Scorers: R. Keir x2, Z. Williams
MoM: Richard Keir
DoD: Nick Buckingham
Having succumbed to a strong Wimbledon side last week, the 2nd XI returned to Polo Farm determined to hold on to their unbeaten home record against a potential banana skin in the form of Purley, 1 point above them in the league. Having acquired some new faces in recent weeks, coach Laslett and captain Dunn conducted a tactical awareness course prior to the meet to ensure nothing would be left to chance.
From the off, Canterbury put their newfound confidence with the press into action, forcing the opposition into some early stumbles. But once again, they failed to capitalise on their periods of dominance and the first half ended goalless.
It took some questionable umpiring decisions to kickstart the 2s into action in the second half, back-to-back green cards for Lloyd-Hughes and Keir the younger left the former proclaiming ‘you’ve made a mistake sir’ and the latter finally rediscovering the edge that had been lost since 27th July. At the next short corner, Keir the younger unleashed his fury with a straight strike into the bottom corner, followed shortly after by a Gretsky-style upright into an open net following some quick play into the D.
Purley then pulled one back leading to a nervy last few minutes before Ben the Youngest won a penalty stroke with a minute and a half left. Keir, despite being the flick taker and with the chance of a hat trick, handed the responsibility to Zak who slotted home with aplomb. Captain Dunn then implored the team to see out the last minute, which was promptly ignored conceding a corner and a resulting goal after the final whistle.
An improved performance from the 2s and maintaining their perfect home record by avoiding a slip up. Next week a trip to deep, dark Lewes to push up into the title challenge.