Won 7 – 0
Scorers: Jimmy Laslett x 2 – Olly Curtiss x 2 – Tony Panayides – Jo Miles – Adam Watkins
Firstly apologies to our readers for such a long wait this season for reports from the Squires?! Although a very generous score line put us all on a high and there was much clamour for some words to describe the game; this game actually fully deserves it.
Great team spirit, team-work and some moments of excellent hockey combined to see the Squires run out big winners and climb to second in the league.
Burnt Ash managed the awful traffic around Canterbury pretty well (something more than can be said about the skipper and the travelling shirts!) and started pretty well giving every indication this would be another competitive match in the league. However after only ten minutes Jim managed to squeeze the ball in from a very narrow angle on the left hand side of the goal. This was quickly followed by goals from Olly, Jim (again) and Tony (another crunching strike) which really deflated the opposition. All the goals were built from the back with passing hockey switching from side to side whilst the angle in was calculated. The bucket full of goals did everything to settle the side and allow all to play expansive and text-book hockey with rarely a foot being put wrong.
The Curtiss family slotted in really well playing their part in the construction of each goal using James in mid-field and the fine passing to Martin and Kyle who ran great lines and created space for the advancing midfield.
Elliot played his part with some good calling at the back and looking hugely confident whenever an attack came through.
The second half saw Burnt Ash show some spirit and their ambition was to not be uncompetitive. For fifteen minutes after the break they stemmed the tide of goals but had little ball to work with as the back four of David, Graham, Jo and James blotted out any attacks and simply released the mid-field and front two. Graham was also seen in the opposition half, at least twice!!
Olly managed another clever goal in the second half and even the skipper got in on the act at the end of a move touching almost every Canterbury stick on the way through. Jo concluded the game with a trade-mark flick from a short corner towards the end and a very comfortable afternoon.
Thanks go to Kevin and Phil for umpiring in good humour and spirit despite the weather!