Boyne sees pos­i­tives in de­feat

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Hockey -

Can­ter­bury player-coach Craig Boyne said his team need to work on their con­cen­tra­tion in matches af­ter they lost 5-0 on Satur­day.

They played their first match in the Men’s Premier Divi­sion af­ter a two-month break from the fix­ture sched­ule at home to Read­ing.

De­spite the re­sult, Boyne be­lieves there are pos­i­tives his side can still take from the match.

He said: “On pa­per it was dis­ap­point­ing but the ac­tual per­for­mance was good. We were 1-0 down at half-time and we had been un­lucky.

“We were still cre­at­ing chances in the sec­ond half but we had a cou­ple of cards and it blew up to­wards the end.

“I’m not happy that we con­ceded five goals and that’s some­thing we have ad­dressed. We should not have to score six goals to be able to win a game.

“We are go­ing to work on our car­dio fit­ness. Play­ers need to be ac­count­able for it and make sure we are al­ways switched on.

“Be­ing 3-0 down with 10 min­utes to go against a good team we need to be switched on. There are still plenty of pos­i­tives we can take.”

The teams were level un­til Ben Fran­cis scored the open­ing goal af­ter 30 min­utes to give Read­ing a 1-0 lead go­ing into half-time.

Richard Man­tell scored twice and Lee Mor­ton and Ed­ward Carl­son scored one each to give the vis­i­tors the win.

Tom Bean was then shown a yel­low card for Can­ter­bury af­ter 66 min­utes.

Sun­day’s de­feat keeps Can­ter­bury bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter 11 games al­though they are level on points with Sevenoaks im­me­di­ately above them.

They face a tough test on Sun­day when they travel to Sur­biton, who are fly­ing high at the top of the ta­ble.

Boyne added: “Sur­biton only beat Sevenoaks 3-1 last week­end and we are aware that they can step up.

“For us there is no pres­sure on the game and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

‘We were 1-0 down at half-time and we had been un­lucky’

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM5068717

Can­ter­bury player-coach Craig Boyne keeps the Read­ing de­fence on their toes

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