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United beat Maidstone to close gap at the top of the table.
Sunday 14th April 2019
Kent Youth League Central Division
Ashford United Under 15s 1-0 Maidstone United Under 15s
Venue – Homelands Stadium, Ashford
With the current season nearing its completion it was time for the Kent Youth League Central Division big guns to meet for the second time with Maidstone and Ashford currently sitting first and second in the toughest of the three Kent League areas.
At their first meeting Ashford became the only team to take points from Maidstone when they held them to a 1-1 draw. From the off the two teams showed why they were top the table but it was Ashford who had the edge in the first session of play as they kept the greater possession and rarely let Maidstone out of their half. The first signs of a breakthrough came in the 10th minute when a shot from Gus Barnes eluded the Maidstone keeper but was deemed to have come from an off side position and the game remained scoreless. As the game progressed things became more even in terms of possession and Maidstone showed why they currently top the table but it was the Nuts & Bolts lads who just seemed to have the edge. The breakthrough came just 2 minutes before the end of the first half when a fine run of play which started at Ashford’s defensive line was rewarded when Reuben London-Hobbs set striker Jeremiah Bamgbose free with a through ball which was powered past the visiting keeper and Ashford went into half time with the advantage.
During the second half the Ashford defence seemed almost impossible for Maidstone to breech with Rowan Shardlow and Freddie Grist never looking flustered and always being on hand to giving skipper Adam Potten and Centre back Barney Halls the option to get the ball back under control and for spells of the game these four players kept the ball switching from left to right and in possession until releasing it forward for the home side to make their next attacking move. Although Ashford were to have a few more shots on target their were no more goals to come and game closed with Ashford taking the win 1-0 meaning that they have become the only team to have taken the full three points from Maidstone this season and bring themselves that bit closer in the league.
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