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First Team vs Beckenham Town

Match Date: 13 October 2018
Score: 3-0

Following defeats earlier in the week, both sides were looking for the opportunity of getting back on track by winning this particularly match. Bearsted with a slightly re-arranged side took a while to settle and having to survive an early penalty scare, whilst coping with Beckenham’s front line, during which time seeing both Billy Bennett shooting narrowly wide and Richard Atkins firing over a great opportunity of scoring. At this stage also, they were finding difficulty in exploiting any frailties in their opponent's back line and often being guilty of choosing the right passes to do so. However as time wore on so they were to grow in confidence and managing to mount counter attacks, one of which coming after 25 minutes, when following a misplaced pass from defence, Reece Collins seized upon the opportunity to drive on and thread the pass through for Peter Williams to run on to see his shot half saved by the advancing goalkeeper Michael McEntegart and for the ball to roll agonisingly on over the goal line. Unfortunately soon after, the injury to skipper Rob Lyall gave certain concern about how this new found momentum could be maintained? However somewhat stung by finding themselves behind, the visitors often found themselves unable to put the final touches to the attacks which might have brought them an all important equaliser. This ambition though became more unlikely as very soon before half time, front man Williams found himself with the ball out on the left, to turn and run across the edge of the area before unleashing a wonderful shot high into the right hand corner of the net.

Following the half time break and with the game very much still in the balance, so the home side's main thought was to maintain the lead and face the prospect of dealing with the task ahead. Unsurprisingly this did prove the be the case, first when a goaline block by Sam Flisher denied Taylor Fisher and then when a great one handed save by Scott Andrews prevented Atkins from scoring from close range. However as the flow of play remained hectic, so the home defence were able to cope and with the contributions of Andy Foster and Jamie Hurst being immense, this was a great influence for them. However play was not all to be one way and with the introduction of the returning Lucian Scarlat, this now adding another dimension for the visitors to consider, now compelled to push forward they had to be mindful of the potential of being hurt on the break once more. This indeed did eventually prove to be the case when after 88 minutes, following some good work by David Baranowski, he found Scarlat to set off on a mazy run into the box, before rounding McEntegart to put the ball into the net and send his side into the next round of this prestigious trophy against Newhaven at our home ground. 

Team S.Andrews, S.Flisher, A.Foster, R.Lyall (J.Hurst) B.Baranowski M.Garner, M.Hathway, R.Croucher(L.Scarlat) D.Baranowski P.Williams, R.Collins (M.Holliday)
Subs; C.Scarlet, A.Ombo