Men’s 5th XI vs Tunbridge Wells 2nd XI (Away) | 06 Nov 21

Won 3-2

Scorers: Simon Buckingham, Stewart Kier, Chris Podd

MoM: Simon Buckingham

DoD: No one, we won!


After securing their 1st win of the season the week before at home the 5s were on the road this week to play the high flying Tunbridge Wells 2nd XI. Despite every road in Kent appearing to be closed or having a traffic jam everybody made it in time (even Brad!). Warm ups are overrated anyway and just serve to tire an ageing side out even more.

This lack of preparation didn’t seem to bother the side as we were quickly 2-0 up courtesy of Simon Buckingham with a neat deflection after some excellent work down the left. The lead was quickly doubled with Stewart Kier netting on debut, a career highlight I’m sure!

Confidence was high and the side were playing some of their best hockey all season. The interplay, particularly down the right, was proving particularly productive meaning we looked dangerous on attack. All calm at half time, an unusual feeling.

‘No need to rush anything’

‘Just keep the ball’

Were the messages from all at half time. Simple game hockey.

2 minutes into the 2nd half with T Wells pulling a goal back from a well taken short corner, in true Canterbury style – panic and possession turn overs were now the order of the day. The simple game turned complicated!

Despite the lead being halved we were still looking dangerous on attack and an excellent break away goal meant the 2 goal cushion was restored and all was serene again. The goal scorer can not be accurately identified as it’s gone to the Dubious Goal Committee, but who cares we were comfortable again, it remained that way until 4 minutes to the end as the opposition scored to make it 3-2. Special mention to Brad who pulled off a great 1 on 1 save to keep us in the front and that’s the way it stayed until the end and a winning away trip to Royal Tunbridge Wells, now the real battle began – how to navigate back to East Kent.

Honourable mentions to Bucks who secured MoM and the younger players – Charlie, Ethan and Harry who are getting stronger each week and help bring the average age of the side down significantly. Also thanks to our 2 new ‘managers’ Harry and Ethan’s dad who not only ferry their sons everywhere but now are the teams official ‘lucky charms’, see you next week Gents.

Can the side make it 3 from 3 as they entertain Gore Court at home next week?

Squad: Brad Brown-Lea, Harry Halle-Smith, Stewart Kier, James Rollins, Simon Buckingham, Charlie Jain, Ethan Aitken, Simon Downes, Ben Lawford, Stuart Forbes, Andy Ericson, Chris Podd, Alan Carter