|Date||9 February 2019|
|Result||L 2 - 3|
|Time played||Normal time|
|Scorers||Simon Newman Collins (1), Luke Hasler (1)|
Never let the hockey get in the way of a good bit of pulled pork (thank you Sophy Forwood)
Herne Bay 1st XI knew this was a must win game against a strong Canterbury team sitting in 3rd place knowing a win will mean Canterbury take top spot in the league.
The first 5 minutes may of been questionable from Herne Bay not getting a hold of the ball, playing the usual hockey we aspire ourselves to! A Will Thomas aerial that fell straight to a Canterbury forward was only the first mistake of Canterbury's first goal as the forward drove into the 'D' slipped the ball across to a Canterbury player the first shot was blocked by yours truly only for a rebound to go into the empty goal. 0-1 Canterbury, Herne Bay needed to wake up...
A reply from Bay was a guarantee knowing what type of game this was going to be. 15 minutes in, Herne Bay got a foothold in the game with a quick ball out to Peter Nash on the left wing, passing it forward to Luke Hasler skinning a defender slipping the ball to Simon Newman-Collins for him to smash it into the backboard. 1-1 the game was on!
The game was very much played in the middle of the park were both teams struggled to keep hold of the ball and play at the tempo they wanted, with Herne Bay letting debatable decisions get the best of them we conceded a very soft penalty corner. A flick to the left post were we all know the postman usually goes on his deliveries at this point was put into the corner from someone with curly hair on the opposing team who may be found on Michael Lunn back! 1-2 Canterbury at half time, Bay needed to step it up in the second half... Or maybe not.
Second half started as much as the first half ended with Herne Bay not setting the pace of the game they wanted to play. Canterbury broke away with a player dribbling around several Bay players diving into tackles entering the top of the 'D' topping a shot and it being deflected by Jamie Mcvey into the top(ish) corner unfortunately beating a helpless James Wigington. 3-1 Canterbury.
Herne Bay stepped up their game with a push being called from Matt Reeve for Bay to step up and put pressure onto the Canterbury defence. Bay found a bit of second wind with David Jeays, Paul Duffy & Craig Dale putting in a shift in midfield to pin Canterbury into their half. This was done with great effect and lead to another break away goal from Nash playing the ball to Hasler and making a clinical finishing. 3-2
Unfortunately the final whistle came, maybe with some extra time Herne Bay could've pushed for a draw but a disappointing performance in stages lead to a very difficult defeat. Herne Bay walked of the pitch with a look of disappointment on players faces knowing we have made a big bump in the long road ahead.
Onto the next game boys, we go again! And in the famous words of a Liverpool legend "we don't let this slip!"
A big clash at Blackheath awaits us next week with a win is all we can take away from it!
|Simon Newman Collins||32||1|