, every Sunbury breakout seemed to end on a Sunbury player's foot or out of play. Lucas Crosby was rewarded for his endeavours with goals either side of half time and inbetween these, Kitchenham also picked up a brace, the second of which was a lovely lift over the keeper, who had made the original save to prevent the goal being scored.

To their credit, even though nothing was going their way, Sunbury kept their shape, with the wide players staying wide and battled on. But the final goal was to be for Murray Crosby, who matched his son's tally and made a hat trick of braces for the Black Knights.

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