Match Date: 18 September 2016
As always, mid-week training was based on the previous performance - meaning our young team spent time working on protecting the ball and retaining possession of the ball.
Coaches and parents all hoped to see this put into practice on the pitch.......and the team did not disappoint.
Bearsted started the game strongly; passing the ball around well, keeping possession with simple passes and making the opposition chase hard.
We created chances once the gaps appeared in the opponent's ranks and were unlucky not to go ahead when one of our new marksmen, Joe Savage, was put through on goal by a weighted Daniel Lawrence pass, only to be denied by a sprawling goalkeeper.
Our defenders were resolute, with Elijah Dutson, Nick Dann, Dom Hatley and James Moore refusing to let Borough Green enter our area.
It was purely bad luck when we went behind after an intended clearance richoceted into the path of their striker who passed it in.
Our team's reaction to it, however, did us proud. Once again we passed the ball well and had 3 chances in succession, before the keeper parried a venomous shot into the path of the on-rushing Oscar Mulligan, who placed it in the corner.
Half-time: 1 - 1
The home team continued to dominate possession throughout most of the second half, although there was too much urgency at times and the ball was lost.
Unfortunately it was one of the moments where composure left us that allowed a Borough Green midfielder to smash the ball towards our goal with his fingers crossed. It was hard to watch as it dipped in under the crossbar, because we were in control to that point.
Crosses and long throws into their box were defended well and we were guilty of trying to 'walk' the ball in at times, rather than pulling the trigger at the large goals, but we looked like scoring and felt the game was still there for the taking.
Fate, it would seem, had other ideas. Failing to properly clear a corner let them smash the ball in from close range. Despite their commanding lead, we were still playing well and creating opportunities.
Sam Hill was sent back on with the instruction of playing earlier through-balls (now that we had 3 strikers on) and it was his deft pass which released Joe Savage, who struck the ball sweetly into the top corner.
The Bears were so on top during the last 10 minutes that we didn't want the game to end, peppering the opposition goal with shots from our strikers, our midfielders AND our defenders. None of which hit the back of the net.
A good performance, a hard defeat to take having been on top but an impressive improvement from last week.
We're in good form and cannot wait for the next match to put this right.
Full-time: Bearsted 2 - 3 Borough Green Jnrs