Maidstone Mens 2s
|Date||Saturday 6th October|
The second league outing for the 2s saw a disappointing loss. But again it was a performance with many positives. The predominantly young and inexperienced side started well in the first 25 mins, creating several chances and a handful of short corners. A lack of practice and drilled corners cost the team those opportunities.
During the last 10 minutes of the first half, Canterbury pushed harder and subsequently the composure of the previous 25 mins dissipated. A succession of Canterbury penalty corners eventually saw them score the last one before half time.
The second half started with a much faster pace from both sides, but Canterbury were definitely more comfortable and built on the confidence of the opening goal prior to half time. Maidstone (we) were more frenetic. In this period, Canterbury scored again - from a poor decision (player) at the back, and resulted in Canterbury overrunning the defence.
Sporadically the Maidstone team ventured deeper into Canterbury territory, but did not threaten the defence. It must be noted that Michael Smith made some great saves and certainly kept the team in the game. Finally, the team can take heart from the grit and spirit shown in the last 10 mins of the game where they really took it to Canterbury.
Overall, the lack of cohesion, confidence and experience were the main reasons behind the result. All of which can be and will be addressed by playing and training together more.