Football: Tunbridge Wells struggle against Bearsted – and weather

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TUNBRIDGE WELLS struggled to cope with adverse conditions as they slipped to a rare home defeat in Southern Counties East League Division One.

The Wells were looking to reverse their 1-0 loss at the beginning of the season but they soon found themselves behind.

James Berry-Sadanha beat Greg Skinner for pace in the fourth minute and planted the ball firmly out of the reach of Cameron Hall in the Wells goal.

Twenty minutes later Matt Gomes scored with a long-range shot from outside the penalty area to put the visitors two up.

Harrison Carnegie managed to reduce the deficit seven minutes before half-time.

But the lively Jake Beecroft could not cope with the wet pitch and was substituted by manager Jason Bourne for the second half.

With the pitch deteriorating further, neither side managed to launch any meaningful attacks after the interval and there was no addition to the scoreline.

Over 320 supporters defied the conditions, to keep up the Wells’ record of being the best supported club at this level.

Tunbridge Wells are away to Canterbury City at the Salters Lane Stadium in Faversham on Saturday [February 16, kick-off 3pm].


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