Sunday night catch-up
Two tournament victories over Maidstone today for the BG Junior Valiants (3-0 and 4-0) but losses at the hands of Charlton and Sheppey. For Aaron Maul’s summary, please go to the BG Valiants page.
Toby’s sponsorship for the mountain climb: still a few to pay, can you give to Debby or a senior official at the club this week please … thank you
Monday’s training is all ON at Waterside with the clubhouse open from 4.30pm. U8 Colts, U10s both groups, U11s and U13s.
Focus on the EKYL U15s who drew 2-2 away today in the local derby
We are delighted to announce our new sponsor for the U15s in the EKYL, Russell Surveying Services. Many thanks for your valued support.
Player of the Match and manager’s report from today’s gutsy display
We made the short trip to neighbours and title favourites Park Farm with the bare 11. Due to half term we were missing several players including keeper Olly, but the League insisted the match had to go ahead. New season signing Angus volunteered to go in goal which just goes to show what a team player he is.The only down side to that was that we would be missing a very influential center back. Fortunately captain Ollie Heard was back today and he joined Ryan as the center back pairing.
The game got under way and I was really impressed at how we took the game to Park Farm. I had expected our boys to be under the cosh from the start and, in all honesty, was hoping for a game of damage limitation.I must have more faith in my boys attitude and ability. We matched Park Farm ball for ball. Ollie and Lenny in particular were strong in the challenge. Angus was dominating his area at one end and Alex was giving their center backs a torrid time at the other. Unfortunately, midway through the half we had a penalty harshly awarded against us and we went in 1-0 down at half time.
Like last week we improved after the break. Kuba saw much more of the ball and put their left back under constant pressure whilst Jack H at left back once again had a great game and broke up numerous attacks. Midway in and some slick interplay between the Park Farm attack saw them go 2-0 up. Unlike last season, when the boys would have moaned at each other and their heads would have dropped, they dug deep and began to dominate play. Alex now had 3 players on him for every attack but this allowed Kuba and Louis on the wings and Cam in the center time to dictate play. We pulled a goal back with 5 mins remaining thanks to a great lob by Reece who scored his 3rd goal in 3 games – he really does know how to weight a ball! With 30 seconds to go the boys did not give up. Cam sprayed the ball out wide right to Louis who laid a lovely ball back to Jack P. Jack delivered a peach of a cross for Alex to rise above a packed defence and power in the equaliser. Alex, the mark of a great goal scorer is still being hungry with less than a minute to go!
Before the game I just wanted to keep the score respectable. After the game I know we were the better team and could have won. Once again,each and every player played out of their skins. Myself and Carl are incredibly proud of each one of you and can only imagine how far we can go with our full strength squad. Man of the match today goes to stand in keeper Angus. This is not just because he volunteered to go in goal but because his performance fully merited it. Well done Angus and thank you. Sean
Images from the winning Under 12s last time out
[photos courtesy of Lisa]
U8 Colts and U8s have a great time!
Weekend results in the local leagues
Ashford & District League
Ashford Dynamo 5-2 Tenterden Town
Smarden 1-1 Wittersham
Ashford Athletic Reserves 0-5 Kennington Reserves
Biddenden 3-7 Rolvenden Reserves
Tenterden Reserves 9-0 Folkestone Invicta Disability
Woodchurch 2-1 Smeeth & Brabourne
Weald of Kent Charity Cup
South Willesborough 0-3 Lenham Wanderers Reserves
Ashford & District Sunday League
Charing Sunday 3-1 Troggs
Mersham 1-3 Brewmaster
Iden Park v Lolzors – OFF
Prince Albert 1-1 Kennington
Shepway Spartans 1-5 Stanhope Rangers
Sandgate 3-5 Hamstreet
Ashford Cavaliers 3-1 White Horse Folkestone
Ashford Galacticos 4-5 Mersham Reserves
Ashford Spartans 1-7 Red Heathens
Ashford United Colts 9-1 Charing Reserves
Bromley Green 1-3 Locomotive Reserves
Givaudan 1-2 Troggs Reserves
Grasshoppers Lydd 5-0 Burton Grove
Kingsnorth Pilgrims 0-1 Fox Sunday
Stour Valley 5-5 New Romney (SV won on pens)
Willesborough Athletic 1-11 Aldington
Kent Junior Cup
York Arms 3-8 Cheriton AFC
Ryan’s goal not enough in the Sheber
A Ryan Ford goal was just consolation for the seniors on Sunday morning in the Sheber Cup. I couldn’t be there so don’t have details of what I am told was a closely-fought affair that ended 3-1 in favour of the visitors. Next week I should be back as we travel to in-form Troggs Reserves for a league match. DH