Scorers: Barry Thomas
MoM: Simon Triggs
DoD: Steve (Sports Direct Bag for Life Promoter) Laslett
Canterbury travelled on Sunday to Epsom for their last 16 match against a side with a good Masters pedigree, but buoyed by the return of Steve Laslett from his self-imposed retirement from hockey and the debut at this age group of Mark Hollingworth (Ollie). Epsom started strongly and Canterbury struggled to get hold of and retain the ball, but we managed to stay in the game with some good saves from Trigger in goal and solid defence against PCs. Eventually we found some structure and started to hit a very high pressing Epsom regularly on the break via Barry Thomas, Ashley Hooker, Kev Miller and Ollie. Unfortunately nobody had their finishing boots on and we had a catalogue of missed chances including firing over the top from 5 yards, rounding the keeper and pushing the ball wide from 2 yards and hitting their keeper in his crotch when the goal was wide open … so the game remained scoreless at half time. The second half was a similar experience, with Canterbury exerting more control but both sides still creating chances and not taking them. Canterbury eventually scored through a crash ball into Kev Miller near the byeline who deflected the ball (slowly) towards the goal, only for the Epsom keeper to decide to leave it and then watch the ball trickle onto the post and sit up for Barry to dive flamboyantly and score from 5 inches away. Epsom continued to press and had several more PCs but the defence of Captain Guru, Paul Congerton, Paul Sharrett and Nick Scott Kilvert / Jon Wild together with Trigger held firm to see out the game. A good solid team performance with everyone rotating well – we are now into the last 8 of the Cup!