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First Team vs Cray Valley

Match Date: 27 March 2019
Score: 0-3

Three weeks ago these two sides met at Honey Lane and produced an excellent encounter with
The Millers snatching a 1 - 0 win.
Sadly, tonight the Bears were unable to reproduce the same high standard of football, and from the start the home side dominated the game throwing men forward and creating chances. What was surprising is that it took as long as it did for them to take the lead, but after 10 mins they attacked down their left side and a great cross in wasn't defended and and the ball bounced back off the post where Gavin Tomlin had the easy task of tapping home 1 - 0.
The home side were enjoying great success advancing down their left flank and on 18 mins another excellent left wing cross found Francis Babalola unmarked and he headed home from
6 yards out. With the home side playing with confidence and the visitors struggling to make any
impression on the game, it was no surprise when on 34 mins yet another left wing cross wasn't dealt with and after a scramble Babalola fired home from close range. 3 - 0
Damage limitation was all the Bears could hope for in the second half, although in all honesty
Cray Valley could and should have scored more. Not a game the Bears will want to look back on!
An intriguing fact to come out of this encounter was the fact that both goalkeepers were making their debuts in The SCEFL Premier Division recently signed Gibraltan international Deren Ibrahim for the Millers at the age of 38, whilst for the Bears 18 year old Ethan Collen was actually playing his first ever senior game, he should be pleased with his performance having pulled off a number of fine saves and looking composed and confident well done, On a funny note the hardest Deren Ibrahim worked all night was when he ran from his goal to the touch line to help an assistant referee who was horizontal on the ground with cramp !

Ethan Collen, Matt Weller, Andy Foster, Nicolae Popescue, Cameron Croucher,
Ryan Croucher, Jon Rogers, Charles Noyelli, Ben Allen, Reece Collins, David Baranowski.

Subs :-
Matt Garner for Charles Noyelle
George Sheminant for Nicolae Popesue
James Bessy- Saldanha for Ben Allen
Perry Cray
Sam Flisher