Wimbledon come unstuck against this season's bogey team

Wandsworth Guardian: On target: Phil Ball bagged a Wimbledon goal, but he could not prevent a 5-3 defeat at home to Canterbury On target: Phil Ball bagged a Wimbledon goal, but he could not prevent a 5-3 defeat at home to Canterbury

Canterbury are rapidly becoming Wimbledon hockey club’s bogey team as they completed an impressive league double over the Dons on Saturday.

Canterbury were the more dangerous side during the first 15 minutes, mounting a series of attacks and breaking down Wimbledon by regularly intercepting passes.

Almost against the run of play, Wimbledon went ahead when Johnnie Kinder stepped up to convert a penalty corner with great style inside the far post.

The game was end-to-end until the interval, and having been turned over at Canterbury after being 2-0 up at the break, Wimbledon were again leading 1-0.

However, Canterbury equalised on 40 minutes following a goalmouth scramble, but Wimbledon immediately responded to go 2-1 up on 42 minutes.

Great work in midfield from James Osborn saw him beat men, exchange passes and finish the move with a terrific shot on goal that the Canterbury keeper did well to parry, only for Phil Ball to score from short range.

The lead lasted one minute as the game became increasingly frenzied.

At the other end, a shot was blasted 30 yards at the Wimbledon goal, and Foster was on hand to steer it round Millington, giving the keeper no chance.

Wimbledon now began to dominate possession, but Canterbury’s England and GB U21 keeper Diccon Stubbings was on top form making several point blank saves.

Canterbury looked dangerous on the break, and a short corner gave Kwan Brown the opportunity to drag flick under the crossbar to put Canterbury ahead for the first time in the game.

Wimbledon pressed for an equalizer and were punished for leaving gaps at the back. Another Canterbury counter-attack saw the Wimbledon defense stretched and Foster score his third goal on 61 minutes to make it 4-2.

Wimbledon came back again and Michael Hoare’s short corner conversion set the game up for an exciting finish at 4-3.

Wimbledon were desperate to equalise, but again Canterbury broke and scored an excellent goal to make it 5-3. Despite a string of short corners and pressure, Wimbledon could find no way back.

 

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