Clayden is a teenage dream

A TEENAGE trio helped AFC to a scrappy win on Saturday, against the leagues’ basement club.

Border League Div One

Barnston AFC 1 Bradfield Rovers 0

A TEENAGE trio helped AFC to a scrappy win on Saturday, against the leagues’ basement club.

Joe Law, David Cohen and James Clayden, the latter of which scored the only goal just six minutes into the game, all impressed as the home side put out a first team squad with an average age of just over 20.


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Admitting that the game “lacked quality”, manager Leighton Williams was still impressed with his young side’s hard work and said they deserved all three points after creating a number of chances throughout the 90 minutes.

“This was an important win,” he said. “A lot of teams near the top of the division seem to beat each other every week.

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“It was a scrappy game, in which there was very little quality, but we worked incredibly hard and showed a lot of commitment to grind out the result.”

Williams added: “As well as taking three points there were also other pleasing aspects, the first of which was the fact that we managed to keep a clean sheet.

“But also the fact that the youngsters in the first team are stepping up and making their marks, it looks like the future at Barnston could be very exciting.

“The spirit within the club is good, and the players are starting to bond and starting to feel like they belong to something that is important to them.”

Next: Barnston AFC travel to promotion hopefuls Maldon St Marys on Saturday. Kick off 3pm.

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