MoM: Toby Vaughan
DoD: Hamish Roberts
On Sunday, the first team travelled to Reading for their second away game of the season. Facing off against a newly relegated Reading side with a point to prove was always going to be a tough task but with the momentum of three wins behind them, there was an optimistic mood – even a plea for an iron and soggy shirts couldn’t dampen the atmosphere… although some people may have creased up on first sight.
The game started quite positively, with Canterbury getting a fair share of opportunities on the break which just didn’t quite materialise into clear cut chances. Reading also had their share of opportunities in a relatively even seventeen and a half. In the final minute, they were however able to make a break through, squeezing the ball through the corner defence to make it 1-0.
Things continued in the same vein into the second quarter, with both teams feeling each other out rather than taking big blows at one another. Assured performances from youngster, Ben Young with the support of Toby Vaughan helped reduce any first half possession from the Reading team to nothing more than that.
After the break, the experience and fitness of Reading told, inviting Canterbury to play into the midfield before successfully breaking down play with a series of heavy challenges which didn’t allow the boys in green and white to build any rhythm.
In a mad five minutes, Reading managed to mount three counter-attacks as Canterbury looked to chase the game, converting each quickly stretching out a 4-0 lead. By this point, the result seemed to have got away from Canterbury yet the fight was still there to give a strong account of why they were unbeaten going into the game.
Although nothing more than a penalty corner came from their efforts, there was no doubting the heart shown. Reading were able to add two extra goals in the final quarter as the game got increasingly stretched and CHC went hunting for a consolation.
6-0 is a seemingly damning result, however in a rather reflective de-brief, the boys were quick to all buy into this being the kick up the proverbial rear for training this week to come back and get back to winning ways against Oxford next weekend.
In regards to the voting… Toby’s text book performance of ‘Toby Vaughan – Composure’ at the back won him MOM (book dropping just in time for Christmas) but it was Hamish who split opinion with his footwear choice.
A rather eye-catching pair of pink rebook classics was definitely a bold choice after losing 6-0 and a move that some could argue was MOM-worthy rather than DOD (although most sided with DOD) – but he enjoyed the exposure regardless!