Forgettable Game Ends in Defeat Against Glebe
City are beaten by the odd goal in three in a largely poor and scrappy game
Canterbury City 1 Glebe 2
This uninspiring match saw City narrowly defeated at home to Glebe. The visitors came with a rough, physical and spoiling game plan that was the major driver towards a largely forgettable game, but having quickly got themselves level after City had taken the lead, they were probably the only side that then did enough to earn the extra points.
An irritable start saw little of note and even less in terms of good football although City centre-back Will Hadler did pull off a classy piece of defending in what was otherwise a scrappy opening. The first real attempt on goal didn't arrive until the sixteenth minute when Tom Barton was fouled on the edge of the Glebe box and Wayne Wilson curled the ensuing free-kick over the wall but also over the bar.
Very few chances were created and there were few highlights. Pat Nzuzi chased back well to make a crucial clearance for City while at the other end, Dave Pilcher fired wide of the angle and then sliced another effort wide of the far post. Laurent Hamici also fired wide of the upright for Glebe while Brian Zero chased a long ball forward before also shooting wide of the City goal.
On forty-one minutes, City were forced into a change when Hadler limped off to be replaced by Josh McCallum before the nearest we came to a goal was only prevented by a lightening quick reaction save by City keeper Tom Benham preventing a deflection from a Nzuzi block rebounding into his own net.
That was pretty much it in a poor first half, no goals little to admire, but plenty to forget.
The game desperately needed something to light it up and that came three minutes after the restart when City took the lead. A long throw was knocked on and fell to Nzuzi loitering on the edge of the box. After a great piece of control and then a lovely touch, he flashed a shot past Pat Ohman in the Glebe goal to open the scoring and give City the lead at 1-0.
Unfortunately, that piece of quality for City was quickly nullified by a disaster at the other end as a long ball launched forward saw a mix up at the back and Fred Obasa nipped in and rolled the ball into an empty net for 1-1.
From then on, the visitor's belief suddenly grew and they were the only side that looked likely to get another goal. Hamici had a great chance to chip the ball into the danger zone, but instead thrashed the ball well wide from an impossible angle, before Zero tried to tiptoe his way through the City defence only to be denied by a blocking tackle from Nzuzi.
Twice Glebe almost caught City on the counter - Obasa fired well over on the first, while Zero blasted a chance even further higher on the second from a position from which he really should have scored. Another Glebe effort was wide of the City goal before Benham did well to save a snap shot on the turn from Hamici.
Glebe continued to push and pin City back who just couldn't get forward with any purpose or zing and it was almost an inevitability when the winning goal did eventually come. Ninety minutes on the watch and a break down the Glebe left saw the ball played across and from about fifteen yards out Hamici struck the ball first time with a low volley that flew past Benham and into the City net for 1-2.
In stoppage time, Ohman slid out to prevent Laurence Harvey from running through onto an open goal as City desperately tried to conjure up an equaliser from somewhere, but it wasn't to be and on the day, Glebe's messy and scrappy style of play was just about enough to claim them the victory.
Final score; Canterbury City 1 Glebe 2
City; Tom Benham, Pat Nzuzi, Gary Sayer, Dan Keyte, Laurence Harvey, Will Hadler (Josh McCallum), Connor Sanders (Darren Marsden), Wayne Wilson, Rob Lawrence, Dave Pilcher, Tom Barton (Dan Osinoki).
Unused subs; Cory Walters-Wright, Billy Lewins.