Match Date: 19 November 2016
Match Report by Allan Hefferon
Within the space of 20 minutes it was the visitors who were to find themselves three goals up courtesy of some poor defending by their opponents. The result of which seeing a free kick and 2 penalties all converted in emphatic style. After just 6 minutes, following a rash challenge on the edge of the area, Josh James was able to score directly from the resultant free kick. A minute later it was two, when Ollie Bartrum was adjudged to have tripped an opponent in the area, the result of which allowing Jack Billings to step up and score from the spot. The effect of this left Bearsted trying to settle in order to put together some sort of reply, but unfortunately for them they were punished once more from the penalty spot by Billings, again following another challenge this time by debutant Chris Carcary on Junior Alade. As the half wore on though, so the hosts were at last managing to produce a series of attacks and looking particularly dangerous when sending balls into the box and at times causing concern for Corinthian keeper Joe Hagan. So much so that 5 minutes from half time he was to be beaten when a deep cross from 30 yards out on the left by Sam Flisher found its' way into the net, zipping off a rain soaked surface to set up a platform for mounting a second half assault.
This indeed did at times this did seem to be a possibility with the willing runs up front of Reece Collins looking particularly promising and for a spell the prospects of salvaging the match seemed quite likely? However the neat football being played by Corinthian always remained a real problem for them. So much so that midway through the half a run down the right by Alade took him deep into the home defence to side foot a pass for Conor Johnson to roll the ball into an empty net. The game then was finally sealed just before the end in an outrageous manner, when full back BIllings intercepted a loose ball deep on the left and being allowed to run almost the full length of the pitch before sending in a low cross-shot into the net past stranded goalkeeper Ben Donnelly. In conclusion, although Bearsted were missing a few key players, this cannot be an excuse as on the day full credit must go to their opponents for the way they played and fully deserving of their win.
Team: B. Donnelly, O.Bartrum, G.Andrews, R.Lyall, M.Cook (C.Lawrence) S.Flisher, N.Perkins, (J.Hayes), S.Sage (L.Matthews) R.Collins, K.Mooney