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1st Team KCL 3 - 5 Staplehurst Monarchs United

Home | 18 August 2018

Strike Force entertained Staplehurst on Saturday losing a high scoring game amid some controversy. 5 minutes in and a Staplehurst attack was brought to an abrupt end with a cynical foul just outside the box. The referee was talking the Strike Force player and before he could end the conversation with the player Staplehurst had taken the free kick quickly, firing into the net. Despite the host's protests, the goal was awarded. Moments later the lead was double as the Staplehurst forward lost his defender and fired in at the near post. It got worse for Strike Force as Staplehurst found a third before the half hour mark.

The hosts began to regain some control and when a corner was awarded, Chris Axford rose highest, heading into the far corner to reduce the deficit. Moments later, Staplehurst were reduced to 10 men for 10 minutes, as their midfielder was sent to the sin bin for dissent, a new initiative that is being trialled by the Kent County League. Strike Force instantly capitalised through a fine effort through Jordan Simpson beating the keeper from 20 yards out. After half time Strike Force continued to search for an equaliser and were punished as a lack of numbers in defence and costly errors gifted the visitors a quickfire goal.

Strike Force looked destined to reduce the arrears but somehow Simpson missed with the goal at his mercy. Not to be deterred, Simpson did pull one back when a fine cross was met by Steve Sparks, he was bundled to the ground by 3 defenders but somehow managed to lay the ball back and Simpson fired home. The ref blew initially to say Sparks had fouled the defenders and awarded a free kick. The linesman stepped in and made it clear that the goal should stand. With time time running out, another mistake and another goal, finally killed the game off as Staplehurst made certain they would be going away with the 3 points.

Manager Gary Axford was disappointed with the result but took the positives from the game saying, "We showed real character to pull ourselves back in to the game at 3 nil down and to not let the floodgates open further. It was great to see 16 year old Craig Appleby make his senior debut too. Craig is a great lad who has worked hard for his opportunity and showed us he can compete at this level. It shows the club's youth policy is working in producing some really talented players and hopefully more young players will be able to replicate Craig's achievement."