Match Date: 17 August 2016
Match Report by Allan Hefferon
Bearsted could not be blamed for feeling disappointed at not taking away all the points on the evening. In a closely contested game they appeared mainly in control and creating more chances throughout, one of which falling to Bradley Webb firing over following an Ashley Russell through ball soon after the start. However not long after at the other end, Matt Mckugh shot narrowly wide after finding himself in space wide out on the right. Although the visitors were generally dealing with everything their opponents had to throw at them, in response at times, they were unable to deliver the all important ball needed to unlock the home defence. It came then as a bit of a surprise that 5 minutes from half time Rochester went in front, when a right wing Mckugh cross was not sufficiently dealt with the ball fell to the feet of Jack Hayes to send in a shot low into the net from the edge of the area. However, the response was almost immediate, when following a short corner, Michael Holliday swung in a deep cross which found Rob Lyall only to see his effort scrambled off of the line.
The restart after the break signalled more of the same as the Bears pushed on in search of an equaliser, notably when both Webb and Charley Epps were denied by home keeper Michael Elder. The introduction of new signing Keenon Mooney up front immediately had its' effect, with his style and endeavour having an impact on the Rochester back line. Although Bearsted continued to mount attacks and sometimes going very close, as time wore on, so they had to be mindful of their opponents counter attacks as they were compelled to commit men forward. Indeed this proved to be the case when as a result of this, Mckugh and Vince Couls were both not able to make the most of great opportunities open to them. In addition to this, goalkeeper Pat Lee had to be at his best saving from Tom Carr to keep the game alive. However, Bearsted thought that they had got there reward just before the close, when Mooney latched onto the end of an Epps through ball, to lob over the advancing Elder, only to see his effort headed off of the line by a back-peddling Dan Nash, which pretty well summed up the lack of reward for their efforts on the night.
Team: P.Lee, J.West, R.Lyall, G.Andrews, R.Perkins, M.Holliday, C.Epps,(S.Grant)
T.Brown , (O.Bartrum), A.Russell (K.Mooney) B.Webb, S.Flisher
Subs: T.Naessens A.Foster,