Match Date: 20 November 2016
Bearsted won 10 - 9 on penalties
Bearsted continued their fine cup form following a 10-9 win through penalties over visitors Welling United. Bearsted started the game rather poorly and Welling were edging the early exchanges which enabled them a couple of opportunities in front of goal which they should have put away. With Bearsted just about hanging on defensively it forced them into an early change of formation and a couple of substitutes which helped stabilise things. These changes meant that Bearsted were creeping back into the game and they almost took the lead through Will Richards but the opposition keeper pulled off a fine save to deny the striker. The first-half ended 0-0 in a scrappy game with Welling just about having the edge over the Bears in the first-half, both sides needed to keep hold of the ball a lot better in the second-half.
The second-half started and Bearsted were unable to find their feet early on which allowed Welling to take the lead. Poor communication at the back meant that the Welling frontman was able to run onto a loose ball and round Fraser Lee to make it 1-0 to the away side. Nevertheless, Bearsted never gave up and this determination paid dividend when the Edoardo Cammarano swung in an excellent corner which Kieren Patel met at the back-post; as the centre-back has done on numerous occasions this season which tied the game up at 1-1. Bearsted had a couple of chances before the final whistle but Tom Lindsey was unable to convert from a cross that found him unmarked at the far-post; much to the midfielder’s disappointment. This meant that the game would head into extra-time with both sides finding it tough to break one another down.
The first-half of extra-time was tentative and nervy to say the least as neither side were able to get the ball down and play decent football. Although, at this point you’d argue that Bearsted were creating more chances and looked the more threatening out of the two teams. The first-half of extra-time would finish 1-1. The second-half of extra-time came to life as Bearsted were piling on the pressure. The home side thought they had taken the lead as Luke Snazel burst down the left-side and picked out Callum West at the back-post who put the ball in the net, only to be denied by the linesman. 5 minutes later, Bearsted once again had the ball in the net through Joe Sturrock, but the joy of a late winner was to be short-lived as the linesman yet again denied Bearsted the goal due to Joe being supposedly offside.
This meant that the entertaining cup tie would go all the way to penalties. Welling would take first and Fraser Lee would do brilliantly to deny Welling the opening goal. It would eventually take Bearsted 10 goals to beat the away side with Bearsted missing two of their penalties and Welling missing three. Fraser Lee was excellent throughout the penalty shootout as he managed to save two penalties and score one for himself. Tom Lindsey held his nerve for the second time in the shootout to score the tenth goal and confirm Bearsted’s place in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup.
Bearsted Team: Fraser Lee, Callum West, Kieren Patel, Callum MacGregor, Harry Whitfield, Albert Courtnell, Chris Carcary, Edoardo Cammarano, Tom Lindsey, Will Richards, Luke Snazel.
Bearsted Subs: Harry Hays, Jack Lee, Joe Sturrock, Ryan Golding