Kent FC’s 2nd Team Win in Thirteen Goal Thriller

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By Danny Smith on 17.5.2023

Kent FC’s 2nd Team Win in Thirteen Goal Thriller

Kent FC’s second team saw out their season with a thirteen goal thriller in a highly entertaining match against Ash at the Oasthouse.

Kent’s determination to finish on a high was evident from the outset as they attacked a lacklustre Ash defence, whose goalkeeper was evidently not their first choice shot-stopper as several errors allowed Kent to gain the upper hand.

Kent FC player Danny Smith wasted several chances early on, but then atoned somewhat for his errors by scoring the opener from a Jack Stingemore corner.

Smith added a second before forward Caspar Wood made it three with an instinctive back heel finish six yards from goal.

Then Kent sensationally upped their tally to four in somewhat fortuitous fashion as a Caspar Wood cross was bundled in, inadvertently, by an Ash defender.

Ash were not about to concede defeat without a fight however, and the visitors managed to score twice before the half. The first goal arose out of miscommunication between the Kent defence and its goalkeeper Roberto Faratro, leaving the Ash striker with an empty net to slot into. Minutes later Ash netted a second as a twenty five yard free-kick took an unfortunate deflection off captain Ryan Davis, leaving Faratro no chance.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Kent looking to secure the victory after a lack of clinical finishing and a few defensive mistakes had allowed Ash back into the game.

Smith completed his hat-trick after receiving a through ball from Lance Hillman, and then Smith returned the favour with a key pass that allowed Hillman to score.

Andrew Thorne scored his second of the season after a deep free-kick was headed back across goal intelligently by Matt Harris, and Thorne rose first to meet it. Thorne’s goal should have signalled the end of Ash’s resistance but to their credit they continued to mount attacks and cause problems for the Kent back four, managing to score a further three goals.

Despite their disappointment at conceding as many goals as they did, and particularly with the sloppy manner of the goals, Kent never doubted their attacking abilities and the pace of Stingemore on the right and Hillman on the left were proving impossible for Ash to deal with. Hillman scored his second in similar style to his first, running onto a Smith through-ball and finishing with aplomb at the near post.

It was hardly a vintage display from Kent, but an 8-5 home victory saw the Whites finish the season with a flourish.

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