Match Date: 14 March 2017
Match Report by Allan Hefferon
On the back of a run of good form this was a particular lack lustre Bearsted performance against a very good young side that from the start were able to settle into a decent passing rhyme which indeed did provide one or two potential goal chances. An example of which being when Luke Tanner was in on goal only to be denied by an exceptional save by goalkeeper Scott Andrews. As for the visitors, they were finding it particularly hard to drop into a similar mould likely to threaten the home defence. However, during this spell the Bears did nearly go in front when a cross from Andy Irvine, was touched on by Matt Garner, only to see Peter Williams fire over the bar from just outside the box. Midway through the half though, came a pivotal moment in the game following a defensive clash, when both Rob Lyall and AbiolaJunior Alade were belatedly sent off after initially given a yellow cards, which unfortunately for them extended to red after intervention of the linesman. With both sides now having to adjust to the extra space provided, so the game the game became a little more balanced as the Bears began to mount a few more attacks, notably down their right hand side. Unfortunately for them though they were punished following of the break up one such attack, when a clearing pass from defence found Brad Large in open space to run almost the length of the field to lob the ball over the advancing Andrews into the net after 42 minutes.
Following very soon after the half time break so came Corinthians second goal, arriving after another very contentious circumstance, when a ball sent down the right seemingly had well crossed the goal line, but was hooked back into play by Large, much to the consternation of off balanced Andrews, for Connor Johnson to score and the goal to be given, also earning a yellow card for the keeper’s warranted protestations. Although this strike did take its’ toll, Bearsted refused to to give up in trying to mount attacks and as the half wore on, so they were able to push onto the front foot and coming close on occasions, notably when Irvine was able head on for Williams to run in on goal only for him to see his short on target excellently saved by Joe Hagan. However, at the end of the game they really could not complain about the result as overall on the evening, the home side,s play and constancy throughout deserved the points.
Team: S.Andrews, S.Flisher, Foster, R.Lyall, A.Hart, M.Holliday, G.Andrews(R.Golding) M.Garner, A.Irvine, R.Collins (C.Carcary) P.Williams (O.Wells)
Subs: K.Mooney, S.Sage