Men’s 1st XI vs Brighton & Hove HC (Home) | 27 Feb 22

Won 5-1

Scorers: Bean x2, Taggart, Laslett, Annand

MoM: Alex Laslett

DoD: Ronan Taggart

A bright sunny day at Polo Farm brought the crowds as the first team hosted Brighton HC.

The game got underway swiftly with Canterbury hitting the ground running as Cal Brown-Lea caused some chaos amongst the Brighton defence who must have soon had flash backs of the fast start and 8-0 drubbing earlier in the season.

Cal soon won Canterbury a penalty corner of which Tom Bean dispatched into the customary bottom corner to take an early lead.

Minutes later, Josh Prebble hassled this time to win the ball high and drive towards the circle before being chopped down to earn another. This time Bean looked high to find the net – 2-0 in the first quarter.

With Coach Bunyan backhandidly complimenting the two goals with his customary wit at quarter-time, the second continued in much the same fashion with Canterbury carving out a multitude of chances.

To no avail, they came and went and at 2-0, Brighton continued to possess a threat. A driving run through the middle on the counter was quickly snubbed out by Matt Carney with his customary ‘make it all about something crude’, using his nether regions to stop it – a story I’m sure he will be using to twirl some ‘friends’ in Chemistry this week…

We digress. Half-time came with the scores still at 2-0 and the second-half started well with the ball falling to Ronan Taggart to get his third in as many games with a poachers finish to knock home.

However, Canterbury managed to relinquish some control and Brighton were able to grasp a goal back with a penalty corner of their own to give some hope.

This instead shifted the second placed team into another gear and in the fourth quarter, a fourth and fifth were added.

The fourth came signed, sealed and rubber-stamped from the infamous Polo manufacturing line with Dan Gent wonderfully threading a ball into the circle for Alex Lastlett to jump in front of his man and with the deftest of deflections, send the ball high into the roof of the net… a goal on your home debut, in front of a packed Polo – simpleh loveleh.

Conor Annand added the last with Bean finding space out wide to pass onto Annand in the circle who found the backboard with a true strikers finish – with an impressive nine goals in what’s been a stand-out season for him, people might just be thinking ‘ok maybe, just maybe he is a forward!’

By the end of the day, news filtered through of another loss for promotion rivals Reading, who now sit level on points with Canterbury at the top and with Bath lurking two behind, there are set to be some huge games in the run in to the end of the season, starting with Southgate away next week!

Squad: Chris Rea, Tom Richford, Toby Vaughan, Matt Carney, Craig Boyne, Tom Bean, Thomas Degiovanni, Miles Coode, Dan Gent, Conor Annand, Ronan Taggart, Cal Brown-Lea, Josh Prebble, Alex Laslett