Pilgrims vs Herne Bay (Away) | 15 Feb 20

Won 4 – 2

Scorers: Jake Smith, Dave Shelley, Emil Pederson and Alex Rydon

MoM: Emil Pederson

DoD: Zak Williams

Canterbury Pilgrims vs Herne Bay 1XI

Storm Dennis wasn’t going to stop the morale of the chaps as they ventured into Brad Lea’s “endz” for their most important game of the season: a win which would secure the first place spot just that little more.

A full team sheet of 14 players meant enough rotation for the midfield and front 3, of course the famous back line not to be rearranged or disrupted, the Grims set out to give it their all and in the words of the captain “leave nothing on the pitch”.

A solid warm up from Shelley put the boys straight into the zone and with the weather taking a break, it was game on. With the Grims keeping control of the ball and the pace of the game, chances seemed to show themselves. Jake Grealish Smith was the first to take a chance upon himself, to produce without doubt his best drag flick to date, caressing into the right side netting. Some may say he was holding the best flick back for when his dad came to watch for a must-win game. The momentum of the Grims increased after our first goal, which FINALLY lead to (can’t believe I’m writing his name down) Dave Shelley acrobatically tapping home the second of the game created from a fantastic assist from none other than Seth KDB Kante Coode. Another ‘finally’ moment came later on in the first half from our young left back Emil Pederson, scoring his first goal in the men’s league. And it was a rocket reverse into the left top bin. Again we thank the Dads for turning up, as we’re sure Emil had been saving this attempt on goal for when it mattered most. The first half ended 3-1.

Into the second half and Dennis decided to show up, which didn’t faze the Grims. Our more skilful lads, Harri Roblin and Dan The Den Gent, persisted on terrorising Herne Bay’s defence and creating more
and more chances that seemed to go begging. Unfortunately one person, I won’t name names, decided to put the pressure on Canterbury just a little bit more and help Herne Bay out by getting sent off for a “clean forwards tackle”. Rumour has it the player is blaming Storm Dennis for his actions. We can only hope this is the last of Storm Dennis.

The game became very stalemate for most of the second half, with chances from both sides being created until Alex Rydon deflected a well-worked and well-deserved move into the goal. With the score being 4-2 to the Grims and the game coming to an end it was clear how much the chaps wanted the win and, in all, deserved the win.

On another note, we say goodbye to midfield maestro Mr Jack Rolfe, who turned up and played exceptionally well. Also a massive thank you to the return of our very own Jurgen Klopp, Mr Giltrow. Wishing his devilishly handsome face and a speedy recovery. Onto next week back at the Fort Polo. Up the Chaps.

MOM – Emil
DOD – Dennis (Zak)

Squad: Brad Lea, Paul Crane, Jake Smith, Richard Wade, Emil Pederson, Tom Laslett, Alex Rydon, Seth Coode, Zak Williams, Dave Shelley, Ed Laslett, Harri Roblin, Jack Rolfe, Dan Gent