Despite the miserable evening, laced with horizontal rain, the Polo Farm bought a buzzy anticipation ahead of another exciting Saturday Night Lights show. In a scrappy start to the game, neither team really took a grip of the game. Teddington had the share of possession but despite their time with the ball, failed to really test Nathan out in goal, helped in part by the Man of the Match performance from Toby Vaughan. A couple of short corners were kept out by a stoic Canterbury defence, but other than a few half chances at both ends, neither team stamped their authority on the first half.
The second began with some improved possession from a brazen Canterbury, playing into midfield despite strong tackles and the team managed to mount some more telling attacks. A couple of good opportunities for Cal Brown-Lea fell either side of a plethora of Teddington short corners that again, Nathan’s defence kept out well, however neither side could find the net. The theme continued throughout an increasingly frustrating game for both sides until the damning point for Canterbury. Successive cards for Tom Bean and Vaughan proved to be the crack that allowed Teddington to squeeze through to take the lead via another penalty corner.
A rallying final 10 minutes had Canterbury again coming close through two scrappy corners, a good opportunity for Bean and a big call for a penalty stroke, but the cries from the partisan crowd were to no avail. As the final whistle went, with Annand poised to shoot on top of the circle, Canterbury could justifiable feel a small sense of unjust with how the rub of the green fell; but result aside, coaches Boyne & Bunyan were left encouraged by the performance from a young group missing key figures.
A weekend off gives those with injuries a chance to recuperate and return, ready for a trip away to Havant on the 10th.
A thanks also goes out to all that supported the 1XI’s Oktoberfest fundraiser on Saturday night and made it a great night had by all.