Corinthian 3-1 Beckenham Town
Corinthian 3-1 Beckenham Town

Beckenham Town crashed out of this years Kent Senior Trophy in front of 99 hardy souls who braved two torrential downpours to witness Corinthian’s 3-1 semi-final victory last Tuesday night.

It was a clash of the two sides currently sitting first and second in the SCEFL Premier Division table.

In sodden playing conditions following Storm Dennis, Becks appeared to have weathered the early pressure and were just starting to ease their way into the game when they fell behind. Good work down the right exposed left-back Archie Johnson and the resultant cross found unmarked Hoops forward Andres Tobon, who stooped to head home from a yard out, at the back post.

The goal stirred the visitors into life and just five minutes later left-sided attacker Steve Townsend equalised, picking up a clearance after a corner and rifling a firm shot through a crowded area and into the net . 

Goalkeeper Michael McEntegart had already made one good save when, with half-time imminent, Corinthian broke away to retake the lead. The Aussie shot stopper dashed off his line to trigger an effort that appeared to be heading just wide until Oscar Housego popped up and, from a difficult angle, re-directed the ball goal wards – right-back Jamie Brown’s desperate attempt to clear on the line only diverting the ball up into the roof of the net. 

Trailing again, Becks came out and were more than holding their own for the first thirty minutes of the second-half. With pressure and the corner count mounting it was an incredible save from home keeper Aidan Prall – who somehow stretched full length to claw a goal bound header out from under his crossbar – that proved pivotal. 

Always dangerous on the counter, Corinthian broke to add a third goal when Tobon thumped a shot into the top corner from the edge of the area just eleven minutes from time.

This weekend Beckenham Town travel to title rivals Sheppey United before hitting the road again next Tuesday with an away game at Deal Town as the race for promotion to Step 4 continues.

Corinthain 3

Andres Tobon 21, 79
Oscar Housego 45

Beckenham Town 1

Townsend 26

@ Gay Dawn Farm, Fawkham

Att – 99