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First Team vs Erith Town

Match Date: 15 January 2019
Score: 2-1

By Allan Hefferon

From the start it was the visitors who seemed to settle more quickly and during this opening spell they nearly went in front when Steadman Callender found himself free on goal only to be denied by Scott Andrews diving low to his right. However for Bearsted, opportunities were limited but they were to go in front after 22 minutes, when J.Bessey-Saldanha was released down the right to send in a low cross for Ryan Croucher to force a save from Erith goalkeeper Adam Molley only for the ball to come back to David Baranowski to send it back into the net. The visitor’s response was a positive one with some controlled play prompted by
By the Louis Valencia and the runs on goal of by both Callender and Razza Corman causing at times, certain anxiety for the home defence. They were though rewarded on the half hour following an interception Bear’s skipper Rob Lyall of which the referee felt was worthy of a penalty and allowing Russell Bedford to step up and send the ball past Andrews from the spot. With play now swinging from end to end so came two great chances falling to the hosts, first when a Baranoski run at goal resulted in the ball being scrambled off of the line by defender Dan Palrey and then when Lyall arriving at the near post to sent a Matt Hathway corner inches wide of the post.

Similar to their opponents in the first half, Bearsted were to take more command entering the second phase of the game and being able to provide real pressure particularly with their wing runs making another goal looking quite likely, an example of which when Baranoski broke through and then when Reece Collins went close. Having said this there could be no room for complacency as counter attacks were also threat, an example of which coming when Alex Nelson broke clear only to see his shot go wide leaving the scorline still even. The deadlock though did come after 82 minutes when a corner from the left created some confusion which allowed Collins at hand to thrash the ball in from close range. Following this strike Town now had to look for an equaliser, which indeed they nearly did and were to come very close to scoring with a series of corners and notably, when being thwarted by two excellent one on one
saves by Scott Andrews’s right at the end.

Team S.Andrew, S.Flisher,A.Foster, C.Croucher, R.Croucher, M.Hathway, M.Garner (J.Rogers) J.Bessey-Sadanha(R.Golding) R.Collins, D.Baranowski
Subs: G.Amdrews, M.Weller