Canterbury Youth U12: 2 – Kennington U12: 6
Buoyed by wins over Chartham and Dover Rangers, the U12s went into this fixture with confidence that possibly bordered on complacency.
Kennington struck two first-half goals, but Canterbury hit back through goal-machine Nathan Lewthwaite, who notched his eighth goal in three matches to make it 2-2 at half-time. Unfortunately, goalkeeper Greg Schulze was unable to continue after injuring his fingers in the first half, and this proved a turning point despite the valiant efforts of Noah Stephens between the sticks.
The attitude seemed to be: however many Kennington score we’ll get more, but this plan came unstuck within five minutes of the second half, which was dominated by the visitors. Canterbury seemed intent on all out attack and was picked apart by a more disciplined Kennington team, who scored two quick goals and a further brace later in the game. In truth, it could have been more.
Canterbury missed the chance of going top with Trinity losing and the two sides now meet at Faversham in a crunch match.
Manager Dave Fulton dismissed calls from the assembled media for him to resign saying: ” Yes, this was by far our worst performance of the season, but we’ve shown when we keep our shape and discipline we can play fantastic football. We need to show character and respond to what happened today positively. Hopefully, the boys learned that if you don’t do your individual jobs properly, the whole thing can fall apart. The flip side is that if you keep your discipline and do your job, you then earn the right to play – when we play like we can few sides can live with us.”