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Second X1 vs Ashford

Match Date: 13 October 2018
Score: 1-2

Today we were once again away in the league, having only played one home game so far this season. We started the game against Ashford FC, having two important players promoted to the first team, and with several injuries, we found ourselves having to use two U18s players in order to provide cover. Sam Capper pulled up with a slight hamstring problem, which meant we had to reshuffle and ended up playing the younger players instead of using them off the bench. So the game started and we found ourselves up against a physically strong Ashford team, and we found it very hard to deal with the constant crosses and strength going forward of the Ashford attack. We found ourselves 1-0 down when we got caught out in defence and before half time it was 2-0 having given away a soft penalty , where the Ashford striker felt a slight arm in his back as he burst into the area, and he went down cleverly to gain the spot kick. After the break we were more offensive and our goal came from an unlikely source when centre back, Maxwell Smith , got on the end of a cross from the right that gave us some hope in the last 20 minutes. Unfortunately we pushed and pushed but the equaliser eluded us, and when Jack Sellens hand was struck by the ball at close range in our area , the penalty that ensued resulted in the Ashford penalty taker smashing it against the crossbar , to give us some hope in getting something out of the game. As hard as we tried we couldn’t get anything and the only upshot from a reserve team point of view was that our first team beat Beckenham Town 3-0 , so the players we lost on the day, that would of made a difference for us, helped Kevin towards a victory, which is what we are here to achieve. So a bitter sweet day for us but we go forward, confident that we will win more than we lose this season and happy in the knowledge that we are helping the first team and club move forward and become even better than we already are. 
Match report by Larry Hays