Men’s 1st XI vs Sevenoaks (Home) | 03 Oct 21

Drew 1-1

Scorers: C. Annand

MoM: C. Annand

DoD: M. Carney

For the second game of the first team’s season, we welcomed local rivals Sevenoaks to Polo Farm.

The first quarter was a strange one with Canterbury all but joining the crowd on the side line to watch Sevenoaks pass the ball around without much pressure, however despite their possession, they were unable to find a breakthrough.

In the second, Canterbury managed to get more of a foothold in the game to create some more menacing attacks earning a penalty corner, which was run down well by the defence.

Off the back of a said attack, Sevenoaks we’re able to break and with a brilliant splitting back-hand pass from their main playmaker, they were able to take the lead through former CHC indoor import, Ben Allberry at the second time of asking.

Buoyed by a better second quarter, Canterbury came out from half-time pushing for an equaliser with some silky manoeuvres from Tom Degiovanni in midfield being the main source of their attempts.

As Canterbury grew into the ascendancy, both teams became more forceful in attack and defence, leading to a couple of cards for both sets of players.

Then as time looked to be running out on the home team, another long searching ball from one of the more experienced players on the pitch created a moment of magic from birthday boy Conor Annand.

Tom Richford’s precision ball into the circle was met by Conor to deflect high into the roof of the net, giving him a story to bore the punters of the local bars with on his big birthday night.

To top of an entertaining game, the final few minutes of drama saw a corner for Sevenoaks squirm across the goal line before Canterbury counter attacked to win a last minute corner of their own.

Despite the crowd willing in another last minute winner against Sevenoaks, the purple defence held tight to prevent a ‘buzzer-beater’ and hold onto the draw.

Canterbury welcome Oxford Hawks to the Polo Farm next week where they hope to pick up their first three points of the season after a tough two opening games.

Squad: Chris Rea, Toby Vaughan, Tom Richford, Matt Carney, Linus Zillmer, Craig Boyne, Matt Burton-Bowen, Tom Degiovanni, Hamish Roberts, Tom Bean, Dan Gent, Conor Annand, Ronan Taggart, Callum Brown-Lea, Jamie Tritton