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Feb 06, 2016

February 6: Ashridge Park Royals U17 2 Caversham Trents U17 0

After yet more overnight rain, the pitch was deemed to be playable for an encounter with an in-form Caversham Trent team.  The key to success in this match was to start well and put the opponents on the defensive.
This request was followed to the letter, with a hungry Ashridge Park team dominating the opening exchanges, created 3 or 4 clear cut chances in the first 5 minutes, without being able to make the pressure count.   After contsant pressure , James opened the Ashridge account just inside the box by firing home after ‘ping pong’ in the box after Ben W’s dangerous corner.
This may have been expected to open the floodgates, but with the team needing to draw breath after early attacks, the visitors came back into the game, forging a couple of chances.  Ashridge came close again with a free kick on 35 minutes, but the rest of the half was a little disappointing.
The visitors attacked with purpose in the early exchanges of the 2nd half, hitting the top of the bar, but the game was ended as a spectacle on 55 minutes with Alex wrapping up the points, by nodding in a 100 yard wind assisted goal-kick by Dom.
Ashridge were the better side for the rest of the match without reaching the heights of the first few minutes of breath-taking attacking football. Ted came close from Owen’s cross, but overall we were happy to see out a 2-0 victory.
So, after conceding one solitary goal in the past 450 minutes, we are now looking forward to our daunting visit to unbeaten table-toppers Reading Rangers in 2 weeks time.