Match Date: 25 February 2017
Match report by Allan Hefferon
Considering both their positions in the league this game was so important to both sides to achieve a win. However this said this match was played in a very sporting manner throughout. Although the first 15 minutes saw the visitors going close, it was Fisher who was to settle and with midfielder Richie Hamill seemingly pulling the strings, gradually they were able to create a series of goal scoring opportunities. So much so that it was only due to some stout Bearsted defending and the brilliance of goalkeeper Scott Andrews that the score remained the same, with special mention being made about two particular superb saves from free kicks, diving low to his left in denying Hamill from opening the score. In addition to this Juan David Pineda also went close with a run and shot on goal. Unfortunately for them though they were to go behind on the stroke of half time when a well struck free kick from the edge of the area by Michael Holliday hit the inside of the post before finding its’ way into the net past a rooted Nic Taylor.
Although maybe Fisher shaded the first half, after the break the momentum of the game now swung in favour of the visitors and the introduction of Keelan Mooney certainly had an impact on the game. With the Bears now on the front foot and enjoying more possession, they were to go further in front after 73 minutes when a Mooney cross from the right found its’ way onto the head of the incoming Matt Garner for him to power home the ball into the net. Although other chances were to arrive and with the clock now running down, play remained a close encounter, but it was a minute before half time when another Mooney run and cross this time from the left, found debutant Tom Bridge for him to turn the ball into the net from close range to seal the result.
Team: S.Andrews, S.Sage, A.Foster, G.Andrews, O.Bartrum (K.Mooney) S.Flisher M.Holliday, M.Garner, A.Hart, A.Irvine (C.Carcary) R.Collins (T.Bridge)
Subs: J.Hayes, B.Donnelly