Tyler Hill 3 Canterbury City 1
By Martyn Sexton
Tyler Hill were made to fight for the three points,
Tyler Hill were made to fight for the three points, which puts them one point away from the title against a gritty City performance.
The home team went in front early, from a free kick given by the appointed official who's decisions on the night were erratic, both ways. The pitch was well worn, but despite this City forced some early corners, with both Ben Wiebe-Williams and Spencer Lela having efforts that went close. Hill resorted to their tried and trusted tactic this season, peppering the Box with long throws and long drop kicks and a mix up resulted in them scoring a second. Joe Danton was also then forced into two good saves while a Dan Newton header just flashed past the post at the other end.
The home team with a full compliment of substitutes, of which two were illegible to play due to numbers rarely rotated, but with their strongest team on increased the lead with what was a goal against the run of play. When the ball was on the deck, the skilful Josh Payne and Josh Naylor were causing problems for Hill, but in general on the bobbly pitch, it was the low flying evening bird population who were in danger of the home assault. However City did finally get the just reward of a goal for trying to play football, when Sam Ditton, Tom Franks and Jude King worked a lovely move, with resulted in a corner. Wiebe-Williams delivery found Archie Tennant and the poacher lashed home a half volley, with gave City the consolation of a late goal and the best goal of the evening.
Team Joe Danton, Patrick Higbee, Alfie Ashdown, Ben Malone (Capt), Bailey Whitely, Dan Newton, Ben Wiebe-Williams, Josh Naylor, Sam Ditton, Archie Tennant, Spencer Lela, Jude King, Jack Nickolson, Josh Payne, Tom Franks