Match Report – Kent Cup – Tankerton Under 16’s vs Bromley

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With Seaview out of action for yet another week Tankerton’s home tie with Bromley in the Kent Cup had to be played at Victoria Rec in Canterbury. On what was better (but still not tip top) conditions just outside Canterbury High School on a typical winter morning, Tankerton were looking to progress through to the next round of the Kent Cup but this would be their toughest challenge of the season. Up against them were Bromley who were third in the Kent league and who shared the same objective as the hosts – the next round of the cup.

Tankerton were without Ginnaw, Finch and Lavender for this cup tie and so the starting XI was as follows – Crane, Whyte, Agada, Bardrick ©, White, Todd, Gore, Dale, Russell, Roffe, French – with Fairweather, Gore and Hinchcliffe as the three substitutes. Due to the referee pulling out at the last minute through injury, Tankerton coach Dave Russell had the ‘honours’ of officiating the game.

It was Bromley who played as was expected from them and on the front foot in the opening stages. However what caught everyone by surprise was a beautiful shot which floated into the top corner of Crane’s net in an unstoppable fashion. This meant Bromley had the upper hand after just 2 minutes and that Tankerton had an ever steeper accent if they were to reach the next round. However, others would argue this was just what the home side needed as after the breakthrough the boys in blue were defending well and creating some attacks. French came mightily close to getting an equaliser when his powerful effort produced a top quality save from the Bromley keeper. But Bromley did continue to press and soon got a second when several rebounds off the cross bar and several top quality saves from Crane led to the ball falling to the head of a Bromley attacker who couldn’t have missed even if he wanted to.  Tankerton then began to tire slightly as they approached the break and Bromley soon got a third when the ball was nestled into the top corner of the net by their main man in midfield just inside the box. At the break Tankerton’s heads were down but the message from the sideline was keep your head up: Anything is possible.

Tankerton went out in the second half a completely different team and Bromley began to struggle to cause a threat on the host’s goal. Tankerton then began to create chances themselves with French, Hinchcliffe, Radford, Roffe, and Dale all picking up good positions inside the Bromley penalty. But the Kent League side defended like they were expected to and Tankerton knew they would struggle to pull back any goals. Hinchcliffe had Tankerton’s best chances of the game firstly when his lob which seemed destined to hit the back of the net was disallowed due to no advantage in play and then Bromley’s goalkeeper was forced to make two great saves from both of the Tankerton striker’s efforts from close range in quick succession. However the game did end 3-0 which on the whole was a great result for the hosts. Coming up against an opposition who were 2 leagues above them and were sitting comfortably in third place in that league 3-0 cannot be deemed as a bad result.  The fact that Tankerton didn’t concede for the whole of the second half is yet another reason for their heads to be held high.

Next week the boys take on Herne Bay in a local derby in the League as they look for a comfortable win and to out the last three weeks behind them.


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