Men’s 2nd XI vs Horsham (Away) | 15 Jan 22

Lost 3-2

Scorers: A. Laslett x2

MoM: A. Laslett

DoD: N. Buckingham

Canterbury 2s were welcomed back from their Christmas break with a cold trip down to Horsham for a morning push back. However there was no excuse for a slow start, as the team were told to assume individual responsibility for their preparation in the coach’s game plan as he channelled ancient wisdom.

Having beaten Horsham comfortably in the first game of the season, the opposition’s results had improved dramatically since then so the boys were expecting a tough challenge. The first half was an even encounter with both sides creating chances and Canterbury producing some flowing hockey but were unable to capitalise in front of goal, without any corners won either. Horsham, on the other hand, were able to convert 2 (dubiously won) corners to head into the break 2-0 up.

Canterbury felt they were still very much in the game at half time and came out for the second half full of confidence – this was somewhat dampened as a cheap turnover allowed the Horsham forward an opportunity to score a well-finished lob over the onrushing Rowney.

With a mountain to climb, Canterbury continued playing their hockey and started to pile on the pressure. Horsham had a few more chances but the 2s international goalkeeper kept us in the game with some smart saves. As time was ticking away, the pressure started turning into corners and, after a couple of misfires, Canterbury decided to turn their back on their regular corner flicker in favour of youthful vigour. It paid dividends immediately with Alex Laslett converting two quick corners out of two attempts, giving Canterbury the last 5 minutes to find the equalising goal.

A final corner as the full time whistle was blown gave Alex Laslett the chance to cement his place in 2s history by completing his hat trick, but alas, it was fired wide of the right post. Perhaps his Friday night endeavours may have finally caught up with him in the 71st minute.

Despite the loss, positive signs from a side that has struggled for consistency in recent outings with a big game against Lewes at Polo next week.

Squad: E. Rowney, A. Dunn, C. Lloyd-Hughes, S. Coode, M. Farrer, H. Corteen-Coleman, N. Buckingham, A. Laslett, C. Slade, J. Pebble, J. Miller-Hastings, P. Brookson, C. Figgis