The Independent London Newspaper
21st May 2019

‘Still all to play for’, says District boss

    Islington and Camden District team

    Published: 8 December, 2016

    TEAM manager Jamie Hough­­ton has called for his Islington and Camden District team to “come back strong” after they were knocked out of the English Schools FA PlayStation Inter Association Trophy on Saturday. 

    The talented Under-13s side were beaten 3-1 in the national competition following a dramatic away-day against Aldershot and Farnborough. 

    Both sides went into the tie boasting 100 per cent records, but the hosts have had considerably more time to develop as a team, having played six more games than Islington and Camden. 

    Left back Niino Adom went close to giving the visitors a dream start but his fierce effort came crashing back off the crossbar. 

    Aldershot and Farnborough were looking that much sharper than their rivals, however, and took the lead from the penalty spot midway through the first half when Trey Barrington was adjudged to have felled their striker in the box. 

    Their advantage lasted just three minutes before midfielder Solomon Hamilton equalised for Islington and Camden when he curled a fantastic shot from outside the area into the top corner to send the teams in level at the break. 

    Despite the efforts of goalkeeper Arlo Doherty, who plays for Championship side Norwich City, Aldershot and Farnborough managed to edge their way back in front early in the second half. 

    Islington and Camden were presented with a golden opportunity to level the scores once again when Aaron Keto was brought down for a penalty, but Luc Achermann-Stanfield saw his well-taken spot kick acrobatically saved by the keeper. 

    Despite missing a penalty of their own, Aldershot and Farnborough went on to wrap up a convincing 3-1 victory. 

    “Of course we are all disappointed with the result but the fact is we ran into a side who are simply ahead of us in terms of team development,” said Jamie afterwards. “It’s now December and this was only our fourth competitive game of the season. It was Aldershot and Farnborough’s 10th. 

    “What is important is that we stay together as a team and come back strong in the new year as there’s still plenty to play for this season.” 



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