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First Team vs Sheppey Utd

Match Date: 03 December 2019
Score: 4-0

By A Hefferon

Although Bearsted had not seen any action for three weeks and having suffered a heavy defeat by their opponents last month this result came as somewhat of a surprise. However on the night they turned up with Great Spirit and really always looked more in control for most of the game. Sheppey though might well have gone in front early on when Rob Dennes found enough room to send a shot narrowly wide. This privilege did come to the hosts after 16 minutes, when on the break the ball was sent down the line and for James .Bessey-Saldanha to run on goal and send the ball into the net. This goal did signal a method of play that proved to be effective when after receiving the ball on the edge of the area, Lucian Scarlat fire home a an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Mitchell Walls flying in high to his right. Indeed things could have been worse had it not been for a double save by the keeper in keeping the game alive. Unfortunately for them though the visitors were to suffer a real setback when they found themselves down to 10 men which proved to have a significant effect for the rest of the match. However as the clock ran down and half time looming the hosts had to thank both their keeper Scott Andrews for a smart save followed by a goal line clearance by skipper Ryan Croucher for keeping the scoreline intact.
With the pattern of play after the break being much the same and with Sheppey somewhat vulnerable at the back in coping with their opponent’s swift attacks, whist at the same time having to put together a way of making an impact. It would be true to say though that both the introduction of Dan Bradshaw and the wing raids of Chris Edwards down the flanks looked a potential danger. However midway through the half Bearsted had a great chance to seal the game, when a run into the box by Jon Rogers was ended by a trip and a penalty being awarded, but sadly for them they were not able to capitalise on this when Scarlat was to put the ball wide of goal. The all import third goal was to arrive after 88 minutes in similar fashion when Emmanuel Oluwasemo stepped up to convert the spot kick in emphatic style. The icing on the cake though was to follow deep into extra time when Peter Williams broke into the box to set up Saldanha to settle the game by scoring from close range.