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First Team vs Erith & Belvedere

Match Date: 22 April 2017
Score: 7-1

The final score was quite a remarkable considering the circumstances, as at half time the game was still goal less and at which stage Bearsted had been reduced to ten men, which prompted the notion that an upset might be on the cards? Certainly from the start the home side was first to settle into a pattern of play which made them the more dominant team. Although at the same time they still had to be mindful of the both the movement of Rikki Cable and the wing runs of Sabastian Schoburgh who on a few occasions was able to get around the back of the host’s defence. At the same time they were having to contend with a number overly zealous tackles by their opponents, although looking the team that was more likely to take the lead, their actual clear chances were kept to a minimum, with maybe the closest came when a high volley on the turn by Peter Williams forced a save from Zak Lahrar, an effort which left the striker nursing a hamstring pull and not being able to take any further part in the game. Very soon after a ball from deep found Schoburgh racing towards goal, only for him to be pulled back by Graeme Andrews which in turn earned him a red card. Things though could also have got even worse had home keeper Scott Andrews not been alert in dealing with a Cable shot, turning the ball around the post, diving low to his left a minute before the half time break.
Whether it was the team talk during the interval or the oranges, Bearsted came back onto the pitch in a very positive way and it took them only 3 minutes to break the deadlock when a run and chipped cross from the left by Lucian Scarlat culminated in brother Constantine heading home from close range. Five minutes later came a second when a raking cross ball by Sam Flisher, found Ryan Golding on the right to send back in a pin-point cross onto the head of Flisher to complete the task. On 61 minutes, following an in-swinging left wing corner by Golding, Scarlat was able to add a third. With Belvedere now very much on the back foot, the Bears were really in a rampant mood and it was as a result of another wing run and cross from which Chris Webber could only divert the ball into his own net for the fourth. With the skills and runs of both the Bear’s wide men this truly took their loyal supporters over the years, back to those ‘Brookensian’ days not so long ago. So much so that they were able to celebrate the coming of a fifth goal after 70 minutes when main striker Scarlet was able to complete his hat-trick provided by a similar service. However, if it could have been of any consolation the visitors were able to pull one back during this spell, when Cable was able to find himself in a position to set up Schoburgh to fire across the outstretched arm of Andrews to send the ball low into the net. However this proved to be of no real significance on the game as on 78 minutes came another Flisher goal and then 5 minutes later he too was able to celebrate his own hat-trick which ultimately concluded what was to be a fine effort by a side who have to be commended for all their efforts and remaining resolute during some difficult spells, which ultimately has helped them achieve a respectable league position after having stepped up to a higher grade this season.
Team: S.Andrews, L.Hughes, R.Lyall,G.Andrews,C.Croucher,M.Garner,(C.Carcary) J.Coppins,(M.Holliday) S.Flisher,P.Williams (R.Golding) C.Scarlat L.Scarlat Subs: S.Sage