Angels U13s go down to powerful Deres
Knocked out at semi-final stage of Viatex Cup
Angels made the trip up to Kidbrooke South London to face their toughest challenge of the season a semi- final of the Viatex cup against Erith & Belvedere. The boys knew the Erith team contained a number of lads 6ft plus and that they used these players to their strength and would knock a lot of balls into our box from kicks an throw ons. Angels had prepared for this and managed to compete pretty evenly for the first 15 minutes. Toby Kent had clashed heads as early as the first few minutes but lead the back line bravely with Jack Balcombe, Kian Austin, Chester Smith and Luke O’Grady in goal. The first goal coming following their throw in specialist launching the ball into the box, Angels managed to clear but the Erith player on the edge of the box firing a great strike into the bottom corner. Angels continued to try and play their style of football, Kian Austin constantly showing as an outlet from left back but the second goal came just before half time, very similar to the first a great strike firing into the top corner.
Angels made changes at half time and tried to attack Erith down the flanks but the midfield was largely bypassed, Erith playing to their strengths. Angels defence were brilliant Joe Rowe coming into centre back and winning a number of big challenges, Toby Kent magnificent through-out and Kian Austin always looking to play out. The third goal arrived 10 mins into the second half and effectively sealed the game, Erith adding a fourth later. Toby Kent was forced to come off with injury and David Howie dropping in to partner Rowe. Howie clearing a number of late efforts off the line and Luke O’Grady making a couple of great saves, the Angels boys kept going to the end and never gave up.
Angels knew it would be a big task, but the current physical gap was just a little too big. But there were a number of positives, especially the boys that don’t relish this type of game all stood up to be counted, threw themselves into challenges they knew would hurt and most importantly the team always tried to play our style of football.
Next week we are back to league games and have a number of games to catch up on. At home to Tun Wells Forresters.