Scorers: M Farrer (PC, PC)
MoM: A Dunn
DoD: M Farrer
Firstly well done to Nick Buckingham for setting up the electronic match report system. Having taken a knock to my hand on Saturday it would have proven difficult this week as ‘I can’t write left-handed’.
With a few senior players rested (Butcher and Miller-Hastings: muscular injury, Slade: temporary suspension) a youthful 2nd XI side lined up against Sevenoaks on a sunny afternoon in Canterbury. As the skipper pointed out in his prematch chat, this was a ‘lovely day’ for hockey.
Sevenoaks decided to sit back in a half court press for much of the first half which gave Canterbury plenty of time and space to knock the ball around. It wasn’t long before the Canterbury forwards could be heard shouting “Use me” and the midfield and defence started firing passes forward. Unfortunately most of the front line were suffering from ‘Grandma’s Hands’ and were struggling to collect the long range balls.
Despite not creating many shooting opportunities from open play, possession high up the pitch in dangerous areas led to the Sevenoaks defence committing fouls in and around the ‘d’ which resulted in a number of penalty corners for the home side. Michael Farrer eventually listened to Coach Lumley’s advice to go low and beat the Sevenoaks GK on his left hand side. Another demonstration if the tactical prowess that results in players telling coach Lumley they want to ‘make love to your mind’.
Charlie Lloyd Hughes, back from a week’s training camp in the Lake District, successfully showed off some of his new elimination skills to the point people on the side were asking, ‘Who is he?’.
The first half finished 1-0 and Canterbury made a little formation tweak for the second half to counter the lack of a Sevenoaks press. Of course we also discussed the requirement to get another goal and not let Sevenoaks get back into the game.
A bit more intensity from the away side, and a lack of ‘lean on me’ from any individual Canterbury player resulted in more pressure on the defence than had been seen in the first half. Despite Eddie’s best efforts, eventually Sevenoaks snuck a corner in to draw level.
This led to a slightly frantic closing period and Canterbury did well to avoid too many cards as Sevenoaks vegan to boil over. Again, more pressure was applied through penalty corners and despite not capitalising initially, Farrer eventually said ‘let me be the one you need’, and dispatched low to the GK’s right.
The second goal was enough to see Canterbury take the 3 points and Sevenoaks realised that despite the weather there ‘ain’t no sunshine’ at Fortress Polo.
Next week we travel on ‘Heartbreak Road’ (formally known as the A2) to take on a tricky Blackheath side.