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MATCH REPORT

Kent Walking Football League 60+

CANTERBURY CITY 2 WOODNESBOROUGH 3


On a dry, reasonably warm evening, the over 60’s again went looking for that elusive winning formula. With a team of Jan Knott in goal, Brian Gear and Dave Eglin at the back, Dave Rayner slightly further forward, Tony McMullen and Simon Ludden in the middle, and Ian Banks up front, we hoped there would be an improvement on the last outing.  


A fairly even game began to transpire with both sides cancelling out the attacking forays.  A defensive mistake looked the only way through – and it duly arrived.  A mix up in the Canterbury defence allowed Woodnesborough to open the scoring. Our normally reliable skipper, Dave R, then made an uncharacteristic error to gift a second goal and that’s how it stayed until half-time.


In Lance Fishlock’s absence, Steve Mundin stood in as manager and made substitutions and tactical changes at half-time. We improved but were then caught cold by a deflected shot following a corner which escaped Jan in goal and Canterbury found themselves with an unjustified 3-0 deficit.  Fears of another heavy defeat such as that against Herne Bay started to creep in!  Things had to change!

 

Peter, who had come on as a second half sub started moving further forward and he and Tony cleverly exploited some gaps down the left. Cedric and Jo looked lively, with the latter putting in some good work on the right.  Dave R. moved into the heady heights of midfield and the team efforts were duly rewarded. A Woodnesborough goalkeeper error, when he strayed outside his area, gave Canterbury the break- through and Dave R confidently dispatched the penalty.  A deserved poacher’s goal from Cedric lifted the spirits and that, alongside some fine saves from Jan, had the opposition hanging on. Unfortunately, the comeback fell just short and the final whistle brought a 3-2 victory for Woodnesborough.

 

There was a definite improvement from the Herne Bay game and, pleasingly, everyone kept going, even in adversity. Stand-in manager Steve M put the revival down to playing the game further forward and pressing the opposition, and all the team made valuable contributions.  Jan was a rock in goal and couldn’t be faulted for any of the goals. Peter, Brian and Dave E. defended resolutely, with the addition of some fine pressing down the flanks.  Tony, Simon, Dave R and Cedric held their own in midfield and created more chances as the game went on. Ian and Jo troubled the opposition defence on several occasions, especially when more support was forthcoming in the second half.


Thanks to Steve M for his insight into the change of tactics.  The way the team was set up in the second half brought hope for improvement and the formation appears worth sticking with in future matches. There are still lessons to be learned, though, with more movement and vocal involvement needed!