Middlesex U14s coach Chris Ampofo has vowed to learn from the disappointment of his team’s South East England Cup exit.
Ampofo’s side went down 4-1 at Kent on Saturday to end Middlesex’s interest in the competition but the boss says his fledglings will learn from the experience.
He said: “If one of those chances had gone in I think we would have gone on to win the game. It is a new team and we will learn from today and improve.”
The hosts went two goals down early on before Reece Weekes pulled one back finding the corner with a fierce strike following good work from Rasharn Rampton.
Altan Aydin hit the bar from 25 yards out and Ali Alanezi had an effort cleared off the line as Middlesex applied pressure in the second period.
However, Kent scored two late counter-attacking goals to put the game to bed..
Middlesex next face Oxford in the National Cup on November 18 at Milton United FC.
Saturday’s squad also included: Cai Burrows, Tobi Aleshe, Christopher Thorpe, Djinho Itshary, Zacharic Bawabin, TJ Clarke, Joe Ringer, Ethan Stacey and Ahmed Alanezey.
Meanwhile, Middlesex U15s began their season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Kent.
Keeper Rhys Jones was beaten by a great strike from Kent as the visitors took the lead.
But Middlesex fought their way back into the game shortly after conceding with Henry Histon beating the Kent keeper from 16 yards through an excellent curling effort.
The hosts pushed for a winner as Michael Panford and Robbie Joseph came close but had to settle for a well-earned draw.
Harefield Academy’s Ryan Kirwan, Preston Manor High School’s Panford and Ruislip High’s Rawn Seale all put in excellent performances.
The squad also included: Nathan Bishop, Dylan Singh, Jordan Green, Josh Bennai, Ryan Corr, Jack Raines, Shaquille Ishmael, Ashleigh Hibbert and Harry Russell.