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Kent Walking Football League 60+


Tuesday October 20

On a welcome dry evening, the over 60s squad went in search of that elusive first league win and manager Lance decided to re-organise the formation. We had Jan in goal, Dave R on his own at the back, Tony, Rupert, Peter and Dave E in the middle with Cedric upfront. It gave the side a better balance and the first half saw Canterbury play some of their best football so far and were, arguably, the better team.

However, two controversial goals meant the scores were level 1-1 at half time. The Ramsgate opener looked suspiciously inside the area, and Tony’s well-struck equaliser was a little above head height! However, the referee, who was poor throughout, and planted himself on the halfway line and stayed there, was in no position to give definitive answers to the players’ appeals!

The second half saw Jo, Iain and Simon enter the field of play. An exchange of goals kept the scores level. Jan made an uncharacteristic error, but Rupert’s fine shot left the game nicely poised.  Sadly, a lack of concentration and movement from Canterbury, and a suspicious amount of running from Ramsgate, saw them take the lead 3-2 near the end.

Canterbury, through Rupert, had chances to earn a deserved draw, but his efforts were narrowly wide.

Our best performance so far deserved better and it was a disappointed team that left the arena. Apart from his error, Jan made some fine saves in goal and Dave R looked solid at the back, displaying a fine range of passing.  Peter and Dave E in the first half drove the side forward positively from midfield, with Tony, Cedric and Rupert always looking threatening near the opponent’s goal area. Jo, Ian and Simon continued the good pressing in the second half and made enough in-roads to have at least shared the points.

The squad continues to improve, but sometimes a lack of concentration and anticipation, alongside tiredness, prevent a more positive result. At least we are creating more chances!