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First Team vs Tunbridge Wells

Match Date: 21 September 2019
Score: 4-4

By Allan Hefferon

Although this was a well fort draw it is quite likely that Bearsted would have been more disappointed not to have taken home all the points. Certainly they started in the right manner, when after just 3 minutes they were to take the lead when a James Bessey-Saldanha run took him to the by-line to cross for Lucian Scarlat to see his goal-bound shot to hit the arm of Freeman Rogers and for the resultant penalty being sent home from the spot by Saldanha. Soon after in reply saw a strong run down the middle which allowed Euan Sahasow to set up Josh Froggart only for him to be denied by an Ethan Collen save. The equaliser though was to follow after 17 minutes when Sahasow picked up the ball in midfield to run on and score a superb shot into the top right hand corner of the net. Although play was to flow end to end it was the home side who were to take the lead after 30 minutes when a cross from the left found the head of Jason Thompson to score past an exposed Collen.This goal did however signal a spell of dominance in the run up to half time and unfortunately for the visitors things were to get worse during this time and saw Sahasow score from the spot following a penalty being awarded for an unfortunate trip by Callum McCarthy just inside the area.
Following the resumption after the break so the hopes of Tunbridge supporters of a big win might have been high, but by the same token the introduction of defender Rob Lyall proved to have a significant effect, whose contribution in defence was to be immense. The real game changer though came when a Jake Beecroft free kick from the left heading for the top right hand corner was turned over by an incredible save by Collen. Remarkably this incident did now signal a great response as the Bears began to seize control of the game, starting soon after when a cross ball from the right by John Rogers allowed a combination of Saldanha and Scarlat provide the cross onto the head of Emmanuel Oluwasemo to score at the far post. As further attacks now emerging as the Bears began to a period of dominance and being able to exploit the home side’s back line and after 65 minutes, a ball over the top by Josh Beadle put Oluwasemo in on goal to send the ball past advancing goalkeeper Tommy Taylor to level to score. No surprise then that soon after came the potential winner when following a run and shot by Scarlat came back to Mikey Dalton to send the ball into the net from the edge of the area. The result though should have gone further in front when once more Oluwasemo found himself clear on goal only for him to see his effort to cannon off of the bar and deny him a hat-trick. Unfortunately for the visitors, as has been seen in recent games they were once more not being able to get the game over the line and they were punished after 85 minutes, when following a mis-directed clearance gave Jordan Wells the opportunity of running on to score and salvage the game and giving both sides something to be satisfied with.
Team; E. Collen, S.Flisher,L.Majayegbe(R.Lyall) C.Roberts,,C.McCarthy,J.Rogers, (D.Baranowski) M.Dalton (KMcFarlane J.Beadle J.Bessey-Saldanha, E.Oluwasemo, L.Scarlat
Subs; , R.Croucher, P.Williams