Canterbury Hockey Club men's team lose out to National Premier Division leaders Beeston
Canterbury were edged out 7-5 by leaders Beeston in a thrilling
top-of-the-table clash in National Premier Division at Polo Farm on
Liam Foster put the second-placed city club ahead after just
three minutes but the lead lasted less than 60 seconds as Carl
Smith drew the leaders level.
Isaac OConnor restored Canterburys advantage on 10 minutes but
Sam Dixon made it 2-2 just four minutes later from a penalty
Joe Sharp and Craig Boyne then struck two goals in three minutes
around the half hour to put Beeston 4-2 up but the rollercoaster
half continued with Devohn Teixeria pulling one back two minutes
before the break and a penalty corner strike from Michael Farrer
(pictured) on the stroke of half-time saw the teams turn around
However, after the interval it was mainly one-way traffic with
Smith grabbing his second seven minutes after the restart from a
penalty corner and Dixon did likewise 10 minutes later to make it
Beeston keeper Ashley Watson saved a penalty stroke to keep
Canterbury out, while Boyne completed his double seven minutes from
time to secure the win but there was still time for Farrer to grab
a consolation from another penalty corner.
It was the second time the leaders have scored seven against
Canterbury this season and left them nine points clear of the city
club at the top of the table, with third-placed Cannock a further
four points back.
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