Forrest Hill’s Paul Rhodes got off the first shot in anger but Aidan Gwilt pulled off a fine save and defences held firm until just before the half hour.
Bays won a corner, Leigh Kenyon’s cross was headed into the mix by George Suri, where Dan Peat, with back to goal, got off an overhead kick that left Forrest Hill keeper, Tamati Williams stranded, and Bays ahead 1-0.
Bays were still congratulating themselves when Forrest Hill drew level. The home side attacked from the kick off, the ball was not cleared and Kelly Escolme was on hand to head home the equaliser.
The ding dong battle continued until a minute before the break, when Mauri Wasi got the ball took off down the left flank, beat his marker and crossed the ball to an unmarked Stu Bola who made no mistake from right in front of goal.
The break over, it was Bays turn to catch Forrest hill napping. A long throw from Suri found Peat in space and he drove the ball into the top of the net to give Bays a 3-1 lead.
Forrest Hill hit back within four minutes. Bays gave away a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Sheldon Pillay’s drive was parried by Gwilt and Mike Halliday reacted quickest to score from the rebound.
The battle resumed with attack and counter. Gwilt saved from Mikael Munday and Williams saved from Peat as the midfields battled for possession.
Bays fourth goal will give Forrest Hill nightmares. A long ball found Peat who took off on a run, cut in and shot. The shot was fumbled between the keeper and his defenders, eluded all and rolled across the goal to a delighted Bola, who finished from close range.
Forrest Hill threw everything they had a Bays but the defence held firm although give a fright in the third minute of stoppage time when an Escolme header was just wide of the upright.
A real battle between two of the better teams in the league and one which will stand bays in god stead for upcoming games.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Suri, Edginton, Beguely Hitchin, Bresnahan (Estrin 72), Kenyon, Wasi (Barnett 84), Bola (Hyde 80), Peat
Scorers: Peat 29, 46; Bola 44, 77
Last Modified on 06/04/2010 10:22
Two free-scoring teams got together on a narrow pitch at Becroft Park and for the first twenty minutes cancelled each other out. There was lots of trench warfare, with attack and counter but the defences held and attacking moves were repulsed.