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First Team vs Beckenham Town

Match Date: 29 April 2017
Score: 3-2

Match Report by Allan Hefferon

With this game seemingly a formality for both sides now safe in the knowledge that they had maintained their league status in the top division, the afternoon itself gave good value to both sets of supporters who witnessed a closely contested encounter throughout. On the back of an excellent run of recent results, it was Bearsted who were the first to settle and produce several early scares for their opponents. However as the half unfolded so the home side began to respond in a positive way, notably when Luwayne Greenwood picked the ball up to run on goal to fire narrowly wide of the post. However the deadlock was eventually broken after 30 minutes when a cross from the right found Reece Collins closing in on goal to see his initial shot parried away by Aidan Prall back into his path to score from close range. Although the momentum of the game now suggested the visitors might go on and build on this lead, it took only another 5 minutes for an equaliser to arrive. This strike though came in a bizarre fashion when goalkeeper Scott Andrews dashed out to the edge of the penalty area to incept a long pass from deep, only to be deceived by a freak high bounce leaving Ryan Dolby facing an empty net for him to finally to put the ball away after two desperate defensive interceptions. Unfortunately for them though the lead was to be re-instated on 39 minutes, when a corner from Ryan Golding found Michael Holliday to put the ball out to Lucian scarlet out on the right for him to thrash it across Prall and into the net.
Immediately following the half time break Bearsted almost went further into the lead when a pin-point cross from Cameron Croucher found the head Constanine Scarlat, a yard out only for Prall to make a one handed wonder save. This save somehow became somewhat of a pivotal point as this seemed to inspire this Beckenham side. So much so that after 4 minutes they were level again, when cross into the box was not well enough defended and allowed Dolby to head home from 5 yards. As the half progressed so Bearsted were forced back more onto the back foot and having to deal constantly with well constructed moves which in turn saw chances falling to both Jamie Humphries and Al Hassan each narrowly missing the target. In addition to this saw a series of corners and efforts dealt with by a combination of great Andrews’ saves and some resolute defending in maintaining the scoreline, whilst at the same time looking to break out and put together chances of their own. Indeed as the clock ran down so saw the play from the visitors once more coming into effect, added to which the introduction of Ollie Wells whose trickery on the right suddenly began to show potential. The result of a which seeing a free kick being given against him, for the ball to be sent into the area, eluding the home defence for Collins to add his second of the afternoon to win the game with only minutes remaining. In conclusion for Bearsted this was a worthy result, capping a season which is a tribute to a great group of players and friends, whose camaraderie over recent years has to be the envy of many other clubs.
Team: S.Andrews, L.Hughes,(O.Wells) R.Lyall, G.Andrews, C.Croucher, M.Garner, M.Holliday (C.Carcary) R.Golding, R.Collins C.Scarlat (A.Hart) L.Scarlat
Subs: S.Flisher, A.Foster, J.Coppins