Sevenoaks powerchair team awarded South East regional title after season resolved on PPG

At the end of June, the South East Powerchair Football League held a Special General Meeting to vote on the conclusion of the 2019/2020 season. They voted two to three in favour that the league season would be resolved by a points per game calculation, which meant that Sevenoaks PFC were crowned Champions of Division One, beating Norwich City PFC by just one point.

The title came after Sevenoaks won six of the eight games played including a 3-0 win over nearest title rivals Norwich City. To add to their success all six wins were clean sheets too. They lost just the one game during the season, a one nil loss away to Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening day.

Adam McEvoy, Sevenoaks’ manager said of the title win: “Although it isn’t the ideal way in which we would want to win the regional league, I am delighted for the team and for the club as the players hard work and efforts over the past two seasons have been rewarded. Going unbeaten last season and losing out by a single point was tough to take, so we were determined to change that this season. The challenge for the lads now will be to maintain the standards they’ve set and retain the title over the next few years ahead”.

“I’m also delighted that our development squad maintained their league status too. They performed well throughout the season, often not being rewarded for some really positive, attacking play. We are looking forward to seeing them progress further when we return to competition.”

McEvoy, who is also the National Development Manager for the Wheelchair Football Association, added: “This period of total inactivity has been very difficult for the powerchair football community. Players and families have been shielding throughout this time, not leaving their homes for three and a half months. Whilst things are slowly improving, we are still a long way away from a return to activity, combining the additional health needs of the community and no concrete information on a return to indoor based sports.

“The WFA are developing guidance on a return to powerchair football, consulting with the FA and other disability organisations. We have and will continue to remain in regular contact with our community to ensure a safe return to our game.”