Cray Valley PM v Sevenoaks Town preview
Cray Valley PM v Sevenoaks Town preview

There is an intriguing game in store on Tuesday evening in the Velocity Trophy Group Nine with Cray Valley PM entertaining Sevenoaks Town.

In the new version of the Isthmian League Cup, Group Nine consists of a mini league comprising of Cray Valley PM, Phoenix Sports, Sevenoaks Town, Sittingbourne and VCD Athletic. Should any game end the ninety minutes with the scores level, the two teams are awarded a point each but there is a penalty shoot-out with the victors claiming a further point.

Of the five games played so far, three have ended up drawn. Cray Valley and Sevenoaks have had one shoot-out each, with both clubs claiming the extra point.

After playing two of their four games the Millers have lost one and drawn one with an extra point. Sevenoaks have a ‘winning draw’ and a victory to their name so top the group at the halfway stage.

There is little to choose between the two clubs in the BetVictor Isthmain South East Division too. Sevenoaks are currently second in the league, two points behind leaders Hastings United, whilst fifth placed Cray Valley are just two points further behind having played one game fewer.

On Saturday, the Millers ended Ashford United’s one hundred percent start to the season with an impressive two-one away victory. Francis Babalola set them on their way with under ten minutes on the clock but David Smith equalised shortly after the interval. However, Babalola restored the visitors’ lead with twenty minutes remaining and, this time, they did not surrender it.

Defeat for The Oaks cost them top place in the league table as they crashed three-one at Hastings. After a blank first half, Jack Dixon put the hosts ahead soon after the restart but Frankie Sawyer levelled three minutes later.

Kyle De Silva’s dismissal for Sevenoaks made it that much more difficult for them but it appeared that they were going to get away with a draw until Hastings scored twice in the last three minutes with goals from Ryan Worrall and Daniel Ajakaiye.

When the two teams met in the league on August Bank Holiday Monday, Cray Valley claimed a late winner through an own goal and another tight encounter can be anticipated this time around.