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A 4-3 thriller at Homelands as Nuts & Bolts initially trailed by two goals.
Sunday 20th January 2019
East Kent Youth League Under 14s Division 2
Ashford United Under 14s 4-3 Ramsgate Knights Under 14s
Venue – Homelands Stadium, Ashford
Manager Matt Rolfe reports:
This wee’ks game for Ashford United U14 (East Kent Youth League) was against last year’s Division 3 winners who were promoted up to division 2 with us, Ramsgate Knights, who we knew very well after playing earlier this season and losing 4-2 we knew this was our biggest game so far.
The game started and Ashford United didn’t get off to a great start with passes going to the other team, and not chasing down within 20 minutes we found ourselves 2-0 down. We looked out of this game very early but with nothing going our way, our keeper Mason Piper making some vital saves and kept the scoreline at 2-0 which could easily have been 4 or 5 as we just couldn’t get going. Then on the 30 minute mark, our midfield started to get a foot hold and passed to each other with a nice passage of play from Jack Cooper, Oliver Nash then Luc Rolfe, who found Alfie Bitmead who took on two players then unleashed his right footed shot and lobbed the keeper to make it 2-1 at half time.
The half time talk was very interesting from manager Matt Rolfe and assistants Graham Samways and Shawn Cooper to get the team focused for the challenge ahead.
In the second half Ashford came out a totally different team. Ramsgate couldn’t get near the ball thanks to great passing, clicking and making things work from the Nuts & Bolts, which eventually paid off with a great play from William Pearson put the ball in the back of the net for 2-2. Ramsgate came back but our defence was solid, though unfortunately a challenge went in from Nathan Samways that was given a yellow card. At about 60 minutes Ramsgate came again and hit the back of the net to make it 3-2 but like true Ashford style we wasn’t finished.
Another run from captain Jack Cooper sent Dan Wootton on a run and also with a lovely left foot slotted the ball into the bottom corner to equalise for 3-3. Ten minutes left and Ramsgate again broke the defence with Mason Piper, who didn’t have much to do in the second half, being called into action with a 1 on 1 and came out big and strong and saved the ball. Again Ramsgate Knights broke and was there last chance but a brilliant timed slide tackle from Ollie Church won us the ball and from that we manage to attack and win a corner with 2 minutes remaining. Then it happened, the ball was crossed in which they cleared, but it fell to our captain who passed back to Joshua Foster-Naisbitt to hit a sweet shot into the top corner and we went 4-3 up just before the final whistle.
We move up to second, 3 points behind 1st place and with two games in hand.
Man of the match: Nathan Samways
Players player: Mason Piper
Mangers notes: (Matt Rolfe)
“Knowing it would be a hard game the boys didn’t show up till second half, then showed what we are made of and I couldn’t be happier with both the boys and the celebrations. The looks on the parents’ and players’ faces showed how much winning this game meant to them. I hope we can now go on and win division 2.”
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