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MATCH REPORT


HERNE BAY v CANTERBURY CITY  

Thursday 24th September at Baypoint Club





















Yes, it was a comprehensive defeat in which we were outclassed in all areas.  No, the weather could hardly have been worse!


Most of us knew that we were facing one of the best walking football clubs in the country, let alone Kent.  They have grown up together since their teenage years and played together to a very high standard throughout.   They have won numerous local and national leagues and tournaments.  One of them plays for England!  Our past experiences against them have been no more successful and our last encounter, in the FA Peoples Cup some three years ago, resulted in a 5-0 defeat and we only played 20 minutes!


I could blame the weather, the very large pitch and the abnormally large goals but, put simply, we had no chance.  One of our number said to me, “That was not any part of fun last night!”  It’s hard to disagree.  However, I still took some enjoyment out of it – the ability to play football with a group of friends, but in a more competitive arena and, resplendent in our new kit (see attached), a sense of belonging.  No-one gave up and we kept trying to the end.  That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement in a number of areas and I’m sure Lance will pass on his comments before the next game.


One glimmer of optimism for the future games … our occasional player, Barry Faulkner, has come up against Herne Bay on many occasions whilst playing for Dover.  He expressed himself unsurprised by our heavy defeat and said that they are the best team in the league “..by a country mile.”