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.

Line-ups:

Beckenham TownLine-upsPunjab United
Michael McEntegart1Max Ovenden
Harvey Brand2Marvin Okundalaiye
Archie Johnson3Luqman Adesina
Rob Carter4Diljit Boora
Mudiagha Wanogho5Paul Lorraine
Joe Bannan6Adam Cuthbert
Bertie Valler7Chandler Kasai
Luke Rooney (C)8Ayomide Majekodunmi
Billy Martins9Bryan Zepo
Ryan Hall10George Goodwin (C)
Shameek Farrell11William Johnson-Cole
Subs
Steve Townsend (ON)12Dan Fenton
Junior Kaffo (ON)14Timileyin Babington
Stefan Cox (ON)15Camen Bhandal
Malik Nosike16Robert Brown
Jamie Brown17Prem Jayabrarathi

Premier Division Table:

POSTEAMPLDWDLGFGAGDPTS
1BECKENHAM TOWN22153449262348
2CHATHAM TOWN22134548262243
3CORINTHIAN21134447281943
4SHEPPEY UNITED21125467283941
5HOLLANDS & BLAIR23117554302440
6TUNBRIDGE WELLS20131650302040