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APRIL 20, 2022


Canterbury City Squad

Jan Knott
Dave Eglin

Dave Rayner

Peter Morris
Mark Chamberlain

Dave Thompson
Cedric Russell
John Ballantyne

Dave Tadd

Of our squad of nine, six (including Jan) were defenders, and only two were under 70!

We felt that, in the past, we had been weak through the centre, sitting too deep and inviting teams on to us so, on this occasion, we played a new, flattish V formation at the back. Dave Rayner was the centre of this with Dave Eglin and Pete Morris either side, but able to play further forward due to the insurance of the central defender. This gave more support to Dave Thompson and Mark Chamberlain in midfield. and allowed us to ensure that Cedric Russell, upfront, was not too isolated.

Woodnesborough always produce good sides and it was clear that they were going to shoot on sight, judging by the number of shots that Dave R blocked. It was a sign that our strategy was working, and, at times, we played good football and had a few chances. Indeed, we took the lead when Dave Thompson found himself clear on the left and unleashed a shot, which the keeper half-parried but could not stop going into the net.

Woodnesborough responded as we knew they would and, unfortunately we started to sit too deep. This gave them hope and a number of shots rained in, not all of which could be blocked by defenders, but they found Jan Knott in superb form.   

We went in 1-0 in front at half-time.

In the second half we played well at times, and strung together some good passes, without really penetrating their defence. However, Woodnesborough were limited to few real chances as the defence and midfield, aided by Cedric at times, closed them down well. Once again, Jan was in inspired form in goal, with a number of saves. Ultimately, the pressure that their no.10, who continually backed in, put on our defenders eventually told and he fired one in the corner despite Jan’s best efforts.

I feel it was a creditable draw that we deserved overall. It was important that we got a result, and I didn’t want to make any substitutions to change a team that was showing good togetherness. In that respect, a special mention must go to Dave Tadd and John Ballantyne, who didn’t get on the pitch, but supported the guys throughout. They will have other opportunities.

In conclusion, there were encouraging positives to take forward, but we still fall behind other teams in our movement and communication. They are so important and, if we get to grips with these, we can only improve.

Our grateful thanks also go to Frankie Empson, from Margate, who refereed fairly and consistently throughout.

Simon Ludden – Team Manager