Outplayed, outclassed and taught a hockey lesson.
That was Fareham’s fate as they were hit for six by a slick Sevenoaks side, who left the Hampshire side second from bottom in National League South after a 6-0 defeat at Henry Cort.
Their already slim squad hit by injury, Fareham were seldom at the races against their North Kent visitors who spent the past two winters in the England Premier Division.
Head coach Ben Barnes reflected: “We knew they were going to be strong and really punished us. “Where we valued the ball and kept it well in the 4-2 win over Brighton & Hove, Sevenoaks were a different kettle of fish, a far more polished team.
“They pressed us well, forced us into bad decisions, we did not start well and it was uphill from the first two goals. We have to be more consistent and will keep searching for ways to do that.”
Sevenoaks created mayhem down the right flank and were two-up inside ten minutes through the hugely influential Ed Matts and former South Africa international Ian Haley, their player-coach.
Fareham managed to get a slight foothold on proceedings early in the third quarter, but the game was done and dusted once Andrew Ross had converted a short corner and then fired in a penalty stroke to make it 4-0.
Former Great Britain Olympian Richard Mantel, helping out Fareham’s depleted numbers, was sin binned for the penalty award and while he sat in the cooler Aaron Cheema made it 5-0.
Sam George, who had been involved in three assists, completed Sevenoaks six-goal fest ten minutes from time.
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