Canterbury’s dream of a place in the Maxifuel Super Sixes Final was ended by champions East Grinstead at the semi-final stage on Sunday.
The city club quickly found themselves 3-0 down against the four-time champions at Wembley Arena.
Ben Allberry and Devohn Teixeria netted for Canterbury before the break but the East Sussex side were 6-2 ahead at half-time, thanks in large part to a hat-trick from GB international Niall Stott.
Huw Stevens reduced the arrears but another two Grinstead goals followed before Canterbury replaced keeper Ben Cowling with an outfield player as they sought to stage a comeback.
Allberry was thwarted several times by the East Grinstead keeper before Liam Foster and Michael Farrer (pictured) goals gave them a glimmer of hope with two goals in less than two minutes.
However, Stott had the final say with his fourth and it was the defending champions who went through to the final where they retained their crown with a 7-1 win over Reading.
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