CYFC U12: 8 – Chartham Sports: 2

After a slow start to the season which saw defeats to Whitstable and then Chartham in the Cup, the U12s recorded consecutive wins in the league to move second in the table.

The vagaries of the fixture list gave CYFC a chance of revenge over Chartham, and the boys took it in style at Canterbury Academy. Canterbury was unrecognisable from the team which had stood off in the cup and it was good to see the high-pressure training had produced immediate results.

Nathan Lewthwaite scored the opener to settle the nerves, and with the midfield of Freddie Fulton and Kristian Williams winning tackles and Will Cook and Theo Panteli pushing high to pressurise their fullbacks Chartham looked shell-shocked. Cook smashed in a volley and Lewthwaite added another as CYFC went in 3-0 at half-time.

The first five minutes of the second half were always going to be key, and Canterbury added two more: Fulton scoring a single goal which saw him beat a couple of players before firing in off the underside of the crossbar, and Williams finishing well from close range.

Chartham threw men forward, but the back three of Henry Goss, Lewis Crockford and Charlie Exley absorbed pressure and played out from the back with composure to re-start Canterbury attacks. Goss was outstanding.

Chartham got one back, but Panteli extinguished any hopes they had of a recovery heading bravely in from a corner. Lewthwaite completed his hat-trick, and even a consolation goal for the visitors couldn’t dampen spirits as Exley rifled in from the edge of the area to complete a great 8-2 victory.

CYFC U12: 6 – Dover Rangers U12: 5

Buoyed by the win against Chartham, the boys were full of confidence taking on Dover Rangers at our new ground at Faversham Cricket Club. Another high tempo performance produced a very entertaining match that Canterbury always shaded.

Lewthwaite’s strength and eye for goal was ultimately the difference as he notched a second hat-trick in successive games, but Canterbury’s passing and movement were conspicuous, too, as Noah Stephens, Will Cook, Kristian Williams and Theo Panteli all looked dangerous going forward.

Dover kept coming back in an end-to-end encounter, and Canterbury needed keeper Greg Schulze to be at his best to deny them. Even when they did score, the boys retained their composure confident we would out-score them.

And so it proved with Panteli, Williams and Cook adding the crucial goals and Henry Goss, Lewis Crockford, Charlie Exley and Freddie Fulton shoring things up at the back after deciding that conceding five was quite enough!


In other news Kai Hodge is recovering well from a broken arm sustained in the summer and Leandro Ramos has become our latest signing. Hodge, who captained the team with aplomb last season, broke his arm in a trampolining accident at the beginning of the summer holidays but he’s now out of plaster and undertook fitness training last Wednesday. He will be available from November if given the all clear by the specialist at the end of the month.

Ramos – no relation to Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid as far as we know but certainly more skilful – has played for Canterbury Eagles previously but is the latest addition to a strong squad. He is a tricky two-footed attacking player who’ll fit right in with the passing style of the team. He’s in contention for selection for Sunday’s match at home to Kennington.