Baycity friendly at Aylesham 15/2/2017 report

It’s always a joy playing the BayCity lads and this was no exception.
It was our turn to host the match and we used Aylesham as the venue. Not that we’re ashamed of our little cage at Canterbury, we just thought it would be nice to play on a 3G pitch as it doesn’t hurt so much when you fall over. Also they have a bar.
Both BayCity and us had enough for 2 teams each. John had selected the teams as he is our team manager now, and after a bit of grumbling of who should be in the A team we marched on to the pitch dressed in our new kit ready for the photo session… trouble was, nobody had a camera so that was put on hold.

Our stars were –
A team – Big Steve, Graham, John, Lance, Tony and Jan
B team – Roger, Jonathan, Dave, Peter, Mark and Jan (jan played in goal for both sides)

The result of Lance’s and Graham’s shots
CWFC A 0 v BayCity A 2 –
To be honest and a little biased, we played the better football with Lance and Graham aiming thunderbolts at the posts and doing very well by hitting them at least 10 times. Just when we though we might get a shot in the gap between, Baycity sneaked the winner. Canterbury A were boo’d off the pitch by Canterbury B as they prepared for their match against BayCity B.

CWFC B 0 v BayCity B 3 –
I must say that this match was a little disappointing. It took a while before we realized the ball didn’t bounce back from the sideline due to the fact there was no fence. Also I think we were bogged down by the long artificial grass. Anyway, the result was that we were pretty dreadful and came off the pitch in tears. A special plan would be required for our next match.

CWFC A 2 v BayCity B 0 –
By now we were getting used to the pitch and the fact we had corners and kick-ins to defend. Our A lads were in total control of this game and although the posts were still taking a beating from Lance and Graham, this was a much better performance watched in envy by our B team. Steve at the back was quite good, Dave and Tony were excellent and gave nothing away with Graham and Lance outstanding, working so well together through the midfield and upfront. Lance’s last gaol was a joy to behold, and even brought applause from BayCity ( I think one of our B team also mumbled it was quite good). Jan didn’t have to do much but when called upon was his usual reliable self. Well done the A lads.

CWFC B 3 v BayCity A 0 –
Ok, it was no more mr. nice guys from our B lads. We had a plan. Mark went further upfield and played some neat football. Dave was at the back on his own and even made a few tackles, Peter and Roger played just in front of Dave and tightened things up in midfield with Jonathan making excellent runs up front scoring the first goal to put us 1 – 0 up. This was a shock not just to Baycity, but to us as well. Graham came on for the last 5 minutes in place of Mark who had played excellently. Roger then slotted in a cheeky goal through the goalkeepers legs to put us 2 –0 up.
Jan made a couple of good saves near the end to round up a great performance from the B lads.

It was then up to the bar and a some grub and drinks.
I must just say the facilities at Aylesham are excellent.
And as always, a huge thank you to Baycity for being such a great bunch of lads and a joy to play against. All in all it was a pretty even contest.
Also, thank you Jan for organizing this. We must do more…


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