Match Report by Scott Bulmer

BECKENHAM TOWN 4-0 AFC CROYDON ATHLETIC

Sea Pioneer SCEFL Premier Division

Tuesday 3rd March

Dominic Ogun scores the third against his former employers in a comfortable 4-0 win for the league leaders as they send their struggling local rivals home with nothing but a third defeat on the bounce and no wins in nine in all competitions. Strike partner Ryan Hall scored the first goal and Steve Townsend assisted two own goals.

Straight from kick off Becks sent the ball forward and could’ve taken the lead before the visitors had even touched the ball except Ryan Hall misjudged his volley and the chance went begging. Becks attempted to counter down the right wing but were blatantly stopped with a tackle on the man, not the ball, the referee somehow saw nothing wrong with it though.

In a pleasant surprise, we had a good delivery from a corner that landed right on Junior Kaffo’s unmarked head but he could only direct the ball down into the keeper Nic Taylor’s hands. The rams defence struggled whenever it came to low crosses and Becks capitalised on that. The first example came with the ball in the centre of the park, Luke Rooney pinged it out to the left for Hall who proceeded to roll it into the arriving Dominic Ogun. Unfortunately, the shot spiraled over at the near post wasting a great move from the home side.

An early delivery from Ben Gorham just inside the Croydon half found its way through a crowded box & was poked in at the back stick by an unmarked Ryan Hall to take the lead after 19 minutes. Becks doubled their lead just two minutes later, the ball was again sent diagonally from Luke Rooney, this time out to Steve Townsend on the right wing and his whipped low cross was delivered towards Hall but instead turned into the top bins by Hermes Mengi for an own goal.

Croydon’s best chance came towards the end of the half as Michael McEntegart was deemed by the referee to make the save despite not touching it, this was even confirmed by the player who took the shot.

At half time Becks had a deserved two goal cushion despite not playing their best football, there was a way back into the game for the Rams but they’d have to rely on a little luck and some clinical finishing based on the first half performance.

The second half was a fairly balanced affair for the first ten to fifteen minutes with neither side creating anything clear cut with Becks controlling a midfield battle for the most part. Thankfully, a ball through the heart of the Rams defence woke everyone up. Running through on goal Ogun took the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper but was clearly clipped on the way past. stonewall penalty everyone thought including the goalkeeper. The referee did not award anything but a goal kick. As a result of the incident, the goalkeeper had a sore ankle/foot which plagued him for the rest of the match.

The third goal put the tie to bed with ten minutes remaining but was quite controversial. The referee stops play for a Becks head injury with neither side having 100% possession of the ball. The drop ball was taken by a Becks player and kicked towards the Croydon defence. It was left by the defenders but was too short for the hobbling goalkeeper to get to. Ogun runs onto the loose ball and neatly links the ball past the goalkeeper to get a goal against his former club. In stoppage time Steve Townsend earned his second assist to a Rams own goal as his ball played across the six yard box was deflected in by Michael Jones.

The win means that Becks are two points clear of Corinthian (who won 10-0 in their game) at the top of the table having played one more game than them. Our next game is Welling Town away who currently sit 9th in the table after losing 5-0 at Canterbury City before the short trip to Glebe. Our next home fixture is currently scheduled to be the massive clash with Corinthian on Saturday 21st March but could be moved due to Corinthian’s progress in the FA Vase.

Man of the Match: Kiki Oshilaja

Line-ups:

Beckenham Town: Michael McEntegart, Kiki Oshilaja, Jamie Brown, Junior Kaffo (Billy Martins 63, Joe Bannon 80) Ben Gorham, Rob Carter, Ryan Hall, Luke Rooney (Shameek Farrell 68) Dominic Ogun, Harvey Brand, Steve Townsend.
Unused Subs: Stefan Cox, Mudiagha Wanogho

AFC Croydon Athletic: Nic Taylor, Kazzeem Richards (Alex Arthur 79) Michael Jones, Abbas Agoro, Liam Harwood, Hermes Mengi, Noe Parcerisa, Dan Hunwick (Osmar Guana 88) Joe Nwoko, Jack Clark (Umaro Alpha 63) Jordan Greaves.
Unused Subs: Nahum Green, Lukwayne Greenwood

Photo credit: Sniperpose