Tonight saw Sidcup’s 2nd team battle it out with a relatively strong Beckenham 5 team in the Fuller Cup. Beckenham arrived at the Hurst Community Centre with an over-strength side and conceded a half-point penalty before the teams had tossed for colours. But that half-point turned out to be insufficient compensation as the visitors punctured the Sidcup defences. Beckenham’s prolific top board, Alan Fraser, who played more long-play than anyone else in the country last season, made short work of captain Keith Thompson to give the away team an early lead. That was soon followed by wins for Fred Williams over Ian Reeve and Geoff Kelsey over Dennis Halton – Dennis running into problems with Old Father Time. It was left to Leon Hopkins to salvage Sidcup’s pride as he eventually pushed over Mike Spencer in a closely fought game.
The 2nd Team are back in action next week when they face Lewisham 5 in another thrilling Fuller Cup match.