Ex­tra-spe­cial Bearsted just four wins from Wem­b­ley

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Sub­sti­tute Peter Wil­liams scored twice – in­clud­ing an ex­tra-time win­ner – as Bearsted reached the last 32 of the FA Vase on Satur­day. Bears were out on their feet after con­ced­ing an 89th-minute equaliser against Steyning but dug deep and won 3-2. A crowd of 181 – the big­gest of the sea­son at Honey Lane – saw Bears trail to a Liam Hunter goal after two min­utes. David Bara­nowski equalised on 32 min­utes and Bearsted looked to be head­ing through in nor­mal time when Wil­liams made it 2-1 on 82 min­utes. Steyning hit back with Ryan Timms’ last-gasp equaliser, but Wil­liams set­tled the tie in the 106th minute. Bearsted man­ager Kevin Stevens said: “It’s ex­cit­ing to be through to the last 32. I can’t be­lieve it. “We had a few play­ers car­ry­ing knocks and get­ting cramp and we thought we’d strug­gle in ex­tra time. “They were the bet­ter side in the first pe­riod but we came out strong in the sec­ond. I wasn’t sur­prised with the boys’ at­ti­tude but we had two or three se­ri­ously strug­gling to stay on the pitch. “We said be­fore the game to have no re­grets. They dug deep and were su­perb. I’m proud of them.” Stevens de­cided Wil­liams wasn’t fit enough to start, but the striker showed his qual­ity after be­ing in­tro­duced around the 70-minute mark. The Bears boss said: “He’s had a cou­ple of knocks re­cently so I was re­luc­tant to start him, but he came on and scored two fan­tas­tic head­ers. “He re­minded me he should have started but with his nig­gles it’s im­por­tant to nurse him.” Bears have been drawn at home to Com­bined Coun­ties League Abbey Rangers, with the tie due to be played on Jan­uary 5. They’re just four rounds from the fi­nal at Wem­b­ley. Stevens said: “We said Steyning was our cup fi­nal and now we’ve got an­other. “We’re four wins from Wem­b­ley and you just never know.” K Sports sur­vived a late scare to win 3-2 at Glebe in the Premier Divi­sion. Sam Stace (2) and Matt Gething were on tar­get but Peter Clarke scored twice in added time for the hosts. Sports host Rusthall this Satur­day, while Bearsted go to Hol­lands & Blair. Sn­od­land’s Divi­sion 1 game at FC Elm­stead was post­poned due to a water­logged pitch. They visit Stans­feld this week­end.

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