City’s winning run over
Canterbury’s perfect start to the season came to an end on Monday when they lost their Southern Counties East League, Premier Division ‘home’ game against landlords Deal Town 3-1.
Despite occupying the away dressing room for the first time, Deal began brighter and opened the scoring through Connor Coyne’s 40-yard volley over Jack Delo just four minutes in.
Gary Clarke saw a shot tipped onto the post by Deal keeper James Tonkin but it was not until 18 minutes from time that Dave Pilcher got City back level from the penalty spot after Sam Conlon was fouled by Jack Paxman.
However, parity lasted just two minutes as Town went back ahead when Coyne set-up Sam Wilson to find the corner.
Joe Kennett headed against the bar from a Connor Sanders throw as City looked to level but the Hoops clinched it with a third – and second for Wilson – nine minutes from time.
City had made it three wins from three on Saturday with a 2- 0 win at Lordswood.
After a goalless first half, Canterbury took the lead against the run of play nine minutes into the second half when Kennett latched on to a deep free-kick into the box and looped a fine header over keeper Ryan Chandler.
The clincher arrived nine minutes from time as first Pilcher saw Chandler off his line and tried his luck with a lob from around 40 yards only for the keeper to scramble across and claw the ball wide.
However, from the resultant corner, Conlon headed into the net amid a static defence.
Canterbury City try to evade the attention of Deal during Monday’s game