So near, yet so far – but a Berry good try
FORMER Bromley star Neil Berry saw his son Tom fall just short of following in his footsteps and reaching the Men’s National Cup final, but he insists the class of 2017 can still hold their heads up high.
Back in 1989, Berry was lining up for Bromley in the Cup final, one they lost to Old Loughtonians with both teams inside the top six of the top division at the time.
A lot has happened since then, with Bromley merging with Beckenham in 2005 and now plying their trade in the South Premier Division One.
Despite that being the third tier of English hockey, they gave Canterbury a good fight on Sunday with two Will Heywood goals sending the Premier Division side through to the final, where they will face Reading.
But despite the loss Neil believes Tom and his team-mates did the club proud.“Goals win matches, corners win matches, if you don’t get your chances and put them away you don’t deserve to win, simple as that really,” Neil said. “But I don’t think Canterbury looked miles ahead of us in terms of leagues, certainly we weren’t outclassed.
“The pace definitely went up in the second half but we couldn’t create the chances, if you don’t do that then it’s the same old story.
“The pleasing thing is that they were not outclassed. Canterbury were fairly fortunate to not concede a goal. I think Beckenham should be quite pleased but disappointed they didn’t create chances.
“It’s just been tremendous excitement for the club really. This cup run has been what the club needs to buzz it up, that’s where club competitions come in in all sports.
“This is the highestprofile run we’ve had in ten years really and that’s been excellent.”
Good old days: Neil Berry (top)