Beckenham Town 2-3 Canterbury City
Wednesday 5th December
We went into this midweek clash hoping to build on our cup success at Croydon a couple weeks back but were well aware that Canterbury would be up for it having lost their last six league games.
We lost Shameek Farrell early in the first half due to injury. Richard Atkins was played through on goal and taken down by the defender behind but the referee controversially waved the penalty appeal away. Despite the early setbacks Jesse Darko gave us the lead in the 24th minute dispatching confidently one on one with the goalkeeper.
Canterbury equalised a little over 10 minutes later as Jordan Casey rolled the ball into the bottom left corner assisted by Leroy Hlabi’s byline run and pull back. Becks had a great chance to take the lead just before half time but it was blocked well by the Canterbury player to keep it all square at the break.
It was a tough opening to the second half with both sides getting chances but Jordan Casey got his second of the match as he picked up a loose ball by the left corner flag and proceeded to cut inside and bend one into the far corner while the Beckenham defence just stood off him. We thought we had equalised again with a near post cross but was somehow ruled out for offside despite the attacker arriving late and having to run past the defender to get to the ball.
Becks did get their equaliser in the 69th minute through a Richard Atkins penalty which was smashed into the top right giving the keeper no chance. From then on it looked like Beckenham would take all three points laying siege on the Canterbury goal but then the sucker punch came in the 89th minute with a through ball to Jordan Casey on the counter attack who put the ball under the keeper to get his hat trick and the win for his side.