Youngsters build on fine start

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hockey -

BBHC U14s 0, Folke­stone U14s 3 THIS WAS a splen­did per­for­mance from the Op­ti­mists ju­niors, spon­sored by Rem­land Car­pets. They eased into the lead af­ter just two min­utes and never looked back. A sim­ple but very ef­fec­tive short cor­ner rou­tine saw Bradley Good­sell sweep home the first goal from the left hand post. Three min­utes later a de­fen­sive slip saw Bradley col­lect the ball in the area to pass left to Joshua Caskie who swept in their sec­ond. With spir­its quite ob­vi­ously raised by their in­cred­i­ble start, Folke­stone played some at­trac­tive hockey, link­ing passes, find­ing play­ers and hav­ing sev­eral fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to score. How­ever it stayed at 2-0 in the first pe­riod. Again within two min­utes of the sec­ond half an­other short cor­ner saw cap­tain Will Main­war­ing fire one home. The de­fence didn’t have a huge amount to do but they were in con­trol of the back line and when needed de­fend­ers Ben Shaw, Ashley Main­war­ing and Ja­cob Smith tack­led strong and hard, winning the ball and dis­tribut­ing it in­tel­li­gently. Keeper Matt White­head kept a clean sheet hav­ing made two fine saves. Mid­field­ers El­liott Gil­hamJones, Will Main­war­ing, Ly­dia Cameron and Ja­cob Spong, worked tire­lessly cre­at­ing many at­trac­tive at­tack­ing passes and link­ing well with the for­wards. Up front Willem By­grave, Bradley Good­sell Joshua Caskie and Emily Miller-Hast­ings all had sev­eral shots on goal com­ing from skil­ful play and were un­for­tu­nate not to have dou­bled the score. The tal­ented youngsters have proved great am­bas­sadors for the club and still top their league.

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