3rd XI vs Ashford 2s (Away) | 11 Sep 21

Won 7-1

Scorers: Harry Mcdonald, Josh Kitson, Andrew Hurst x3, Max Messenger, Chris Podd

MoM: Max Messenger

DoD: Andrew Hurst

First game of pre-season and an amalgamation of Grims and 3’s players, travelled away to Ashford Hockey Club in the perennial opener.

Canterbury took 15 minutes to assert their dominance before the floodgates opened. Playing a 4-2-4 formation, the crowd were thrilled by some entertaining build up play and if anything, the 7-1 scoreline flattered Ashford.

Alex Rydon anchoring the midfield, was reminiscent of a young Roy Keane. Tenacious in midfield, barely allowing a moments respite for the opposition. Ed Matthews was his usual reliable self in defence, partnered with Paul Crane spraying passes all over the park. Wingbacks Callum and Tyler have clearly spent the past 18 months in the gym, industrious in their exploits up and down the flanks. Former international Andy Howard, also pulled off a couple of “clutch” saves.

Canterbury’s fluid forward line of Josh Kitson, Zak Williams, Max Messenger, Andrew Hurst, Sammzi Bahrawy and skipper Chris Podd were at times impossible to contain.

Josh Kitson was electric on the wing, and scored a typical strikers goal-poach in the box. Max with undoubtedly the goal of the match, smoked two players, before roofing a reverse stick strike from practically the baseline. Harry showed Hursty how to take a drag flick, flicking it top right past the despairing keeper. Before Hursty stole the show with the “complete” hatrick- reverse stick, open stick, penalty flick.

With time running out, Hursty turned provider, showing true vision to instead of slipping to Podd for a tap-in, decided to flick over the keeper, Podd who it has been commented “could find space inside a sardine can”, rolled back the years with a burst of pace to sprint round the keeper and get on the end of the pass just before it crossed the line.

Grims take on Anchorians and 3s travel to Holcombe next up- more of the same please gents.

Squad: Podd (C), Hurst, Kitson, Williams, Rydon, McDonald, Crane, Bahrawy, Aitken, Matthews, Conlon, Messenger, Howard