05:00PM, Thursday 04 April 2019
It's all to play for at the top of the Allied Counties Youth League Central Division after a couple of disappointing results for Maidenhead United u18s this week.
The young Magpies suffered their first defeat of the season in an often fractious 2-1 loss to Hanworth Villa at York Road on Thursday night before drawing 2-2 at Binfield u18s on Monday.
It leaves the Magpies five points clear at the top of the table with four matches remaining. Hanworth Villa and Flackwell Heath both have matches in hand and are now breathing down their necks. But joint manager Christian Parker is keen for the young side to put the results behind them and finish the season on a high.
On Thursday evening the early chances fell Hanworth's way, with Khan heading a corner wide of the mark and Walker striking the crossbar from another corner-kick.
Bradley Farren responded with a first time shot that flashed wide of the mark but it was Hanworth who took a deserved lead a minute before the break. Defender Luke Wayborn did well to keep an effort out on the goal line but the referee's assistant flagged for an apparent handball and Joash converted from 12 yards.
The Magpies were starring down the barrel of a comprehensive defeat when Khan was sent clear and rounded Chapman to roll home Hanworth's second.
The home side were thrown a lifeline when Boniface was brought down in the area but, before Farren converted from the spot, they were reduced to 10 men when Mulley was dismissed following a verbal altercation. The Magpies pressed hard to preserve their unbeaten record in the final 15 minutes but the best chances fell to the visitors on the counter-attack, with Makobe shooting wide and Poeczbauer denied by the legs of Chapman.
On Monday evening Brandon Curtis was on target for the Magpies as the side were held 2-2 by Binfield u18s. Joshua Harris and Lucias Vine netted for the home side.
They're set to visit fifth placed Ascot United this evening (Thursday).
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