Men’s 2nd XI vs Blackheath & Elthamians 1s (Home) | 05 Feb 22

Won 2-1

Scorers: M.Farrer, E.Butcher

MoM: E.Rowney

DoD: Buck’s

This week saw the 2s welcome 3rd in the table Blackheath 1s through the apple pudding gates onto the hallowed Polo turf.

Both teams started brightly, but it was Blackheath who took the lead from an early short corner as the opposition’s fitness levels appeared to be peaking following an hour long warm up beforehand. Canterbury, meanwhile, knew that the game would be a marathon rather than a sprint and continued with the predetermined game plan. Canterbury built momentum as the half went on, with Laslett providing some attacking flair and penetrative runs from the midfield. The pressure told as a slew of short corners were won, giving Canterbury the opportunity to show off their wealth of attacking threat from the top of the D, but in the end it was the tried and tested Farrer showing the others how it’s done to slot the ball into the bottom corner to bring Canterbury level.

The first half continued to ebb and flow, with Canterbury seemingly in the ascendency. This proved to be the case as Butcher found himself galavanting forwards to make the most of a gap in the opposition 25, picking up the ball in space and smashing the ball into the back of the Blackheath net. Following a quick VAR check from the umpires, it was determined that neither umpire had actually seen Butcher and could therefore neither prove, or disprove Blackheath’s claims that his shot was closer to the 25 yard line than the top of the D – the goal stood and Canterbury went into the break with a deserved 2-1 lead.

The second half saw Canterbury’s short, sharp warm up paying dividends as the game stretched and legs tired. Opportunities came and went for both sides, and Canterbury soaked up late pressure from the Blackheath attacks, thanks in no small part to MoM Rowney and a string of excellent saves to quell the opposition’s hunt for an equaliser. Special mention also goes to Jain, making an assured and confident debut for the 2s as his meteoric ascendency through the club continues – although his post-match debut speech shows that we should continue to let him do his talking on the pitch, rather than off it. Further special mention goes to the whole of the 2s, who seem to struggle differentiating between voting for two players with the same surname, quite remarkable for a side that has seen a million Laslett’s over the years – must do better #buckinghambandwagon

Squad: S.Buckingham, C.Jain, H.Corteen-Coleman, C.Lloyd-Hughes, E.Butcher, A.Dunn, M.Farrer, C.Slade, A.Laslett, E.Rowney, P.Brookson, N.Buckingham