at 23 Mar 19: Ashford 0 Uxbridge 1
Just four weeks ago, the Tangerines had high hopes of reaching the play-off positions but a loss of form along with the loss of key players has put an end to those hopes and the poor run of form continued on Saturday when Uxbridge scored the only goal of a relatively even match. The goal came from the penalty spot with just ten minutes left on the clock when a rash and needless penalty was conceded, the result being that Uxbridge took all three points.
On a dry bumpy pitch which needs major attention before next season, there was little to talk about as far as the match itself was concerned. There was no lack of effort, or indeed spirit, but there does seem to be an overall lack of confidence which needs arresting or the season will continue to fizzle out.
The next opportunity to arrest the slide comes on Saturday when we entertain South Park who are fighting against relegation and will doubtless arrive full of determination. We scored five goals at their ground but we shall need to match that determination and we are fully capable but need to be as up for the game as our opponents and perhaps enjoy a little bit of luck which has been sadly missing lately.
Congratulations go to one of our young players, Antoni Miernik who has signed forms for Chelsea. His manager Chris Clark had this to say: “He has been a pleasure to work with the last 2 and a bit seasons. At U6’s I remember watching him play and thinking this lad has something about him. A month later I tried him in goal and he was good. I spoke to his parents and found out he played basketball, so was already good with his hands, I asked them if they would mind him being our designated Goalkeeper for a few games, and if he liked it we would continue with him in goal, they showed their support in this decision. He played in goal at the start of the U7’s season and he was brave, could use his feet, positioning was good and most importantly could save.
He is the best learner I have ever worked with, the term sponge is used far to often but this lad is literally a sponge for learning, he absorbs everything you say and comes up with some pretty good questions as well. His determination, self-belief and dedication has got him this opportunity.
As a coach I am very happy to have had a helping hand in his development and finding the position that suits his talents and am more than happy to pass him on to the next stage of his development, although we will certainly miss him next season.”