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Friday 1th May 2019

Ashford United Under 15s 6-2 Tonbridge Angels Under 15s

Kent Youth League Central Division

Venue – Homelands Stadium, Ashford

Friday evening witnessed the Ashford Utd U15 Kent Youth League boys bring their season to a close when they faced Tonbridge Angels at the Homelands Stadium. Having played 3 games within 6 days including a win over Brighton & Hove Albion’s Academy development squad midweek there were some concerns over how much the lads had left in the tank but the Nuts & Bolts showed few signs of tiredness. In the early minutes of the game Ashford managed to keep the lions share of possession but Tonbridge were far from out of the game and were the first to score when a poorly placed back pass was swept up by their striker in the 23rd minute. As they have shown through the season going a goal or two down never really flusters Ashford and they quickly settled back into their rhythm and found the equaliser just 13 minutes later when skipper Alfie Prior found a Free running Gus Barnes and it was 1-1 with only 4 minutes of the first half remaining and the score would stay tied going in for the break.

With an almost identical error that gifted Tonbridge their first so they scored their 2nd just 9 minutes into the half, it was at this point that the mood within the Ashford squad seemed to sharpen and a real focus fell upon the game and as they have often shown their patience and continued probing using their pace on the wings came to fruition when the second equaliser was slotted home in the 65th minute then they took the lead for the first time just 2 minutes later and extended their lead with a fourth goal in under 3 minutes. With the score now 4-2 to Ashford the visitors were in disarray and the home side made sure they finished in style with a further 2 goal in 10 minutes from Ewoma Akporehe and a second for Gus Barnes Ashford romped home the winners 6-2 and brought their 2018-19 campaign to a close having been crowned Kent County Champions, finished 2nd in the Central league having lost only 1 Game (being only one of two teams county wide to have lost less than 2) and a win over Brighton & Hove Albion. Next season looks very bright indeed.