Match Date: 10 September 2016
Match Report by Allan Hefferon
During the early stages it was Pagham who settled more quickly with both their build up play and pace causing particular concern for Bearsted. It was indeed during this spell the home side had to be grateful to goalkeeper Scott Andrews for making a point blank save from Scott Murfin. In addition to this, came a clearance off of the line by Andy Foster to deny Kieron Pammener from opening the scoring. However after 20 minutes the visitors were to go ahead when the trickery of Ryan Morey took him to the by-line before setting up Murfin to score from close range. As the half went on so the pressure was to remain and it took a defensive rearrangement and the introduction of Matt Garner for the home side to settle into a more effective pattern of play. So much so that Bearsted were now more able to cope with both their opponent’s goal threats and begin to make chances of their own, notably when a goal bound shot by Andy Irvine was saved by keeper James Binfield and then seeing him head against the post from the resultant corner.
Immediately after the half time break saw Binfield make another such save, this time tipping over a Bradley Webb shot from just outside of the penalty area. In reply it was Morey, who on two occasions could well have increased the score with his pace on the break. As the game entered its’ final quarter, so the home side went looking for an equaliser during which time saw Peter Williams firing into the side netting and then when Matt Garner drove narrowly wide. However maybe after all their efforts the cruellest blow came when following a good move down the right a low cross was touched on for Keelan Mooney to score at the far post with the last kick of the game. Unfortunately for the Bears though, the goal was ruled out for what the linesman perceived to be offside. All that said, on the day Pagham were worthy winners and good luck to them in the next round.
Team: S.Andrews, A.Foster, R.Lyall, G.Andrews (S.Grant) A.Hart, M.Holliday (K.Mooney) S.Flisher A.Garner A.Irvine, P.Williams B.Webb
Subs: S.Etienne, M.Guest