With the title resting on a Herne Bay victory and fourth place finish for Bay City, it was all to play for.
Both teams came out strong and it was Bay City who had the first chance with Pat forcing an early save from the Herne Bay goalkeeper. Three minutes in and it was Herne Bay who opened the scoring with a low long range shot leaving Lawrence with no chance of getting down to it. However, it was Bay City who kept the pressure on Herne Bay with plenty of possession and movement which saw Peter having plenty of attempts on goal, but nothing hitting the back of the net.
Once again it was Hernebay hitting the back of the net through a quickly taken free kick that managed to sneak through our defences that left Lawrence somewhat unsighted. Undeterred by this, it was Bay City who kept the pressure on Herne Bay with Peter hitting the post and forcing some good saves from the Herne Bay keeper. Shortly before halftime, Bay City managed to hit the back of the net, only to be disallowed for dubious infringement on a Herne Bay defender.
Despite the halftime scoreline, it was Bay City who had the most possession and opportunities.
The second half saw Bay City come out strong again and kept the pressure on Herne Bay with some good possession and movement in the opponent’s half. Unfortunately a counterattack from Herne Bay saw them hitting the back of the net through a well-executed move. Despite a couple of substitutions from Bay City and continuous pressure on our opponents, it wasn’t to be, which left Herne Bay grabbing the league title from Woodnesborough.
Congratulations to Herne Bay and well done to the Bay City Over 50’s for continuing to show that we are a force to be reckoned with despite several unlucky results. Although we didn’t finish where we wanted to in the league there has been plenty of positives which we can take into next season and hopefully a few additions to the squad.
Also, a big thank you to Dave and Jim for all the organising, patience, running around and support.