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First Team vs Punjab Utd

Match Date: 03 March 2020
Score: 3-0

Team: Very similar to the first game between these teams played recently, although the scoreline was to ultimately be the same, it remained a very tight and well contested affair. However it was to be the home side that began the more brightly and within a minute after the start goalkeeper Max Ovenden had to pull out a wonder save turning over a fierce drive from Lucian Scartlat. It was not long after though that following a run from deep by Jon Rogers, his through ball into the path of Nodirbek Bobomurodov slot home past the advancing Hagan. Buoyed by this success the home side were to go further in front after 16 minutes when a screaming shot from the left hit the near post and somehow found its’ way across goal which allowed Elyonn Marshall-Katung to put the ball in from close range. Following this major setback so Punjab’s reaction was a very positive one as they were able to become more organised and able to put together some good interplay, which in turn saw them being able to go close on several occasions, notably when Arun Suman found himself the space to send a low shot by the post and when Bryan Zepo did not make the most of a great opportunity by firing high over the bar. However as half time loomed so Bearsted were to suffer the loss to injury of the influential skipper Ryan Croucher and seeing them having to rearrange their backline whilst having to maintain the lead throughout the second half.

Following the resumption so United did not seem to be quiet as able to produce the same momentum as before and Bearsted to begin to impose themselves onto the game and as a result of some spirited defending and raids on the break so chances once more began to arrive and on numerous occasions came close to breaking down the visitor’s defensive set up, mainly due to a combination of Paul Lorraine marshalling, Ovenden saves and gilt edge chances for both Peter Williams and Cat Scarlat going to waste. However as the clock ran down so Scarlat was to find himself clear to set up brother Lucian to send the ball home to seal the game with just minutes remaining.