PUNJAB UNITED 0-0 BECKENHAM TOWN
SCEFL Premier Division
Saturday 8th February
Captain Luke Rooney could not convert a first-half penalty in a goalless draw away against a very defensive Punjab United.
Manager Jason Huntley opted to start with a 3-5-2 formation for the tricky away trip to much improved Punjab United. Joe Bannon joined Mudiagho Wanogho and Rob Carter in the centre of defence with Kiki Oshilaja missing through illness.
Against the wind and uphill in the first half, Becks had a glorious chance to take the lead about 15 mins in when a rampaging Harvey Brand run ended in him being tripped. Skipper Luke Rooney’s penalty went sailing over the bar. 10 mins later Shameek Farrell had a good chance 20 yards out but on his wrong foot the opportunity was spurned.
With the hosts seemingly content with a point, the second-half saw Becks dominate possession and both Archie Johnson and Steve Townsend fizzed shots just wide either side of a fierce Ryan Hall volley from 20 yards out that the Punjab keeper was relieved to push over the top.
With time ticking, Becks final hopes to take all 3pts came and went when first Brand couldn’t quite find the headed finish to a Townsend cross and then Farrell missed another good chance, opting to use his right when his left or his head seemed the better option.
The point means Becks sit five points clear at the top of the table. Our next league game is at home under the floodlights when we welcome Canterbury City on Tuesday 18th February, Kick-off 7:45 pm. Before that, we take on Corinthian in the Kent Senior Trophy Semi Final on Saturday.
|Beckenham Town||Line-ups||Punjab United|
|Michael McEntegart||1||Max Ovenden|
|Harvey Brand||2||Marvin Okundalaiye|
|Archie Johnson||3||Luqman Adesina|
|Rob Carter||4||Diljit Boora|
|Mudiagha Wanogho||5||Paul Lorraine|
|Joe Bannan||6||Adam Cuthbert|
|Bertie Valler||7||Chandler Kasai|
|Luke Rooney (C)||8||Ayomide Majekodunmi|
|Billy Martins||9||Bryan Zepo|
|Ryan Hall||10||George Goodwin (C)|
|Shameek Farrell||11||William Johnson-Cole|
|Steve Townsend (ON)||12||Dan Fenton|
|Junior Kaffo (ON)||14||Timileyin Babington|
|Stefan Cox (ON)||15||Camen Bhandal|
|Malik Nosike||16||Robert Brown|
|Jamie Brown||17||Prem Jayabrarathi|
Premier Division Table:
|5||HOLLANDS & BLAIR||23||11||7||5||54||30||24||40|