On Canterburys last league game before the winter break, they faced a tough opposition in Havant at home.
The first quarter was dominated by Havant, scoring from a turn over after 7 minutes to make the break through. Havant created some great chances through good play by their forwards, but Canterbury defended well and kept it to 1-0. Canterbury weren’t up with the races in the first quarter, but slowly grew in confidence as the quarter went on.
The second quarter was more evenly contested, with both teams creating chances. Although, Havant were clinical and scored 2 quick goals in the space of 6 minutes to stabilise their lead. Havant were controlling the game still, with Canterbury having periods of good play transferring the ball from side to side just lacking the final finish. End of the first half Canterbury 0- 3 Havant.
Canterbury came out in the third quarter much better and were in control of play. Canterbury created chances and moved the ball with good purpose. With Louis Ridge in particular doing well on the wing, eliminating players and creating chances. However, Havant counter attacked well scoring in the 43 minute, from a rare mistake by Faz, with both sets of players ending up in Canterburys goal along with the ball. Canterbury 0, Havant 4. Canterbury controlled the quarter, moving the ball well but with no final product.
In the last quarter both Canterbury and Havant
produced chances to score in a more open game. Canterbury had some well worked moves on the right from Connor, ending up in shots on goal but not really threatening the Havant keeper. Havant stretched the game well and had a number of attacks which Canterbury defended well, with Toby clearing up any loose balls at the back. Havant then scores their fifth in the 67 minute with a tap in at the back post. Canterbury 0- Havant 5.
Overall, Havant were the better team and deserved to get the 3 points. Canterbury had glimpses of good play, which they can take away as a positive. As well as good performances from Louis Rigde who constantly posed a threat and a good defensive performance in spight of the loss.
Squad: 1 Banditt (GK)
5 Vaughan (Capt)