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Match Report

June 4, 2021


Hopes were high that the narrow defeat to Woodnesborough pre-lockdown could be reversed and, indeed, Canterbury dominated the early stages and were the better team for the first 15 minutes.

The two Daves - sounds like a comedy act! - Eglin and Rayner, were solid in defence and a mid-field trio of Rupert, Colin and Dave Tadd combined well, finding space and setting up a number of attacks.  The often-missing movement and communication were also refreshingly on display!  Cedric drew a good save from Steve Earle in the Woodnesborough goal, and the latter produced another couple of excellent efforts to foil Rupert who was in marauding form.

However, lady luck was not on our side and two scrappy, deflected goals gave the home side a 2-0 half time lead, and Jan probably should probably have done better with the first of these.

John and Peter replaced Dave R and Cedric for the second half, but the break and the disappointment of the undeserved deficit, meant we were not able to repeat the better moments from earlier.  The aforementioned movement and communication went AWOL!  Jan redeemed his earlier error with two or three good stops, including a double-save near the end, but Woodnesborough easily had the better of the second half and a well-taken third goal from a corner, confirmed their victory.

It was a disappointing outcome, because the two teams were evenly matched. A very liberal interpretation by the referee of tackling from behind and running did not help the cause, but the ‘nil’ against the Canterbury City result card is yet again causing concern.  However, I think we must consider that we are largely an over-70s team playing in an over-60s league – seven of our squad of nine for this game were in the upper bracket!

The breakthrough must surely come in the future!

Many thanks to those of our members who came along in the rain to support the team.  It was much appreciated!

John Ballantyne
Rupert Brown
Dave Eglin
Colin Gwyn
Jan Knott
Peter Morris
Dave Rayner
Cedric Russell
Dave Tadd