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Match Report

May 13, 2019


Last Thursday, Canterbury City got back to competitive action, after a six-month break, against one of the league’s top sides. In fact, earlier in the competition, Bay City had beaten Herne Bay 2-1, and Herne Bay had beaten us 9-0!  The omens were not good…

However, an encouraging, improved performance was given by the squad, and only a couple of defensive lapses enabled the opposition to score the two first half goals.

The game was expertly refereed by Steve Rich who, as always, was strict but fair and consistent.  After a number of infringements for running and tackling in the first few minutes, we quickly learned to stick to the rules and, interestingly, that made us more effective in negating some of Bay City’s forward play.  Brian Gear and John Ballantyne defended very well in this respect.

With skipper Jan Knott making some excellent saves and our attack, Cedric in the first half, and Ian Banks and Jo Rohan in the second, troubling their goalkeeper on a few occasions, the team pressed forward with some neat touches, and closing down of space. Peter Morris, Dave Rayner, Dave Tadd and Rupert Brown played their part in this from midfield, and Rupert also had a couple of excellent shots well saved. Positive comments from manager, Lance Fishlock, kept the spirits high but, sadly, the breakthrough never came.

We didn’t concede in the second half which was pleasing but, despite our valiant efforts, there remain some consistent shortcomings that need to be worked on. On occasions, our inability to control the ball under opposition pressure loses momentum, and more movement, individually and as a unit, is needed in order to provide opportunities to carve out scoring chances.  Communication with our teammates is also something in which we fall far behind other teams, and we are all probably guilty of that.

In summary, everybody made a significant contribution to a much-improved performance and determination remains high. With continued belief, that elusive first win appears only round the corner.  We have Herne Bay next …


John Ballantyne
Ian Banks
Rupert Brown
Brian Gear
Jan Knott
Peter Morris
Dave Rayner
Jo Rohan
Cedric Russell
Dave Tadd