Match Date: 13 November 2016
An immaculate minute’s silence was observed prior to kick-off as Bearsted travelled over to Hythe; returning with all 3 points and a stunning 8-0 victory. The game started with Bearsted dominating the early exchanges of the game which was a good sign as this is something the Bears have failed to do the past few games. Unsurprisingly, Bearsted were able to convert this pressure into a goal. Harry Whitfield sent a ball up the pitch which Ryan Golding was able to latch onto, with the frontman subsequently running inside and being upended by a Hythe defender which gave the referee no other choice but to award a penalty – which Will Richards slotted away calmly to put Bearsted 1-0 before the break.
Bearsted started the second-half much like they ended the first – on top. 10 minutes into the second-half they were able to double their lead through Callum West. The wide man was sent through on goal thanks to Golding showing some great vision which West finished emphatically. Moments after the restart, West repaid the favour by sending Golding through on goal, however, the attack was stopped as the Hythe keeper came out to meet Golding but the keeper completely misjudged his positioning and handled outside the box which caused him to be sent-off. The resulting free-kick slammed against the crossbar which fell to Luke Snazel but the striker was unable to turn the ball home.
Bearsted were soon able to add to their lead as Richards did extremely well to head home from the back-post following a cross which was swung deep into the box to make it 3-0 to the away side which firmly cemented the fact that Bearsted were going to go on and win the game. 20 minutes into the second-half Bearsted were awarded a free-kick which Golding struck straight at the wall, however, West had the presence of mind to follow the ball in which allowed him the opportunity to head home to make it 4-0 and double his goalscoring tally for the day.
Bearsted would add a fifth shortly after this through Joe Sturrock. He had only just come off the bench and entered the field of play and it only took the midfielder a few minutes to score his first of the season which was excellently engineered by Golding who cut the ball back to the surging Sturrock who had made a gut-busting run into the box. Sturrock was able to add a second 5 minutes later as he did brilliantly to take down a great ball into the box from Harrys Hays which allowed the midfielder the chance to dispatch the chance; which he did – expertly sliding through the keeper’s legs with ease.
Bearsted wouldn’t stop here as Richards was able to add another two goals which made it 4 on the day, and 7 in the league this season. Yet another assist from Golding who unselfishly passed the ball across the goal which meant all Richards had to do was to tap the ball into an empty net. Richards’ fourth and final goal came from some quality wing play from West who was able to beat the Hythe full-back and pick Richards out at the back-post who made no mistake in heading the ball in from close-range. Unfortunately, Bearsted’s ninth of the game wasn’t to be as Sturrock was denied a hattrick due to a handball in the previous phase of play leading up to the goal – much to the midfielder’s dismay. All in all, a great performance from the Bears who deserved nothing less than all three points in this game.
Bearsted Team: Fraser Lee, Callum West, Kieren Patel, Callum MacGregor, Harry Whitfield, Luke Snazel, Edoardo Cammarano, Tom Lindsey, Chris Carcary, Ryan Golding, Will Richards.
Bearsted Subs: Joe Sturrock, Jack Lee, Harry Hays.