Men’s 4th XI vs Cliftonville 1s (Away) | 09 Oct 21

Won 5-2

Scorers: Chris Podd x2, Hugh Thompson, Hugo Corteen-Coleman, Ali Scott-Kilvert

MoM: Hugh Thompson

DoD: –

Canterbury 4’s unbeaten start to the season continued with a convincing away win over Cliftonville’s first team. The home side being so distraught, they failed to turn up to their own clubhouse for post match teas.

Early pressure from Canterbury paid off, with Podd being allowed to drift unchallenged from the top of the D to the penalty flick spot before slotting home.

Ali Scott-Kilvert who was a constant livewire throughout helped himself onto the score sheet with a composed finish off a short corner at the back post. Before, Cliftonville scored two dubious goals in quick succession, however, Canterbury’s dominance was not to stopped, with on the stroke of half-time, a good team move assisted by Podd flicking to the back post for Hugo Corteen-Coleman to finish with aplomb, courtesy of a fine overhead strike.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, Hugo and Ali upfront, constant thorns in Cliftonville’s side. Leading to Ali winning a penalty flick. Up stepped Hugh Thompson who was once more imperious in defence, top-left, 4-2.

The engine room of Chris Ellis, Shane Godwin and Alan Carter was on point. Callum Conlon’s distribution from the back was delightful, and Ed Matthews and James Panayides were as ever very reliable. Add a couple of clutch saves from Andy Howard, and it was a terrific team performance with the bare 11.

There was just enough time for Podd to collect himself another- typical goal-mouth scramble that he lives for.

We welcome Tunbridge Wells 2’s to fortress Polo next- 12pm pushback on the show pitch. Big crowd expected.

Squad: Podd (C), Conlon, Scott-Kilvert, Matthews, Ellis, Corteen-Coleman, Godwin, Carter, Panayides, Howard, Thompson