Marden 3 – 2 Burnt Ash 5s
With the midfield quintet of Venn, Venn, Venn, Venn and Venn, the 5s began with high hopes of a successful day at Hurstmere. The early substitution of Matthew Venn (match fees outstanding) then allowed the Mudie-Mudie partnership to faff about in the midfield. With Webb and Allen still at the physio, a new look back four, of Rai, Wald, Flint and Atkin held a tight line for most of the first half until Marchant chose the last game of the season to make his first error. Retribution was swift with Griffiths’ light touch giving the ball back to Andy Venn on the post, to sweep in the equaliser on the stroke of half time.
A half time conversation with Atkin regarding not being able to remember the last time he scored, brought about the simplest of decisions about who would take the penalty stroke when Joshua’s strike hit multiple feet on the line. Atkin’s resistance to this decision, lasted all of half a second, as he coolly stepped up to dispatch the ball into the top left corner. Ash’s purple period then waned as Marden’s midfield exploited the gaps as Ash pushed for a third. Their centre forward, reduced to a hobble from the ball to the foot in the first half, spent the entire second half on our penalty spot, from where he subsequently scored two goals after eluding our defensive marking.
The game, and season, ended with a 3-2 loss to Ash, although the disappointed at the result was tempered by being a historic game for the club, with it being the first game (possibly ever!) to include five members of the same family.
|Burnt Ash 5||2||3||Marden Russets 4|
|Maidstone Vets||2||3||Old Williamsonians 4|
|Old Bordenian 6||1||1||Tunbridge Wells Vets|
|New Beccehamian 2||0||3||Folkestone 5|
|Ashford 5||5||1||Herne Bay 4|