2nd XI vs Eastbourne (Away) | 25 Jan 20

Won 3-0

Scorers: Ollie Ridge, Rich Keir, Michael Farrer

MoM: Nathan Redman

DoD: Gooding

Canterbury were still searching for their first win since the Christmas break after a tight affair against Old Georgians the previous week. An away day to Eastbourne was up for the 2s and the team decided the train was the best form of transport to the fixture at Saffron sports ground. Whilst this could be seen as a good team bonding experience, Nathan and Craig were quick to show that spending too much time together can do quite the opposite. Across the carriage from the bickering was a more measured group playing cards and relaxing before a big game.
Once the team had arrived to Eastbourne HC they were forced to wait on three senior figures including el capitano Dunn who just made push back with minutes to go.
A quick warm up and chat by the skipper concluded by ‘do the good things we did last week’ was all the team needed and they produced a ruthless display of possession and pressing resulting in 3 quick fire goals from Fazza, Rich Keir and Ollie Ridge. The 3 goals in twenty minutes allowed the team to settle and maintain possession which frustrated the opposition.
Eastbourne were showing resilience throughout and the 2s were forced into defending some sharp counter attacks, but with some confident keeping by MOM Nath and the experienced defence ‘mopping up’ play, the team were able to hold onto the 3 points clean sheet.
A promising game for the team who were able to weather storms and dominate possession throughout the 70 minutes. Special mention to Laz who was on the receiving end of a glowing review by one of the umpires.

MOM handed to Nathan Redman for a strong performance concluding with a clean sheet on the road.
DOD votes were shared out with many names in the hat but Gooding nicked it with a shot from close to the baseline.

Next up for the 2s are Sevenoaks at home with the team wanting to avenge their loss and maintain their impressive home record – 12:00 push back.