Ladies 3rd XI vs Sevenoaks 3s (Home) | 05 Feb 22

Won 1-0

Scorers: Cara Brogan-Jones

MoM: Cara Brogan-Jones

DoD: Alex Hooker

Once upon a time, it was a windy, cold but surprisingly sunny day at Polo Farm. After an unusual week of having more players than we knew what to do with, the Ladies 3 rolled up to AW2 ready to take on Sevenoaks Ladies 3s and the tardis-sized dugouts were at full capacity. Desperate to overturn the 5-0 loss at the away fixture, Canterbury went out hard and fast and looked to play attacking hockey and put pressure on the Sevenoaks defence from the whistle. However, the reality was there weren’t too many chances for either side – just a couple of penalty corners for both teams and some grumpy umpiring (they didn’t seem to appreciate our help with their decisions). A little ‘chat’ from the umpires at half time asking us to reduce the assistance being offered and a thorough team talk on what we needed to do meant the second half looked better. Canterbury started to transfer the ball quicker, keep possession and reduce the mistakes. Player of the Match, Cara Brogan-Jones started to take control of the middle and the ball was moving more effectively from the back to the midfielders, who all showed skill, strength and flair to get the ball quickly to the forwards, who piled on the pressure. Sevenoaks however kept everything out and we couldn’t get the ball over the line. Finally, after a penalty corner routine went a bit awry, Cara managed to find the backboard and get the goal we deserved. 1-0 to the Green & Whites! Nothing of any note occurred after the goal and there certainly wasn’t any green cards for unintentionally breaking down a one-on-one Sevenoaks attack outside the 25. (Ok, maybe there was and maybe DOD was awarded for said penalty, but I maintain my innocence, it was a complete accident, honest!). It stayed 1-0 so the 3 points went to Canterbury. Everyone lived happily ever after (except Sevenoaks!). The End. (A special thank you to Soak for doing the bench, it would have been crazy without you!)

Squad: Lizzie Forsyth, Trudy Bray, Alex Hooker, Freya Sonnen, Lorna Forbes, Yaz Carney, Evie Lewis, Tilly Corteen-Coleman, Irmak Kara, Cara Brogan-Jones, Moira Clewes, Vicky O’Sullivan, Ellie Johnson, Iona Lester, Gemma Luckhurst