Kevin 2 ( 1 pen )
George ( pen )
Well the plan was to begin this match as we finished the last, that didn’t happen, to be fair we did start reasonably well and soon tested the keeper with no reward. We went behind as the ball somehow ended up at the Canterbury forward’s feet who promptly fired goal wards and found the net in off the crossbar, a great strike that gave Lawrence no chance. So a set back which got worse as we conceded a penalty with a brief but telling flirtation with the penalty area. Two nil down and a bit of head scratching as to how it happened as the home team sailed against the wind and took control.
This was not the time to panic as we pulled a goal back, Rob weaved his way through to make it just the one goal difference at halftime.
Tony gave us a bit of a broadside at the break and suggested some tactical improvements for the second half, including shoring us up a bit by getting closer to our opponents to give them less space.
This was to prove decisive as we quickly started to dominate making numerous chances. It took a while but we eventually pulled alongside as sub George equalised from the spot after another unfortunate crossing of the line. This was to really give us some impetus as we took total control with the home team retreating in to what they hoped would be a safe harbour, alas they conceded one too many free kicks as Kevin was neatly set up to crash the ball in off the post. Any hope of a comeback were scuttled as Kevin got his second goal from the third penalty of the match.
It was nice to get another three points in a bit of a disjointed performance as we improved our league position by sinking the Mariners. We did have lots of chances and could have scored a hatful on another day. One thing that shone through was our team spirit as we kept our patience, staying united as a group with absolutely no blame being apportioned for falling behind. We simply played our football which eventually proved the difference between the two teams.
Always a pleasure to play against the lads from Canterbury, games are always contested in the right spirit, competitive but fair. Thanks too to the Canterbury players for their hospitality and after match sandwiches etc. which were much appreciated.