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First Team vs Canterbury City

Match Date: 14 September 2019
Score: 2-2

By Allan Hefferon

From the opening minute it was Canterbury who were to start in a more lively fashion, during which time they were to go close to opening the scoring with the wing runs of Ben Wilson and Jordan Wright being a significant threat, the result of which seeing Dan Grant fire wide and defender Graeme Andrews heading away a looping goal bound effort. However Bearsted were to suffer a blow early on when as a result of a somewhat vigorous challenge Constantine Scarlat was able to play no further part and being stretchered d off of the field. Interestingly enough as the home side began to settle down they were to take the lead when after 35 minutes, when Luke Burdon sent a peach of a cross-field pass from the left to send James .Bessey-Saldanha into the clear to fire the ball past Joe Mant from just inside the area. Following this goal so the likelihood of a reply still remained a real threat and just before half time the home side had to defend 4 consecutive corners, the last of which was to be headed over the bar by Joe Denoly from 5 yards.
Following the resumption though after 4 minutes the visitors were to reply, when following a defensive mix up down the right, Matt Day was allowed to run across the edge of the area before angling his shot past goalkeeper Scott Andrews. However as the half moved on so the momentum began to swing in favour of the Bears and after 53 minutes a neatly clipped ball by Sam Flisher found the head of Burdon to resist the challenge of 2 defenders to power home his effort into the net, but sadly for him he was to become the second striker of the afternoon unable to resume his duties. The introduction now of David Baranowski did though bring a different dimension of play and on several occasions great opportunities fell to extend the scoreline. Unfortunately for them though with 5 minutes remaining they were once more to fall victims of their own making, when in an almost in carbon copy fashion the ball found its way to Day once more to run on and send the ball past Andrews to level the score. With both sides now entering the final minutes of the game so play become a bit tense for both sides and for either almost being able to get a winner, first when Liam King got in on goal to be denied by a point blank Andrews save. In turn, almost immediately after saw a tricky Baranowski run take him down the right to cross and send Lucian Scarlat in on goal only for him to be chased down and prevented from scoring by a superb inception by Clark Woodcock. Perhaps all in all this last sequence of action typified an exciting game and final result.

Team; S.Andrews, S.Flisher, G.Andrews ,R.Croucher, L.Risk, J.Rogers, M.Dalton, J.Beadle (D.Baranowski) J.Bessey-Saldanha, E.Oluwasemo, C.Scarlat (L.Burdon) (L.Scarlat)
Subs; R.Lyall, Khalil McFarlane