Match Date: 09 October 2016
Bearsted welcomed a tough Kings Hill Colts side to Honey Lane on this pleasant Sunday morning as the favourites for the match, having beaten them 2-1 at their place only two weeks ago.
Credit to Colin Whitfield for the work put in this week because the surface was impeccable - which suited our ball-playing U13 team down to the ground!
We shook off complacency in the warm-up and pressed them hard from the first whistle, successfully retaining the ball and stroking it around the large pitch at our own pace.
Bearsted manufactured several shots from range, which the Colts keeper dealt with, but it was looking like a goal was coming in every attack.
Don't we all love football though? It has a way of throwing up surprises.....and when Kings Hill took the lead from an average freekick into our area where an unchallenged forward scored, it was a BIG surprise!
Of course, it acted like a wake up call for our tough defence and we equalised almost immediately when Elijah Dutson played out from the back to find the nimble Daniel Lawrence on the left wing. He cut inside and played square to Dom Hatley, who weighted a pass betwixt scrambling opposition defenders. Joe Savage was clinical in his side-footed finish,
We kept pressing and were immense in all positions; resulting in our second soon after when the dangerous Dom Hatley hit the ball hard and low into the bottom corner, taking a deflection along the way.
Half-time: Bearsted 2 - 1 Kings Hill Colts
The game continued in the same way and became an attack-versus-defence session.
Playing the ball around beautifully, it was one of the my quieter games from the touch-line as the boys were using the what they had learnt in training so well.
Bearsted went 3-1 up when Sam Hill rolled up his sleeves and decided he wanted a piece of the action. Picking the ball up in an innocuous position on the wide left side, he skipped past one, two, three and then four players before passing the ball into the net.
There were huge cheers from the crowd, but in honesty we've known for a long time that he is capable of that kind of magic.
The game was secured already but as promised, rising star Oscar Mulligan was given his shot up-front (after commanding the right back position from kick-off) and he wasted no time in joining into the offensive fun.
James Moore, Joe Savage and Leon Fry combined in an exquisite piece of pass-and-move football before Oscar let fly from the edge of their area.
Kings Hill grabbed a late consolation, but the resut was never in doubt.
Bearsted are in excellent form and wish the next game was sooner.
Full-time: Bearsted 4 - 2 Kings Hill Colts