Beckenham Town 1-1 Bearsted

SCEFL Premier Division

Saturday 6th April

For our last match before our Kent Senior Trophy Final we welcomed mid table Bearsted to the EPA. For us it was mostly just a last chance to impress ahead of the final while Bearsted still have aspirations to finish higher up in the table as we close in on the end of the season.

The match started with Bearsted on top for the majority of the opening 25 minutes with goalkeeper, Michael McEntegart keeping Becks in it, especially with an incredible reaction save after he parried a deflected shot onto the crossbar. We slowly worked our way into the match as the half went on however, just before the end of the half an off the ball incident was spotted by the linesman during a goal kick and Stefan Cox was given a straight red card. The second half was full of half chances for both sides as they looked to gain the upper hand.

A great clearance in stoppage time capitalised on Bearsted having thrown players up the field to search for their own winner. Richard Atkins latched onto the ball and ended his goal drought with a shot across the goal which went in despite the keeper getting a hand on it. However, that wasn’t the end of the drama as ecstasy turned to despair just a minute later. A free kick was awarded in the middle of the pitch immediately after Bearsted kicked off. They then took it quickly and caught Becks sleeping as Peter Williams took the ball all the way into the box and scored.

Even though the points were shared, it certainly felt more like a loss from a Becks perspective having taken the lead so late. Once again, we showed good character staying competitive throughout the match even with a man disadvantage, a resiliency that we have seen a few times in recent weeks. Despite the agony of conceding so late there are plenty of positives to take into our Kent Senior Trophy Final this Sunday against Chatham Town.

Match Report by Scott Bulmer