Match Date: 15 April 2017
Match report by Allan Hefferon
This result for Bearsted was certainly gratifying after having lost to the same opponents earlier in the season. With this in mind these two teams both started in a positive fashion, but it only took 6 minutes for the hosts to go in front after being awarded a free kick on the left for Michael Holliday to sweep the ball onto the head of Reece Collins to score from six yards past a rooted Steve Lawrence. The response from Tunbridge was almost immediate when Chris Seenay picked up the ball in midfield to run on and slide his pass into the path of Jon Pilbean for him to fire high over the bar. However following this so the visitors began to enjoy a period producing a series of potential opportunities with the wing play of Rhys Bartlett being of particular note, added to which the runs and shots on goal of Pilbean were raising a few concerns. Unfortunately for them though they were to go further behind after 19 minutes when following a run into the box from the left by Lucian Scarlat allowed him to put Collins in on goal only for him to be felled by a clumsy defensive challenge, the result on which seeing the referee pointing to the spot. Following the protestations of the away defenders, Holliday was able to step up and coolly send the ball home into the net. Following this success, so Bears were able to grasp the opportunity of putting the game out of sight by both coping well in defence whilst at the same time creating more opportunities to make this a reality. However this was not to be as just before the half time break, a corner taken from the left found the head of Luke Hackett only for him to see his effort hit the top of the bar before falling to safety.
After the resumption of play and following a series of corners, Wells were to score the goal they needed to get back into the game, when the all important one was not defended well enough, which gave Brad Porter the opportunity of putting the ball away into the net from a yard out. With the game now evenly poised, so the visitors were now on the front foot and generally having more of a midfield say and opportunities, which very much left the final result in the balance. Notably when goalkeeper Scott Andrews had to be at his best, saving low to his right in making sure that Pilbean’s goalbound effort never entered the net. Although after a somewhat difficult period and with the clock now running down, so the home side were able to once more settle into a pattern of play, which in turn saw real chances for them to score another. So much so that on two occasions Peter Williams found himself in on goal only for him to send the ball wide of the mark However after 88 minutes he was to become the provider when his cross pass found Scarlat for him to outpace his maker and slide the ball across Lawrence and into the net which to ultimately secured all three points.
Team: S.Andrews, S.Flisher, A.Foster,G.Andrews, C.Croucher, M.Garner M.Holliday, S.Sage (William) R.Collins C.Scarlat (C.Carcary Lucien Scarlat (R.Golding) Subs: J.Coppins, L.Highes