Team: Fledglings (6th XI)
Opposition: Canterbury Squires
Date: 16th September 2017
Goal Scorers: Cieran Payne
Match Report: In the early evening the Fledglings side took to the Canterbury show pitch as the undercard for their men’s first eleven game. The opposition in this friendly game, the Squires, play in the league above the Fledglings and so the test would be a stern one.
There was a real contrast in style between the sides throughout the game, Canterbury playing a direct swift passing game and the Fledglings tending to pass shorter and display more of their silky ball carrying skills. Waves of attack from the Fledglings were mopped up by a seasoned and well drilled Canterbury defence and it seemed that goals were inevitable, the width provided by Kendall and the pugnacious Crookston (who seemed intent upon knocking the most sturdy of opponents over) spread the opposition, whilst the jinking elusive running of Little, Payne and Chowdhury (nice new skills Oz!) irritated and vexed their opponents, meanwhile Styles ghosted into spaces between and behind the opponent’s defence. Duncan seemed set on playing all positions and as a result, he was a constant annoyance to the opposition, to the extent that they resort to launching him
It was however from a Canterbury attack that the first goal came. The usual quality defence from Clapham, Bondzio, Munn and Rumbold was overloaded and a half hit made it through, Roche (who had another great game) saved the intended shot, but the ball had taken a different trajectory and eventually made it to the back board. With Beggs returning from injury and having a fine game, prompting and probing from midfield, the Fledglings’ response was swift with strong running and clean passing leading to an unstoppable half volley from Payne.
A good piece of wing play from Canterbury was pulled back into the D and cleanly dispatched by the opponents’ former GB player – his second – the game was settled, with all the scoring in the first half.
So in summary this was a pleasing performance against strong opposition. Folkestone had the majority of the ball and used it well between the 25yd lines but the final ball was too often lacking. With this rectified the Fledglings have a great season ahead of them.