04/10/20 : Mens 1 vs Canterbury
Away - Polo Farm
Lost 1 - 5
Havant started the game poorly and allowed Canterbury to take control from the first minute.
Canterbury Men’s 1s 5 - 1 Havant Men’s 1s
Havant’s trip to Canterbury started early this morning and it showed. They started the game poorly and allowed Canterbury to take control from the first minute. After two minutes, Havant were a goal behind with some sloppy defending allowing a Canterbury forward to enter the circle, along the baseline, and then feed the unmarked Ronan Taggert to slot home.
Then in the 6th minute Havant got a goal back with some great work down the right channel with Jamie Rawlings, feeding Harry Croft-Baker who drove along the Canterbury baseline picking out Eryk Bembenek for his first goal for the club.
Then two penalty corner goals either side of the first quarter break, gave Canterbury a well deserved lead, the first scored by Tom Bean in the 17th minute. This first corner gave Maciej Pacanowski no chance, but the second was a little bit fortunate for Canterbury. The initial shot was charged down, but it fell nicely to a Canterbury forward, whose attempt was well saved by Maciej Pacanowski, but the rebound was slotted away by Toby Vaughan in the 25th minute.
Canterbury were now in control and they were much sharper than Havant, and they enjoyed good possession, but could not increase their lead. As the half was coming to an end, Havant won a series of penalty corners, and a Jamie Rawlings flick hit a defenders foot on the line and a penalty stroke was awarded. Unfortunately, Miguel Rodrigues could not convert from the spot with his flick flashing wide of the goal, and the half finished with Canterbury leading 3-1.
After the break things did not get any better for Havant. Canterbury were in control again, and as hard as Havant tried they could not get close. Canterbury increased their lead with Ronan Taggert scoring a second on 56 minutes after Maciej Pacanowski did well to save the first effort, but Ronan was quicker to the rebound and finished well.
Then with Havant chasing the game Canterbury grabbed a fifth and the game finished with a heavy 5-1 loss.
The team have much to learn and have to do it quickly as they entertain Sevenoaks at Havant next week.
Eryk Bembenek 1
Man of the Match