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UKAF Footballers Defeated In Final Kentish Cup Warm-Up Match

They were beaten 4-0 by Bristol City's under 23s team.

The UK Armed Forces football team have lost their final warm-up game before this year's Kentish Cup 4-0 to Bristol City's under 23s.

UKAF are the reigning champions of the Kentish Cup, kicks off in just over a month's time.

In a goalless first half, the players held their own on the pitch and had several chances against a talented City side.

In the second period, UKAF attempted a more expansive style of play, but conceded soon after the restart.

Sam Bell headed in the first and second goals of the match from close range - the first came after an effort rebounded off the crossbar and the second a powerful header from cross.

City's third came following an error by the UKAF goalkeeper losing the ball on the edge of his penalty error, leaving Ricardo Rees to slide the ball past a defender on the line.

The fourth and final goal of the match was an own-goal after a City's cross found its way into the back of the net off a UKAF head.

UKAF lost their first Kentish Cup warm-up match to the University of South Wales earlier this month - their first defeat in over a year.

Flight Sergeant Nic De-Long, UKAF head coach said: "We want to play against professional footballers because we believe they're the right test for the Kentish Cup."

After the match he reflected on the outcome of the game:

"We made a number of individual errors but as a group, the message is 'do the basics brilliantly' - and we didn't do the basics very well at all, so we were punished."

A fortnight ago, the team lost 4-1 to the University of South Wales.

In four consecutive years, the team have not yet lost a Kentish Cup match.

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