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First Team vs Canterbury City

Match Date: 13 September 2017
Score: 1-0

This game was played at an intense pace on a wet surface which provided a great deal of excitement throughout, with both sides having similar styles and providing some good attacking movement. Certainly it was the home side that were the quickest out to the blocks and very nearly went ahead soon after the start when a Dave Pilcher run and cross just failed to be converted and being cleared off the line by Sam Flisher. Following this, saw much of the same with Gary Mickelborough not making the most of a good chance firing just wide and in addition Bear’s goalkeeper Matt Blendell being asked to produce a couple important saves. However as the match wore on, so the visitors began to settle into a pattern of play which to gave their opposition an equal amount of problems, with the link up play between Cameron Croucher and Lucian Scarlat being of particular concern for their opponents, who now were finding themselves having to defend a few dangerous situations. However, although the momentum still swung both ways, Bearsted’s goal came after 28 minutes, when a misplaced City free kick was picked up by Charley Epps to send Peter Williams down the right for him to fire home a thunderous low drive from 25 yards across keeper Jack Delo into the net. Following this strike, the visitors nearly added another when a run and cross from Reece Collins found the head of Williams for him to hit the bar and for the rebound, falling to Constantine Scarlet to see his shot scrambled off of the line by Gary Sayer.
Immediately after the half time break, once more the score could have been increased when a Ryan Croucher free kick was picked up by Collins for him to see his goal bound effort deflected narrowly wide, However as the half wore on so it was Canterbury who began to seize more of the possession as they looked to pull the goal back and now forcing the Bearsted defence onto the back foot in order of preventing this happening. As expected this pressure did have its affect, during which time keeper Blendell produced two great saves from both Mickelborough and Pilcher once more. However with the momentum now very much in their favour, the hosts had to be mindful of the quick breaks that the Bear’s could inflict upon them and on numerous occasions this might well have happened had their final passes been better? The game though as the clock ran down, certainly became a tense, defensive affair for the Bearsted backline as they were being asked to cope with a series of dangerous in swinging corners, which they did magnificently well and when home defender Steve Murray sent his header narrowly wide only minutes before the end, it concluded the fact that this was not going to be his team’s night.
Team: M.Blendell, S.Flisher, G. Andrews, A.Hart, C.Croucher, C.Epps, (M.Garner) R.Croucher, R.Collins (J.sellens) P.Williams C.Scarlet (C.Carcary ) L.Scarlet
Subs: J.White, S.Andrews