Ladies 1st XI vs Isca and Exeter University (Away) | 12 Mar 22

Drew 0-0

MoM: Becca Smith

DoD: Kirsty Greaves

Twas a mild and sunny Saturday. The keen beans at the Travelodge arose from their 5* boudoirs to head for their Morrisons gourmet breakfast whilst the other half began the treacherous 5 hour journey to Exeter. With a squad of 13 (with 2 notable heroes stepping up from the 2s), Canterbury were primed and ready to take on the , dare I say ‘young’, Exeter side, who were sitting nicely one point below us on the table.

After an inspiring team talk from Mel and Nic, Canterbury kicked off the first quarter in flying form. With some dynamic leading from the midfields and forwards, the back line were able to thread some naughty balls through, allowing for some close opportunities in the oppo’s D. Exeter responded well with, quite frankly, some pretty rapid breaks. With some epic saves from Becca Smith and a few cheeky ‘off the line’ saves from Pinney, we went into half time 0-0.
The second half kicked off with both sides admittedly looking a little bit less fresh. With some heavy yardage put in from Lauren Martin in centre midfield and constant pressure put on their playmakers, gaps started to open up again for the visiting side. An attacking short corner saw a little game of ping pong at the top of the D with straight strikes from the more ‘experienced’ players Mel and Barnsey, but sadly nothing was to come of it. Exeter continued to fight back, despite Canterbury’s best efforts and all round solid performance, leaving the game at 0-0. Sad to not see any worldie finishes but coming home with a well deserved point.

Learning points:
– Travelodge and a good nights sleep don’t go hand in hand
– Chloe and Abbie are pathetic with spicy foods
– Nic thinks postcodes can be put in any order

Squad: Becca Smith, Mel Clewlow, Lucy Barnes, Sophie Pinney, Madi Upton, Lauren Martin, Lizzie Neal, Kirsty Greaves, Mary Flint, Abbie Bean, Chloe Plumb, Flora Brett, Lizzie Jenkins