Date Added 10/05/2017

Bears finish strong in first season in SCEFL Premier

The Bears 1st team have finished their first ever season in the Southern Counties East Football League (SCEFL) Premier Division in 12th place, remaining unbeaten in their final five games with four wins and a draw and concluding the season with an entertaining 3-2 victory away at Beckenham Town Saturday before last (29th April).
Our first season at Step 5 of the FA non-league football pyramid has been a measured success, with a fantastic collective effort by the players, management and committee to step up into the highest level in the clubs history and retain its status for next season. On the pitch, competing against well-established clubs at this level, some with greater resources, has proved a challenge that the players and management have risen to throughout the season, registering 14 wins out of 38 league games and notably taking maximum points from eventual league winners Ashford United. Off the pitch, the clubhouse has been thriving on match days thanks to our improved catering facilities and a licensed bar, generating important additional income to help cover running costs, whilst further improvements have been made to the car park, changing rooms and playing surface.
First team Manager Kevin Stevens said ‘ Our first season at this level has been tough but has been one that I and everyone at the club have enjoyed and learnt a lot from, so we are keen to build on it for next season. Week in and week out the players have worked really hard and finishing 12th is well deserved’.
Chairman Duncan Andrews said ‘Its very pleasing that we have been able to make this transition into a higher level of football and finish in a respectable position, and with largely the same core of players that earned promotion last season, many of whom have been with the club for several years.
Particularly pleasing for the club has been the introduction into the first team fold of home grown players from our u18 side, evidencing that our focus on developing young talent is working, and something we are continuing to build on with the entering of new teams at under 13 and 14 level into the Kent Youth League next season’.
Looking ahead to next season, the club is also extremely proud and excited to be competing in the FA Cup for the first time in its history. We will be hoping for a home draw in the preliminary round to draw in extra interest and support from local fans and make it a special occasion, whilst any progress will also bring a financial benefit in the form of prize money and additional sponsorship opportunities.
The club’s progress can be followed on social media via Twitter (@Bearsted_FC) and Facebook (@BearstedFC)