Men’s 7th XI vs University of Kent 1s (Away) | 26 Feb 22

Won 3-1

Scorers: Jonny Devereaux, Brendan Hogwood, Josh White

MoM: Chris Goulden

In a rare moment of available time, a match report from the 7s has materialised! This might been inspired by two wins in 2 weeks! Beating then second place Blackheath 2 weeks ago was a moment of joy… especially as we blew a 2 goal lead only to grasp a last gasp winner.

…. But today was truly satisfying! Up against top of the league Kent University 1s, a side full of pace and power we battled, we fought, we dig deep. It looked difficult, particularly after they opened the scoring with vicious top bins drag flick. But we held firm, tackled bravely, tracked runners and kept them from scoring more…. And we started making inroads, winning short corners, putting them under pressure more often. From one of these short corners Chris G unleashed a strong drag flick which the keeper parried and Jonny D pounced to equalise.

The second half followed a similar pattern, lots of quick UKC attacks that were broken up by a resolute Canterbury side. Everyone chipped in with strong challenges, timely interceptions and excellent marking, snuffing out every attack. It’s difficult to single out any one player, but special mention must go to Chris Goulden who was just awesome… strong in the tackle and with excellent distribution.

As the game progressed, UKC pressured more but we also started making inroads too, one of which resulted in Brendan putting us ahead after some good work by Jonny D. This resulted in more frenetic attacks from UKC. However, this only galvanised more robust defending. Yet again our willing strike force continued to harass the opposition, winning yet another short corner, which also yielded a goal from Josh… let us say it wasn’t his cleanest, purest strike… but when the ball hits the backboard, however much it might be deflected, the goal is awarded.

…. And there it is, we’re off the bottom of the league… and a match report has been submitted! What more can anyone wish for?🤣