16th January 2019 |Youth News | Views

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Sunday 13th January 2019

Kent Youth League Central Division

Ashford United Under 15s 4-2 Welling United Under 15s

Venue – Homelands Stadium, Ashford.

Last Sunday Ashford United faced league leaders Welling United and although Ashford are currently in 2nd spot they started the game only one point adrift but with a game in hand. Having drawn last week with league strugglers Bearsted, Ashford had a point to prove to themselves and were much buoyed by the fact that for only the second time this season they had all of the squad available. From the off they overwhelmed Welling with their pace and control and the first goal of the day came in the 8th minute when Jeremiah Bamgbose found the feet of his strike partner Ronald Sithole who gave the home team the early lead. Just 4 minutes later Jeremiah obliged Ronald again and the Nuts and Bolts boys found themselves with a 2 goal advantage. Having been opened up so early Welling settled and started to better close down the home teams attacks with their keeper managing to stop a further three chances before Ashford found their 3rd just before the break with a sublime solo effort from Ronald Sithole who found the back of the net for his hat-trick. A change of formation by manager Martyn Halls to account for a strong head wind saw the home team gain the 4th goal of the day which came when Rueben London-Hobbs charged down the Welling keeper as he was trying to clear the ball and a fortunate bounce landed at Rueben’s feet. Ashford then found themselves with a 4 goal lead 20 minutes in. Welling replied with a goal against the flow of play in the 28th minute and the Nuts and Bolts lads found themselves held in their own half for the next 8 minutes when Welling managed to claw back one more goal. Ashford managed to break out and put the welling defence under huge pressure for the remainder of the game and took a well deserved 4-2 win which puts them back at the top of the top of the Kent Youth League (Central).