Match Date: 03 December 2016
Match Report by Allan Hefferon
The result of this game certainly betrays the old saying of ‘Tables don’t lie’, as for most of the game Bearsted looked the better side and based upon their chances should have had a comfortable win. It would be true to say that Blaire front men Gary Lockyer and James McDonald did have their moments but in truth, apart from forcing a couple of saves from Bear’s keeper Ben Donnelly, rarely made real inroads into their defence. As for the home side, they looked much more in control and being able to a mount a succession of swift moves with the pace of Reece Collins causing particular concerns for his marker. The return of Andy Irvine also provided added problems for the away defence. Indeed they were extremely fortunate for the scoreline remaining the same and had to be grateful for both the efforts of their keeper Ronan Forde and surviving several chances on goal, notably by Irvine and defender Rob Lyall. Unfortunately for them though after 25 minutes, Blair were to go in front following a curious corner decision, the result of which seeing the ball coming back off of the bar for Louis Valencia to head home from close range past what appeared to be an impeded Donnelly.
The restart after the break provided much of the same with the wing runs of Andy Hart, Sam Flisher and Collins being particularly effective and during this time providing plenty for goalmouth action, with the Bears hitting the bar on one occasion and a fine save by Forde from Hart. However the visitors although at times were providing threats down the flanks and a few potential opportunities, they seemed to be equally interested in employing the type of histrionics likely to help their cause which eventually they managed to achieve by taking all three points.
Team: Ben Donnelly, L.Hughes, A.Foster, R.Lyall, O.Bartrum ((C.Lawrence) G.Andrews (M.Holliday) N.Perkins, (J.Hayes) S.Flisher, R.Collins, A.Irvine, A.Hart
Subs: S.Grant , Carcary