Match Date: 02 October 2016
Bearsted were able to continue their stunning start to the 2016/17 season as they made the journey to Ashford United and returned home with 3 points under their belt alongside an astounding 7-0 victory – despite only having 11 men in the travelling squad. Bearsted would also welcome the return of midfielder Joe Sturrock as he came back into the side for the first time since the opening fixture of the season due to injury.
Bearsted settled into rhythm after the opening 10 minutes of the game and started to pass the ball around extremely well. The Bears were playing some of their best football of the season as the 3G pitch allowed them to do so. Chances began to come only in the form of a Bearsted player and the Bears opened the scoring around the 20 minute-mark as Luke Snazel played a brilliant lofted through ball into the path of Will Richards who used his pace to reach the ball and did brilliantly to keep his cool and finish well. Richards has showcased his talent in his first two games for Bearsted and this goal meant that it was two in two for him.
No more than 5 minutes later, Bearsted were able to double the lead in the form of Luke Snazel. The striker was combining well with his partner Richards this game and the pair looked very good in the early stages of the game. Richards held the ball up and played it inside to Snazel, a swift turn from the Bearsted frontman meant that he engineered himself enough space to travel through on goal and did exceedingly well to slot the ball in the far corner of the goal.
The Bearsted boys were hungry for more goals and the direct, fluid style of play was only pointing towards more goals for the boys. A third would come after some excellent wing-play provided by Harry Hays as he nutmegged an Ashford defender and then proceeded to swing a brilliant cross into the path of Chris Carcary who took the ball down nicely and kept calm as he got the ball out of his feet and finished emphatically into the far corner.
Bearsted were a different class to Ashford and the gap in quality really showed. A fourth would be added before the half-time whistle as Edoardo Cammarano capitalised on a loose ball. The ball fell to Cammarano’s feet on the corner of the 18-yard-box and he did really well to beat an Ashford defender and let fly with his left-foot. The Ashford keeper was left standing in the middle of the goal as the ball nestled beautifully into the bottom corner of the Ashford goal much to the delight of the Bearsted midfielder as he opened his scoring account for the 2016/17 season.
Bearsted would go into half-time with a 4-0 lead and it looked awfully unlikely that Ashford would be able to find a way back into the game. Bearsted were determined not to let this large lead get to them and it was stressed at half-time that the game wasn’t over following the result against Faversham Strike Force a couple of weeks earlier.
After a patchy first 10 minutes of the second-half Bearsted were able to ease their nerves and make it 5-0, this was a welcome reward for a goal that was disallowed by the referee in charge moments prior to this goal. Snazel was played through on goal courtesy of a Carcary through ball and the Bearsted striker once again finished with confidence as he slotted the ball past the onrushing Ashford keeper.
Confidence was brimming in the Bearsted side and every player was having a fantastic game. 25 minutes into the second-half and Bearsted were still running the show and as a result Kieren Patel would score his third goal in five games in a Bearsted shirt to add a sixth. Ashford failed to deal with a Bearsted corner properly and the ball dropped to Patel who struck the ball on the half-volley which cannoned into the Ashford goal.
Before the final whistle went, Snazel was able to complete his hat-trick. Albert Courtnell had the presence of mind to quickly fire a throw-in to the feet of Richards who did a brilliant job of holding off the Ashford defender and then produced a quality delivery straight into the path of Snazel who leapt high into the air in order to header home. This would mean that Snazel has 8 goals in 4 league appearances which would see him cement his place at the peak of the Bearsted top-scorer chart.
The final score of 7-0 reflected the gulf in class between the two sides and Bearsted once again demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with. Although they only had 11 players, every single player put in a shift and this resulted in a fantastic performance that will only help the confidence and morale of the team.
Bearsted Team: Fraser Lee, Harry Hays, Kieren Patel, Callum MacGregor, Harry Whitfield, Albert Courtnell, Joe Sturrock, Edoardo Cammarano, Chris Carcary, Will Richards, Luke Snazel.