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Katie Rumble reports
Ashford United 1-4 Tunbridge Wells
Monday 21st January 2019 – KO: 7:45
By Katie Rumble
Monday night saw another loss for our Ashford U18s. They were beaten 1-4 by Tunbridge Wells. However, the game started positively and in the 3rd minute, a free kick near the corner flag saw a promising attempt defended out. The 6th minute saw our second strong attempt as a shot from just outside the box was saved by the opposition’s keeper. A minute later, however, we gave away the first of many free kicks. An attempt was made from just outside the box which our keeper (Charlie Wealands) got enough of a touch on to prevent a goal as it rebounded off the post and our defence cleared it. Two minutes later another shot was made from outside the box for Tunbridge Wells but our keeper saved it. Then, in the 10th minute another free kick against us saw the score drop to 0-1 as the ball hit the top right corner of the goal. Then, in the 14th minute we saw another goal against us taking the score to 0-2 after our defence couldn’t clear the ball. The rest of the play up until the 21st minute didn’t see either team make an attempt but then the score hit 0-3, after our defence couldn’t catch a through ball, leaving out keeper to come out for a 1 on 1 which ended with the ball rebounding into the goal, and the keeper taking out one of his own players and injuring himself, limping for the rest of the game. The next few minutes saw us have a few promising attempts all saved or defended out. Up until half-time there weren’t any attempts for either side but the 34th minute saw a yellow card for new signing number 7 (Frankie Walker) for a silly foul.
At half-time we made two substitutes. Taking off number 14 (Gabriel Eba) for number 6 (Jack Brown), and taking off number 17 (Oghenetegiri Alagbuoso) for number 12 (Reece Blyth). The boys came out looking more positive than before and within the first two minutes we saw the score hit 1-3 after a shot by number 11 (Anthony Oladipupo) made it into the goal. Many more attempts were seen but no more were successful and in the 53rd minute we saw our last substitute taking off number 7 (Frankie Walker) and bringing on number 2 (Zac Cowley). A minute later we had another strong chance after we gained a corner which was crossed and headed in towards the goal but saved by their keeper. But, in the 62nd minute we were tested again after we gave away another free kick (which many said wasn’t deserved), leaving the score at 1-4 after the ball hit the post and went in, despite our keeper diving the right way – he was unable to get to it in time. The game ended with a disappointing 1-4 score, despite deserving more.
Squad : 1 (Charlie Wealands), 3 (Sonny Wirt), 4 (Callum Edwards), 7 (Frankie Walker), 8 (Kundai Munyama), 9 (Ilumiranashe Bepe), 10 (Billy Harkness), 11 (Anthony Oladipupo), 14 (Gabriel Eba), 15 (Louis Harrison), 17 (Oghenetegiri Alagbuoso),
Substitutes : 2 (Zac Cowley), 5 (Ashley Aslett), 6 (Jack Brown), 12 (Reece Blyth), 16 (Bafana Khumalo)
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