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Sunday 7th April 2019

Kent Youth League Central Division

Ashford United Under 15s 3-2 Holmesdale Under 15s

Venue – Homelands Stadium, Ashford


Last weekend saw Ashford face mid table Holmesdale for their first league meeting of the season. Having last faced each other during the early stages of the Kent County Cup last November it was Ashford who were the victors 2-1 so with this in mind the Nuts & Bolts lads started the game confidently but knowing that Holmesdale were very capable opposition. Playing at Homelands Stadium it was Ashford that settled first and began to get into their stride but it was by no means one sided traffic with the visitors showing their strength. The first goal of the day came during open play via Ashford’s George McIlroy in the 16th minute and just 5 minutes later George was involved again in the home sides 2nd when he tapped past the Holmesdale defence and found the feet of a charging Reuben London-Hobbs who struck the back of the net from just inside the oppositions box. Holmesdale seemed in disarray for this period of play and Ashford took full advantage with their 3rd goal coming just 11 minutes after their first when a set piece play from a corner found left back Freddie Grist on the far post and he tapped home his first goal of the season to a huge cheer from the home fans and his team mates. With just 6 minutes of the first half remaining the visitors got a goal back with a sublime free kick and the teams went into the break with Ashford leading 3-1.

Holmesdale’s half time talk must have hit the mark as it was only 4 minutes into the second period of play before they clawed back a second to only trail by one. Although Ashford had the greater share of possession during the remainder of the game no more goals scored by either team even though the home side had their fair share of chances. Holmesdale are to be commended for their resilience as they saw out the last 8 minutes of the match with only 10 men and the game drew to a close with Ashford winning 3-2 which moves them into 2nd place in the league. This Sunday, Ashford face league leaders Maidstone Utd at the Homelands Stadium.