The first of two Saturday fixtures this week, came in the Bill Manklow Inter Regional Cup at Crockenhill FC.
Crockenhill FC play at Wested Meadow, a ground which was used to house a barrage balloon in World War II, then was bought by Crockenhill FC. Since then the club have added a stand, clubhouse and dressing rooms. The ground was used as a location for the 2018 film about Non-League football “The Bromley Boys”, based on the book by Bromley Town fan, the late Dave Roberts.
Crockenhill FC play in the Kent County League Division One West, currently sitting in 12th place, with just two points from eight games.
Guru Nanak FC play in the same level of Kent football as Crockenhill FC but in the Central and East Division. The club were founded in 1965 by a group of students from the Punjab and the club is based in Gravesend.
The game opened to a wave of Guru Nanak pressure and on 20 minutes the deadline was broken when a penalty was awarded for a mistimed challenge in the Crockenhill area, which didn’t appear to have much contact. The penalty was despatched well, by Luke Collett, to put the away side 0-1 ahead.
Somewhat frustratingly Crockenhill had a chance for a penalty denied by the referee minutes later but as the half progressed there were few other chances, for the Crockenhill fans to shout about. Tyreece Bessley and Michael Shobande looked dangerous for the opposition.
A combination of the very wet pitch and great defensive cover from Nathan Lines, Casey Tucker and Harry Norman, kept them at bay. As a result, at the break the teams went in with the away side nursing a 0-1 lead.
In the 55th minute, some resilient passing under pressure from Tyreece Bessley, freed Luke Collett who fired home his second of the match, to put the away side 0-2 ahead.
On 70 minutes Tyreece Bessley headed the ball through for Samuel Shobande to slip the ball home beautifully.
There was just time, in the 85th minute, for Luke Collett to secure his hat trick and make the score 0-4 to Guru Nanak.
At the final whistle it was Guru Nanak FC who progress into the next round of the Cup. Crockenhill FC knew they had been outplayed today.