Scorers: Chris Podd, Hugh Thompson
Canterbury 4’s stumbled to their first defeat of the season against a workman-like Tunbridge Wells side.
Canterbury pressed well in the first 15 minutes, and were rewarded for their pressure with Chris Podd intercepting a pass and scoring a reverse stick strike pass the goalkeeper. Unfortunately, after this Canterbury struggled to maintain a rhythm and a number of passes went astray.
Tunbridge Wells equalised early in the second half, before Canterbury won a short corner. Hugh Thompson stepped up and scored a good drag flick high, down the middle. However, Tunbridge Wells continued to dominate possession and shortly thereafter equalised to make it 2-2.
With practically the last play of the game, a Tunbridge Wells striker picked up the ball on the halfway line, seemingly with little danger to Canterbury’s goal. Shouts from defence of “hold the ball up”, confused the four Canterbury players surrounding the striker. Realising he was yet to be engaged, the striker spun round and carried the ball 50 yards with limited challenges, before “topping” the ball past Andy Howard in goal.
A rather sombre dressing room thereafter, Gillingham Anchorians next up, significantly better performance required.