Late winner proves a bit­ter pill to swal­low

Faver­sham Strike Force

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

Faver­sham Strike Force suf­fered a fi­nal-minute “sucker punch” as they slipped to a 2-1 de­feat to Bex­ley in their Kent County League, Pre­mier Di­vi­sion clash on Satur­day.

The hosts started well at Sit­ting­bourne Com­mu­nity Col­lege and cre­ated the bet­ter chances as they took a deserved lead into half-time.

Tom Bar­ton will claim the goal but Kane Tay­lor’s fine ball into the area needed only the slight­est of touches to find the corner.

A more ex­pe­ri­enced vis­it­ing side was get­ting in­creas­ingly frus­trated with their te­na­cious op­po­nents but the Strike Force young­sters kept their heads ad­mirably in a highly-charged first half. Bex­ley hit back 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half to draw level, prompt­ing the hosts to dig in for what would have been a well-earned point.

It proved to be a heart-break­ing con­clu­sion for Gary Ax­ford’s men, how­ever, as Bex­ley broke on the counter-at­tack and found a 90th- minute winner with a de­flected shot.

Man­ager Ax­ford said: “The winner was a real sucker punch and the boys didn’t de­serve to come out from that match with noth­ing to show.

“It was an­other learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them but I’m sure they will be feel­ing hard done by.”

Pic­ture: Les Biggs

Whit­stable’s Char­lie Smith is stopped in his tracks by Bearsted keeper Scott An­drews at the Bel­mont on Satur­day

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