Scorers: J. Miller Hastings (3), A. Dunn, C. Slade
MoM: J. Miller Hastings
DoD: A. Dunn
Autumn is upon us, but for 70 minutes on Saturday the sun shone on a new look Canterbury 2nd XI as they comfortably dispatched Horsham 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, 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 and Horsham were greatly improved from our previous meeting, retaining the ball well in the early stages albeit without really threatening.
After twenty minutes the home side took the lead and then struck again, both times through Jamie Miller Hastings. The debutant would go on to complete a well taken hat trick, earning him man of the match. Horsham hit back before the break to reduce the deficit to one, but some words of wisdom from new coach Ollie Lumley were enough to get Canterbury ticking in the second half and take the game to 4-1, through Miller Hastings’ third and Andrew Dunn’s experienced finish.
Horsham refused to lie down and continued to press, whilst Canterbury entered unfamiliar territory – 55 minutes in and yet to play with only ten men (Luke Kennedy had actually tried to make sure we started the game with 12 men). Faz duly saw to this anomaly and had his customary sit down for five, but it mattered little.
With five minutes to go Horsham scored to make it 4-2, before Slade finished with a shot that wouldn’t have looked out of place leaving a bunker at Whistling Straights. A messy finale saw the game finish 5-3, but the result was comfortable for the men in green and white.
A spread of honourable mentions for man of the match reflected the number of good performances, but a hat trick on debut is hard to look past. Remarkably DOD was also a landslide and awarded to Andrew Dunn who, as usual, was just trying to do the right thing. BL (Before Lumley), no one would have dared vote the skipper DOD, but times have changed and now selection doesn’t hinge on being nice to the captain, confidence among the group has grown. I don’t like it and if this is how it is going to continue, we will not have a coach by Christmas.
Lewes away next week if we can fill up our cars. The Sussex side are always a tricky proposition, but then in this league all games on the road are.
P.s. If you see this man, beware, any chance he gets he will rat on you.