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First Team vs Chatham Town

Match Date: 15 September 2020
Score: 2-5

Hot title favourites Chatham Town visited Honey Lane tonight for what turned out to be a cracking game of football. The Bears' for their part were not in the mood to show too much respect to the visitors.
The game was played at great pace particularly from the home side. But it was Chatham who were to score first after 6 mins when an excellent right wing cross was played into the Bears penalty box forcing a defender to head in an own goal 0 - 1.
This only inspired the home side to up the tempo with their pace and commitment causing Chatham all sorts of problems.
Those efforts were rewarded when on 19 mins Elyon M.Katung converted a penalty for the Bears' to draw level.1 - 1.
Now with their tails up the home side were exposing the Chats defence particularly the lightening pace of Jordan Ababio down the right flank, so much so that on 23 mins he outpaced his marker to get into the box and score to put the Bears in front. 2 - 1.
The home side were now really asking questions of their visitors, and Kevin Stevens’s side were showing signs of his new squad gelling together and deserving to go in at half time 2 - 1 up.
Sadly the Bears already lengthy injury list increased when Jason Dawson 45 mins and Elyon M. Katung 55 mins were, unable to continue thus causing a reshuffle of positions.
The visitors had obviously had the customary half-time rollicking and showed more desire in the second period. Jack Evans was the Chats saviour when he headed home to put the visitors level 73 mins 2 -2.It seemed inevitable that more would follow and on 76 mins Reece Butler increased the Chats lead 3 -2.
The home side were now looking a bit weary and the visitors scored again Dan Bradshaw 80 mins 4 - 2 and Moses Abioye 85 mins. 5 - 2 FT.
I think it's fair to say that, for the first hour the Bears more than matched their opponents,
but with a fully fit squad who knows what might have happened.
None the less still lots of positives for the Bears to reflect on. COYB.

Daniel Smith, Jason Dawson, Adesina Luqman, Tom Penfold, Cameron Croucher,
Stephen Hafner, Harrison Hatfull, Jordan Ababio, Constantin Scarlett, Elyon M.Katung, Lucian Scarlett.

Callum McCarthy.
Andy Irvine for Constantin. Scarlett
David Baranowski for Elyon M.Katung
Joel Wakefield
Jon Rogers for Jason Dawson.