Beckenham Town 3-1 AFC Croydon Athletic

Monday 22nd April

Just two days after a poor performance away at Canterbury, we hosted AFC Croydon Athletic for our final home game of what has been a rollercoaster 2018/19 season.

We saw a well contested first half with both sides showing a lack quality in the final third to get the go-ahead goal. Thankfully just before half time Becks put in a low driven cross after an inspired run down to the byline on the left side of the box, it was officially turned in by Billy Bennett but we all know it was most likely an own goal as the ball deflected awkwardly at the near post and looped over the helpless goalkeeper seemingly in slow motion.

Early in the second half we were the architects of our own downfall when a short free kick routine was intercepted by the Croydon defence and they swiftly and efficiently countered down the opposite end utilising the fact our defenders had gone up for the set piece. They moved the ball to Kazzeem Richards, wide open on the edge of the box and he calmly put the ball low into the near post to level the scores just before the hour mark.

It only stayed that way for five minutes because Richard Atkins scored at the near post after another good movement down the right side to put Becks back in front. The goal came almost immediately after Kazzeem Richards had a golden chance to double up as the ball was whipped across the six yard box but he couldn’t get a good enough connection on the stretch and his header went wide.

Shameek Farrell came on and reminded us of what we’ve been missing recently as he latched onto a through ball in stoppage time and poked the ball round the on rushing goalkeeper. Despite taking it very wide he managed to keep his composure and roll it in despite the defenders’ best efforts who collided with the post as a result.

The win mathematically secured us fifth place in the league with just an away trip to K Sports left to finish off what has been a rollercoaster of a season. After the match a few end of season awards were handed out by Club Chairman Paul Faires.

Goal of the season was awarded to Shameek Farrell for his winning goal against St Peter that took us through to the Kent Senior Trophy Final. Taken from that games match report: “He received the ball on the right corner of the opposition box, took two touches to cut inside and sweetly bent the ball into the far corner with his trademark finish leaving the keeper no chance.”

Player of the season was awarded to goalkeeper Michael McEntegart who performed well throughout the season and when the defence have been less than stellar, he has saved our skins on multiple occasions with some top quality goalkeeping at times.

Nathan Paul was given the award which embodies the spirit of the team, he had many good performances at right back for us throughout the season and our defence was for the most part stronger with him in the side.

Player of the season was awarded to goalkeeper Michael McEntegart who performed well throughout the season and when the defence have been less than stellar, he has saved our skins on multiple occasions with some top quality goalkeeping at times.

The final award was given to Club Secretary Peter Palmer for the tireless dedication that he puts in to help make this club what it is. ‘There’s only oneee, Peter Palmer.’

Match Report by Scott Bulmer