2nd XI vs Old Bordenians’s (Home) | 26 Oct 19

Won 3-1

Scorers: Rolfe, Dunn, Keir

MoM: T. Richford

DoD: C. Lloyd Hughes

Canterbury arrived on Saturday coming off the back of a disappointing performance the previous week away to Sevenoaks, however Canterbury were all feeling buoyed by the England rugby’s rampant performance earlier that morning against the Kiwis and were feeling up for a home match v Old Bords

With a stern but positive team talk delivered by skip Mr Dunn, coach Mr Laslett and team tactician Mr Richford Canterbury were all feeling up for keeping polo their fortress. Unfortunately the precedent of “whom was going to be in charge” was set very early on by the match day officials when a yellow card was shown within 5 minutes of push back for what can only be described as foot outside the 25. Oh well. The game progressed on with lots of lethargic half chances by Canterbury when they conceded a very soft penalty corner flick/scoop. Canterbury persisted with slow, sluggish attacking play and built pressure which eventually lead to Jack Rolfe getting them on the board.

Half time arrived and Canterbury spoke at length about what they felt needed to happen in the second half to turn it around.

With the second half getting under way with delays due to the umpire’s technology the teams very kindly offered to take over the officiating of the match themselves, alas this was not needed. Old Bords scored early on from a very dubiously awarded short corner taking them into a 2-1 lead. Canterbury didn’t lose focus and kept persisting with positive attacking play, the equaliser arrived with 10 minutes left on the clock. Canterbury persevered with trying to link positive, fast play however the frustrations of the first half and the previous week continued. Canterbury had already had 11 short-corner opportunities which were frustratingly disjointed, however with 2 minutes left on the clock Canterbury were awarded their 12th and Del Keiro stepped up and slotted it passed their keeper.

On reviewing the match stats Canterbury had the majority of possession, field position, short corners and opportunities in the D, however Old Bords proved a tough and resilient team who were hard to break down. An improvement from last week’s performance however plenty of work still to do before a tough away fixture at Wimbledon next week.