Can­ter­bury will at­tack to es­cape drop

The Hockey Paper - - MEN'S PREMIER DIVISION - by Rob Davis

AT­TACK is the best form of de­fence for rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Can­ter­bury fol­low­ing their home loss to Read­ing, ac­cord­ing to team man­ager Gary Wyver.

With five games now re­main­ing for Wyver’s men, they sit ninth in the Premier Di­vi­sion, five points adrift of Brook­lands and ten points adrift of Satur­day’s op­po­nents Read­ing.

Can­ter­bury had an im­por­tant week­end in their bat­tle to re­tain their top-flight sta­tus, with their de­feat to Read­ing be­ing closely fol­lowed with a 4-4 draw against sec­ond-place Sur­biton.

And de­spite slip­ping ever deeper into a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle, with only win­less Lough­bor­ough Stu­dents be­low them, Wyver thinks his side can tee up an end-of­sea­son de­cider with eighth-place Brook­lands if they stick to their at­tack­ing in­stincts.

“We’re scor­ing goals, we’re de­fend­ing bet­ter and if we can just nick a few points here and there, we still have Brook­lands to play and we have Lough­bor­ough to play,” Wyver said.

“If we get a few more points then we can take it to the last game of the sea­son against Brook­lands.

“That would be fan­tas­tic. I feel con­fi­dent we are go­ing to pick up some more points in the next few games.

“We just haven’t had the rub of the green. If we can keep ev­ery­body fit then there’s no rea­son why we can’t push up the league.”

Joshua Pol­lard’s 54thminute goal proved to be lit­tle more than con­so­la­tion for Can­ter­bury af­ter Tom Car­son and Ben Boon had put the visi­tors out of sight on Satur­day.

Four goals against high-fly­ers Sur­biton on Sun­day though (see P10) sug­gest a cor­ner may have been turned.

Yet with fourth-place Hamp­stead and West­min­ster, as well as run­away league-lead­ers Wim­ble­don among their fi­nal five games, the im­prove­ments must be­come re­sults – fast.

Wyver added: “It was a dis­ap­point­ing week­end over­all. If you go a goal down when you’re near the bot­tom of the league your con­fi­dence is low, but to­day we had some more con­fi­dence.

“We won’t change too much, it’s the same squad, the for­ma­tions will be the same. We just need to play with a bit more in­ten­sity – as we did against Sur­biton.

“Tom Bean was doubt­ful for both games with in­jury but pulled through, Dic­con Stub­bings our goal­keeper pulled off some re­ally good saves. He is es­sen­tial now, you need con­fi­dence in your keeper at this stage. “We have been play­ing well and we haven’t been los­ing by lots of

goals.”

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