Canterbury City U18s 0-9 Herne Bay Youth
By Richard Tennant
The home team were missing several regulars due to injuries and holidays, and entered the game with only twelve available players, however the young City side started brightly against a strong physical Bay outfit and a very strong wind. Josh Payne went close early with a long range effort, and a penetrating run by Ben Wiebe-Williams, nearly resulted in the midfielder scoring. At the other end Joe Dalton pulled off a fine double save. With another injury reducing the battling City to the bare bones, they finally went behind after 15 minutes, and before long they were chasing the game. Payne who was showing some trickery again tested the Bay keeper, while a clever chipped free kick by Wiebe-Williams, nearly picked out the bustling Sam Ditton.
With Bay resorting to the long ball, the defensive line of Patrick Higbee, Ben Malone, Bailey Whitely and Harry Pout, were under a blitzkrieg, but they won their fair share of headers, while Pout's long throw was causing havoc in the away defence,with Spencer Lela and Jude King both going close.
The second half, saw the U18 new boys, still continue to threatened. Kia Fordham jinky bit of skill, nutmegging his opponent, and putting in Archie Tennant out wide, Tennant's effort from the right had the keeper beat, but unfortunately the far post as well. Dalton then in the City goal, pulled of the save of the season with a magnificent tip over, and despite conceding more goals at the death to give a slightly lopsided score, this brave team, still never gave up, and at the final whistle a Wiebe-Williams free kick was well saved, which would have given the boys some satisfaction had it had gone in
Team : Joe Dalton, Patrick Higbee, Ben Malone (C), Bailey Whitely, Harry Pout, Archie Tennant, Josh Payne, Kai Fordham, Sam Ditton, Ben Wiebe-Williams, Spencer Lela : Sub Jude King