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First Team vs Canterbury City

Match Date: 11 January 2020
Score: 1-2

By Allan Hefferon

This was a particularly disappointing result for Bearsted as their recent run of
success came to an end after them having mainly dominated the game
throughout. However this was a difficult encounter for both sides having to play
on a pretty poor playing surface and the constant swell of wind which in effect
made the ultimate result always a possibility? Certainly it was the visitors who
were fast out of the traps and it took only 8 minutes for them to go in front
when James Bessey- Saldanha took possession of the ball to run on to cross
onto the edge of the penalty area for Brett Ince to steer the ball home low into
the left hand corner of the net. At this stage so this strike did signal the
possibility of them running on to win the game quite comfortably notably when
Saldanha found himself in on goal only for him to be denied by home
goalkeeper Harry Earls. Further chances came and went and maybe when a
Lucian Scarlat strike hit the upright and for the rebound to be sent onto the bar
by Ince suggested that it was not to be their day? The home side’s chances,
although not being as frequent, the playing conditions always offered potential
difficulties for the away defence and on one particular occasion Alex Smith
could well have equalised just before the half time beak when Alex Smith was
not able to make the most of such an opportunity
Following the half time break so the momentum was to be the same and almost
immediately after Bears were to strike the bar yet again and at the other end
Jake Lovell might well as found an equaliser by forcing a smart save by Scott
Andrews. As the game wore on though several more chances came along and
with a combination near misses, saves and pure frustration, the visitors were
unable to sow the game up. Indeed they were to be punished after 66 minutes
when Thomas Ngegba found himself in on the left to run in to send the ball past
Andrews into the net. Lifted somewhat by this success so Canterbury were to
find the spirit to at least save the game, but they were to do better than that
when Liam Middleton was able to wrap the game after 79 minutes in similarly
fashion once more from a run from the left to take home all the points.