Canterbury will attack to escape drop
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