2nd XI vs Epsom HC Men’s 1st XI (Home) | 31 Oct 20

Won 6-1

Scorers: Paddy Brookson (2), Chris Slade (2), Joshua Izzard, Nick Buckingham

MoM: Huw Stevens

DoD: Paddy Brookson

The 2’s headed into this week’s fixture knowing that it could well be their last outing as a team for the foreseeable future. The group gathered at fortress Polo looking to battle through the conditions and maintain their undefeated home record.

Despite a slow start, it became clear that Canterbury were the better side with great patience being shown from the back line, dynamic movement on and off the ball from the midfield and excellent link up play between the forwards. It took a little while for the goals to start to materialise, but after Paddy Brookson opened the scoring Canterbury seemed to find another gear. In fact it seemed at some points as though the only person who could slow Paddy down was himself as in a fit of rage he managed kick his own feet out from underneath him, fall to the ground and subsequently win the majority of DoD votes.

A steady procession of goals followed with Chris Slade and Josh Izzard making their way onto the scoresheet giving the boys in green and white a 3-0 lead at the half.

Captain Dunn called for better basics in the second half and the team delivered. Paddy added another to the scoresheet after a swift breakaway to make it 4-0. Despite this, Epsom were not to be deterred and continued to battle, finally finding their reward for standing outside in a storm as they snuck a goal past Chris Sharp who despite the difficult conditions made some excellent saves throughout the fixture.

This goal however only served to motivate Nick Buckingham to produce one of the best finishes the club will see this year. A goal that managed to bring the sun back out, a flowing move found its way to Nick on the right hand side of the circle by the baseline. Instinctively driving towards the net, he committed the keeper before lifting the ball over the keeper’s shoulder into the top right corner. When asked about this moment later, he identified that had he been able to shoot on his reverse the whole situation might have been a little more straightforward. To really push the result beyond any doubt Chris Slade grabbed his second in the dying embers of the game.

This was a landmark game for many reasons; Huw and Nick played their first fixture together in 14 years, it would prove to be the 2nd team’s final fixture for some time, Luke Kennedy became an eternal fresher, the Izzard’s continued to vote for each other for MoM and Michael Farrer didn’t get a card. A comfortable 6-1 win was definitely the sign off to 2020 the 2’s were hoping for and an indicator of the great talent this team possesses.

Squad: Paddy Brookson, Nick Buckingham, Andrew Dunn, Michael Farrer, Joshua Izzard, Tom Izzard, Luke Kennedy, Jake Ling, Chris Sharp, Chris Slade, Huw Stevens, Jamie Tritton