Under 13s - Match centre

Sevenoaks
Tonbridge Angels
Sun 12 Mar 11:00 - League Full time

Angels U13s maintain second spot

Brace for George Walker

Angels made the short trip to Sevenoaks for this week’s league match and returned with a tough 3 points, remaining second in the table.

The pitch was very narrow and Sevenoaks packed the midfield keeping the game very tight. The opening 10 minutes were very even, Sevenoaks enjoyed good possession in the middle but were unable to get behind the Angels defence or create any chances and Nat Gibb was always quick to sweep up off his line. Angels looked the most likely to score, Billy Kent lead the attack and was dangerous when the ball was played in behind. The first real chance fell to Dan Wates and good win in midfield by Tyrie fed the ball to Lansdowne who crossed brilliant for Wates who arrived to side foot a volley inches wide. Angels were now dominating the game, David Howie immense in midfield winning every challenge and Hermitage getting good possession out wide. Hermitage had the beating of his marker and was brought down cynically several times by very poor challenges, Angels probably should have taken the lead before half time, a couple of good chances from corners whipped in by Hermitage and a mix up at the back but Angels failed to capitalise and went in half time at 0-0.
 
Angels made several changes, Walker coming on for Billy Kent, Kian Brown for Wates and Joe Rowe for Balcombe. Howie and Tyrie continued to boss the midfield and a quick throw from Howie lead to the first goal George Walker running in behind the defence and superbly lobbing the goal keeper. Hermitage who had been struggling following the early challenges came off and Alex Raffelt went to right back with Chester Smith moving back into midfield.
 
Angels were now completely on top Sevenoaks had to open up a little to get a goal back and there was now more space. Kian Brown winning a couple of great challenges and feeding Walker and Smith and Lansdowne tearing down the left. Sevenoaks were still dangerous on the break but Raffelt, Toby Kent, Joe Rowe and Kian Austin never really looked troubled and Gibb was always there to sweep up behind any time the ball went over the top. Angels really needed a second goal to make the game safe and almost had it following a corner, the ball coming out to Howie on the edge of the box to hit a wonder volley that almost broke the post. Howie was everywhere and put in a man of the match performance and probably his best game for Angels.
 
The second goal came from great play from the back, Gibb played the ball out to Kian Austin who faked to come inside and then played a lovely ball to set Walker away, Walker composed himself and then brilliantly slipped the ball pass the keeper making the finish look a lot more easier than it was. With about 5 mins left Angels won a free kick which Tyrie curled over the wall and crashed onto the cross bar, Sevenoaks battled to the end and forced a couple of corners and free kicks but the defence was superb and held out for the second clean sheet in a row.
 
Next week Angels are away to Langton Green at Tonbridge Wells Grammar 3G pitch 3.15 ko
 
Team Gibb, Austin, Balcombe, T Kent, Smith, Hermitage, Tyrie, Howie, Wates, Lansdowne, B Kent – subs Rowe, Walker, Brown, Raffelt
 

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