Next up was Bexley, we managed to get the win thanks to a brilliant piece of magic from Jack Swan, who played upfront again, and an impressive performance by Ronnie Dalton once again. We had sixty percent of the possession, bossed the ball, and looked solid defensively after doing lots of extra work on the training pitch over the last month, but our shots on target was once again the let-down, having attempts on goal but failing to test the keeper.
Our problems of getting the goal were evident in the next game too, against Staplehurst Monarchs, which I have to confess, the name of the team made me laugh. But they proved a tough test, preventing us from getting the goal we very much needed to secure the top place in the league. We again controlled the game, had plenty of shots and again near sixty percent possession, but Jack Swan struggled up front for the first time, and even Ronnie Dalton, who still had a good game, couldn’t swim through the Monarchs moat and break through the castle walls.
Gladly, though, it was a different story in our final fixture of the month, against Faversham Strike Force, who were anything but their name. The second best performance of the season, this time testing their keeper regularly and finding the back of the net, not just once, but three times. Ronnie Dalton once again proved what an asset he is to this club, netting the opener, while Ben Hunt – who had captained the side in the last few games in the absence of Carroll and Smith – found the net after meeting a delicious cross at the far post just before half time. Richard Bryan got his first goal in Canterbury United colours, which turns out to be the first of his professional career – late on, coming from a corner. Seventeen shots seemed to do the trick, Faversham just couldn’t cope with our deadly attack.
Martin Rowlands and Danny Brown seem to be forming a really nice partnership in the centre of the park, with Brown doing the dirty work very well and Rowlands creative spark allowing the team to move forward well. Ronnie Dalton in the number ten role, although wearing the number eleven shirt, seems to be loving playing at the moment and could be considered the Messi of the Kent County League. Jack Swan’s introduction up front, and after the goalless draw against Staplehurst, on the wing seems to be wonders for the team, and the defence since the decision to play Bryan and Drury together at centre back seems to have tightened up our defence too. The results have clearly been shown, we are now on a five match unbeaten run and haven’t conceded in four, while having scored a league high eleven goals. We may just be in for a successful season.