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Tydeman hungry for more after Merit League opener


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With AFC Wimbledon up next in Merit League One, midfielder Kian Tydeman is keen to continue his current vein of form.

Cherries under-18s emphatically began life in the Merit League last time out with a 4-2 victory away to Swindon Town.

Donning the armband for his side for the first time against the Robins, Tydeman bagged a goal and assist for Dan Carroll’s team.

Reflecting with afcb.co.uk, the 17-year-old said: “I was delighted with the goal and the assist, although I didn’t think it was coming after the first half!

“Luckily, I got it in the second half, so I’m very happy continue the good form I’ve been in recently.

“Hopefully, I can keep going with that!”

The goal contributions away to Town followed a triumphant end to the EFL Youth Alliance campaign for Tydeman and the team.

Picking up the South West division title in the EFL Youth Alliance finale, the Cherries sealed top spot thanks to goals from Daniel Adu-Adjei, Toure Williams and Tydeman.

Now heading into the ten-team Merit League campaign, the Cherries midfielder has his eyes on more success.

“The goal for me personally is to keep performing well and to keep progressing,” he explained.

“I’d like to play some more development squad games and see what happens there.

“Hopefully, I can get some goals and assists with the under-18s, too, and win the league with this team.

“It would be great to have won both leagues by the end of the season.”

The next challenge for Carroll’s side comes in the form of AFC Wimbledon, who picked up a point in their Merit League One opener.

“It’ll be a good game,” Tydeman said on the 11am kick-off at Canford Park Arena.

“I think the last time we played Wimbledon, we won, but they’re a good team so they’ll give us a good game.

“If we play like we did against Swindon, though, I think we’ll be looking good.”

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