Lost 1 – 6
Scorers: Olly Neal
Playing a side that top the league and have won 17 of the 18 matches they have played so far this season was always going to be a tough ask.
However, the game was remarkably even in the first half with The Millers linking up well and defending with aplomb. The visitors were clearly a little unnerved as the half wore on, which was aurally evident through their increasingly vocal complaints about one another and the decisions going against them. Indeed, The Millers 9 year old mascot-come-manager was able to report statistics on the use of profanity at half time; this further backed-up The Millers credentials as one of the most well-mannered teams in the league and also proved how much they were frustrating their opposition.
The only fly in the ointment, in an otherwise impeccable opening half, was a single goal conceded from a dubious penalty corner. The half time talk was optimistic though and Canterbury knew they just needed to stick to their guns and not chase the game – goals would come! The half-time prediction was to prove un-erringly accurate, in most respects, but was unfortunately vague about the crucial part: for whom the goals would come….
Regrettably, a lapse in concentration early on in the second half saw the visitors capitalise, to take a two goal lead, and then score again shortly after, to give themselves some breathing space. The Millers were able to respond and reduce the arrears to 3-1 through Olly Neal. However, as the home side continued to push forward, with all the intensity and impatience of a rush-hour commuter on the London Underground, inevitable gaps appeared behind them which Old Willy’s were able to exploit to good effect.
Not a good day for the home crowd. Indeed, perhaps anticipating the final score, many had chosen to leave before they’d even arrived.
Thanks go to Paul Spratt for umpiring.