Scorers: A. Hooker, B. Thomas x2
MoM: Trigger for keeping us in the game when we had lost our way.
The O50s turned up, trussed up, ready to face a miserably cold game, but then found the sun came up to give us reasonably decent weather… result! Canterbury started ok and despite some disjointed hockey scored from their first PC with Ash Hooker deftly following up the initial strike to flick the ball over the keeper for 1-0. Unfortunately this seemed to galvanise Holcs who proceeded to press us very effectively for the rest of the half, resulting in numerous turnovers and some poor hockey from Canterbury. Despite Trigger making multiple quality saves, Holcs equalised and then went ahead before half time from an (undisputed!) penalty stroke. Captain Les then made a change of formation at half time which meant Canterbury then started to have better control of the ball from the back and were able to build more effective attacks. We equalised from some nice interplay down the left which left Barry free at the top of the D to crack a strong strike into the far corner. Good pressure then led to a turnover in midfield and, from some quick passing down the right, Barry hit a first time strike to take the lead. Canterbury continued to play better hockey for the remainder of the half, but couldn’t put the game to bed with Barry obviously in joug avoidance mode! Some Holcs half chances were snuffed out by the defence and Trigger to see out the game safely.
A 3-2 win was a decent result, but the first half showed us that we will need to be focused and play better if we want to progress much further.
Thanks to Andy Mair and Andy Hurst for umpiring and the ladies for the Teas