Honours shared in Derby Clash
By Martyn Sexton
Canterbury's City and Youth teams were involved in an entertaining game with a draw being a fair result with their rivals.
Within minutes of the start Jude King rattled the away crossbar with a thumping 25 yarder, and the early pressure told.
It was City who opened the scoring early, when a great solo run from Bailey Whitely, took him to the touchline and a superb cross, found Archie Tennant stealing in at the far post to thunder home a header. City increased their lead in similar fashion.
This time it was Ben Wiebe-Williams who's mazy run, set up Jack Nickolson who poked the ball home at the far post.
Joe Danton was then called in to make an excellent save, while the defence of Patrick Higbee, Skipper Ben Malone, Josh Naylor and Jack Cracknell, were coming under increasing away pressure. Canterbury Youth deservedly pulled one back, then the equaliser was quite a bizarre goal. A clearance hit Tennant on the back and the ball looped up for a Youth forward to head home.
The second half was a battle against the elements, with the defences taking control, however, Josh Payne picked up the ball in midfield, he found Alfie Ashdown. Ashdown shrugged off two challenges, fed Tom Franks, who raced in to score.
With time running out City were looking to hold on to what they had, but a superb last minute lob, robbed then off the win, but in fairness gave Youth a point.
It was great though to see football played in excellent spirit by two Canterbury sides in a City who's First team will be playing their biggest ever game in the FA Vase in two weeks time, representing Kent.
Joe Danton, Patrick Higbee, Josh Naylor, Ben Malone, Bailey Whitely, Jude King, Josh Payne, Ben Wiebe-Williams, Archie Tennant, Alfie Ashdown, Jack Nickolson, Tom Franks, Jack Cracknell