Canterbury skipper Michael Farrer keen to finish memorable season with a play-off place from dramatic final day
Michael Farrer says
Canterbury need to avoid any final day drama in the National
Premier Division by securing their play-off place with a routine
win at Cannock on Sunday.
The city club have spent the
entire season in the top-four following promotion last year
but going into the final game, they sit third in the table, two
points behind second-placed Surbiton, one ahead of fourth-placed
Reading and fifth-placed East Grinstead, with Cannock a further
point back in sixth.
It means Canterbury could yet
finish anywhere from second to sixth but skipper Farrer insisted:
"We are relaxed and calm. The easiest thing for us to do is
Farrer (pictured) admitted:
"After the season we have had, if we were to miss out we would be
disappointed. At the start of the season, maybe people wouldn’t
have thought we would be where we are but it’s been a long road and
we have earned our place.
"If we make the play-offs
then it keeps alive the chance of making history.
"No Canterbury men’s team has
ever been to Europe – the pinnacle of club hockey – and if we could
do that, it would be a fantastic experience for the
"This might be the best
chance we get to do it."
Farrer admitted his side
"made things difficult for ourselves" in Saturday’s dramatic 3-2
win over relegation-battlers Southgate at Polo Farm.
Farrer said: "We expected it
to be a scrappy one as they were fighting for their lives and so it
proved. It will probably be tight again on Sunday."
He added: "With the goal
difference we know we could possibly lose by three goals and still
go through depending on other results but it is in our hands and
all we are thinking about is winning our game and guaranteeing our
"If we can do that it would top-off a good season and I’m
sure it would spark some celebrations."
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