Scorers: Tom Freeman x3 Josh White
MoM: Tom Freeman
DoD: Captain Inabsentia
It’s funny what happens when a team starts to become more settled and there’s no need for introductions before the game. With Captain Wildman dropping out due to illness in the week there was a welcome return of JC to bolster defensive numbers.
After a couple of frustrating weeks where a winner could not be found, there was extra motivation to get back to winning ways and earn revenge for a narrow pre-season friendly defeat against the same team. Canterbury started on the front foot and were soon 2 up. The first diverted in from short range off a PC, the second again touched in from a matter of inches after a GK juggling act.
Ashford grew into the game and a resolute rearguard effort was eventually breached by a strong hit from range through the middle that was diverted into the corner. Minutes later Ashford thought they had drawn level, but much to their bemusement the goal was correctly ruled out after a belated umpire consultation. A stunning last-ditch block on the line from JC after more Ashford pressure saw the half end 2-1.
The second half followed a similar pattern of long balls through the middle from Ashford countered by short passing and driving runs down the wings by Canterbury’s flyers. Another pacy attack down the right saw the 2 goal lead restored, a mishit shot at an open goal (for what should have been Tom’s hat trick) fell perfectly back to Josh to finish.
The jug wasn’t avoided for long however as a goalkeeping howler provided a walk-in to an unguarded goal.
Canterbury continued to dominate the midfield battle and the new young recruits showed more confidence by the minute.
It seemed to be heading towards a comfortable end to proceedings but with 10 minutes left on the clock and still no floodlights, the away side decided to walk off the pitch due to ‘bad light’. Fortunately after several efforts and much head scratching, the threat of the game having to be replayed was avoided, Chris saving the day and plunging AW2 into light.
Cold muscles and an important cup game the next day saw the youngsters return to the field to see off an Ashford onslaught. Composed heads and tight marking saw Canterbury through to an impressive and thoroughly deserved victory.
Up to 2nd in the table and good momentum for some tough top of the table clashes in the coming weeks.