Scorers: Tom Izzard (2), Michael Farrer (2), Chris Laslett
MoM: Dan Gent
DoD: Chris Slade
Autumn is upon us, but for 70 minutes on Saturday the sun shone on a new look Canterbury 2nd XI as they comfortably dispatched Sevenoaks in their first league game of the season.
Welcoming a number of new faces to the side, there was cause for optimism with the trademark blend of youth, experience and some of the captain’s mates forming the squad of 14, though on this occasion there was no need for nepotism with every player putting in a strong showing.
Understandably it took a while for the 2s to click. We didn’t realise that Jake Ling had left the club a defender and returned a striker; that Josh Izzard had a younger brother who was taller than him and played up front, or that Chris Slade runs around everywhere but has only 10% vision due to an abundance of hair atop his head. Sladey’s lid can only be by design as his wife is a hairdresser and we wait to see if a trim will help him to see better, or if like Samson, he will lose his power.
After twenty minutes the home side gelled (maybe something Sladey should consider for next week) and from there on it was one-way traffic – by half time Canterbury were four goals to the good. Tom Izzard had scored on debut, Michael Farrer had dispatched two penalty corners and Chris Laslett had bamboozled the ‘keeper to slot from the baseline. This was particularly satisfying for Lazza, who during lockdown has spent up to six hours a day working on his body fake, a real success story of the furlough scheme.
A Sevenoaks comeback seemed unlikely, but nothing could be taken for granted and so more of the same was requested from Canterbury for the second period. Although the visitors enjoyed a bit more pressure after the break, it didn’t amount to a shot on target and Chris Sharp was left with very little video footage for his A Level coursework. Tom Izzard added his second but both he and Faz tactically avoided registering hat tricks, behaviour which will be heavily punished when Teamo develops a fines function.
A spread of nominations for man of the match reflects the number of good performances, Fazza, Lazza and Lloydy all with honourable mentions. However, Fazza’s protégé, Dan Gent was industrious, combative and creative throughout and deservedly received the majority of the squad’s vote. DOD was equally closely contested with no standout stupidity that anyone could remember. Debutant Luke Kennedy electing not to put his team in front with the goal at his mercy was noted, as was Bucks denying Lazza a second goal. It would seem harsh to award it this week though, but that is how we roll and so it goes to Sladey for trying to kneecap one of the opposition – again we can only assume this is down to his impaired eyesight.
Old Williamsonians away next week in another Kent derby. Old Willys won their first game thanks to four goals from ex-Canterbury striker Harry Roberts and will be a tricky proposition, as all games on the road in this league are.