Beckenham Town 0 Slade Green 0

Monday 23rd January 2006
A draw was enough to see Beckenham through to the knock out stage of The Kent League Divisional Cup, writes Ian Muir.

Manager Gavin Rose has in the past used this cup to rotate the squad and it was no surprise that after the physical exertions required to overcome VCD Athletic last week Rose again employed a spot of squad rotation to ensure his players maintained their freshness.

On paper a nil-nil score-line appears like a boring game, this match was far from it as the visitors constantly pushed forward and at times were matching the home side for skill.

However, poor finishing by both sides ensured that the score-line remained blank.
Beckenham began with their trademark of passing and keep-ball and carved out some clear-cut chances only to fall at the last hurdle.

To their credit the visitors who have normally visited Eden Park Avenue with a game plan of defending and attacking on the break, this week they were playing some very attractive attacking football and it was only the fine efforts of home keeper Tolfrey that prevented Slade Green going into the lead after 20 minutes.
As the game began to switch rapidly from end to end, Morris saw a shot blocked before Stewart drove the rebound just wide from the edge of the area.

Cheeseman playing wide on the left was constantly being shadowed by at least two defenders but still managed to put over some telling crosses.

While on the other flank Ellis Green was getting the same amount of attention, this restricted the home side as far as attacking was concerned but they constantly changed their style adapting well on the heavily sanded pitch.

As half time approached frustration began to get the better of the visitors resulting in a needless booking.
In the second period Beckenham made some early changes and Martin and Adeniyi replaced both Meeko and Cheeseman. This move began to pay dividends as Martin then Adeniyi broke from midfield nearly splitting the visitors open with some excellent quick passing.

Slade Green’s counter-attack was halted some excellent tackling by man-of-the-match Hudson.
With 20 minutes remaining on the clock Slade Green who needed the win went three at-the-back and seemed fired up at this point stepping up the pace.

Two corners were easily cleared and again a point blank header went inches wide.

In the last five minutes the visitors threw everyone forward but found the well-organised Town defence a wall that was clearly to much for them.
On the day a share of the spoils seemed a fair result for two evenly matched teams, Town having the better of the chances.
Beckenham Town now travel to Whitstable Town next Saturday in a Kent League match.

Meanwhile, their Surrey Senior Cup match against Leatherhead has been rearranged for Tuesday 31st January, kick off 7.30pm.  The game was originally postponed last Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch at Eden Park Avenue.
Beckenham. Rob Tolfrey, Aliy Kyezu, Errison Ahwan, Asher Hudson, Jay Roberts, Junior Kadi, Cedric Meeko, Ellis Green, Daniel Morris, Ohran Stewart, James Cheeseman.

Subs. Jake Daniels, Gavin Rose, Ryan Martin, Peter Adeniyi, Dean lodge.