Men’s 1st XI vs Sevenoaks (Away) | 12 Feb 22

Won 3-2

Scorers: Annand x2, Bean

MoM: Chris Rea

DoD: Chris Rea

The first team headed to Holly Bush Lane on Saturday evening, treated to a wealth of luxurious space to change in in the bowling club – stark contrast to the usual local loo’s normally afforded to them!

The game got going under the lights with Sevenoaks patiently maintaining possession without really penetrating.

Canterbury managed to grow into the first quarter and left much the happier having had a few good chances and a penalty corner come crashing off the post after a smart scar from the Sevenoaks goalkeeper. Despite their chances, the scores remained level.

In the second quarter, Canterbury continued their mature performance to take the lead with Conor Annand, fresh from barbers, notching up his first of 2022. A second for him and team swiftly followed as Conor looked to square the ball but ‘smartly’ found a Sevenoaks defenders stick which duly did the hard work for him – Twas one you expect to see in one of those Channel 5 Top 100 Sporting Gaffes around Christmas time… Conor claims instead claims it was a fantastic finish.

There was a sense of cruising into half time, 2-0 ahead and somewhat comfortable, but Sevenoaks soon gave a timely reminder that they carry a big danger. Two later penalty corners for the home team was not enough to pull a goal back, but enough to give Canterbury a needed spark to keep them alert.

As the second half started, Sevenoaks rallied and came out the stronger as Chris Rea managed to organise his troops to snub out the danger until the resistance broke. A turnover in midfield and a quick crash ball into the circle left Chris stranded as the Oaks forward tipped it round him into the very corner of the goal.

Only minutes had passed until the ball was in the back of the Canterbury net again as the defence parted, leaving a sole forward in the circle to put one past keeper Rea with aplomb. 2-2 in no time.

Canterbury showed how have developed as a team and soon began to grapple back the momentum and soon found themselves in the ascendancy again.

Their high pressing approach soon reaped rewards as Tom Bean went hunting and won the ball high up the field to slip it to Dan Gent who smartly won a penalty corner. Bean went on to convert and reestablish the Canterbury lead.

A flurry of late corners for Sevenoaks was no match for the Canterbury defence with Chris Rea again dominating in the net to keep it at bay and secure an all important win.

With leaders Reading losing, the deficit is down to six and has some thinking ‘just maybe’ as the season gets into the business end.

Oxford Hawks away awaits next weekend.

Squad: Chris Rea, Tom Richford, Toby Vaughan, Matt Carney, Linus Zillmer, Craig Boyne, Thomas Degiovanni, Tom Bean, Dan Gent, Miles Coode, Ronan Taggart, Conor Annand, Cal Brown-Lea, Jamie Tritton