Thursday 3 May 2018: BayCity Strollers 0 v Dover 3

This match was a replay of the game a couple of months ago, which had to be abandoned with us winning 2-0 in the second half due to Dover arriving late because of a traffic accident, and another booking for the pitch after our slot……….
Well, we lost the replay 3-0 this time, but this did not really reflect the game…………..
It was a fairly even affair and Steve in goal seemed to have a bit less to do than their goalie.
Play was pretty even until the Dover first goal arrived via a wicked deflection, and the second was a scuffed shot which went in off the inside of the post. 
Martin missed a penalty for us and the score was 0-2 at half time.
In the second half we hit the post/crossbar (I can’t remember which it was!); and several shots were narrowly over.  It just seemed one of those days the ball would not go in the back of the net…………
In the last 10 minutes Lawrence came on and played outfield, and Dover added a third towards the end………..
This was the last Kent league match of the season for us.  We have played 10, won 3, drawn 1, and lost 6.  However, aside from the first match against Herne Bay we don’t seem to have been totally outplayed by any other teams.  Undoubtedly, standards have improved in other teams since we last entered the league.
The Herne Bay side, the worthy league winners, consists wholly of ex-semi professionals, so it is no discredit to lose against such players. 
I think though that everyone has enjoyed playing the games, and pitting our skills(?) against players we do not otherwise meet.  The games have been played in a pretty good spirit and there have not been any of the disciplinary problems we encountered a couple of years ago.  
I believe the Kent League is likely to be expanded a bit next season, so we shall look forward to the new season and hopefully a few better results! 
Chris Le Corney

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