U13s secure league runners up spot and raise £172 for Demelza
Great result and terrific fund raising performance
Tonbridge Angels 1 Phoenix Sports 1
Tonbridge Angels hosted Phoenix Sports on Sunday and a hard earned point in difficult conditions means they are now guaranteed to finish second in their first season in the Kent Youth Central Division.
On another blustery day and a very poor surface Angels started the brighter of the two teams and took the lead very early on. David Howie continuing his fine run of form bursting through to slide under the keeper. Angels continued to dominate the early exchanges both sides struggled to string passes together on the pitch and it looked as though the game would be won on who made the most mistakes.
Angels created a number of chances Walker and Lansdowne leading the line and Billy Kent dropping into midfield and putting in a great performance. A second goal looked more likely to come from Kent driving into the box and putting a couple of good balls into the danger area. Moments of quality were few and far between any attempt to carry the ball resulted in the ball bobbling up. Angels defence looked very solid Toby Kent has lead the back line admirably all season and will now be pushed into midfield for the final few games to aid his development. Likewise Kian Austin who has been faultless all season at left back, always wanting the ball and corner deliveries have added another attacking dimension to Angels game. Nat Gibb has now returned to goal and put in a superb performance Sunday, any balls in behind the defence Gibb was quick of his line and his kicking superb. Rowe, Balcombe and Raffelt have rotated well this season in defence and have all had stints in midfield.
Angels went in 1-0 at half time knowing they probably should have scored more, Phoenix had a good shout for a penalty but had largely been restricted to break aways. Howie continued to dominate the midfield putting in another man of the match performance and continued to drive at the Phoneix defence second half. The equaliser came from good work down the left, Angels probably should have stopped the ball being delivered but it found its way across the area for the striker to bundle home. It was a bit unfair on the defence who had been superb all game and Angels had definitely created enough chances to win the game, with 10 minutes still left Angels gave everything to get another goal but good goal keeping and the pitch thwarted a winner for both sides and the game finished 1-1.
With the final whistle both teams competed in a penalty shoot out to raise money for Demelza Children's Hospice Care with ‘Dotty’ the league’s mascot in goal and cheered on by the chairman of the league Ken and his wife Diane. The Tonbridge Angels U13 parents led by Tracy Balcombe had been running a raffle, cake stall, guess the Panda’s name and coffee/ teas all morning. All together raising a fantastic £172 for the Kent Youth League’s Demelza day,
Team Gibb, Austin, Rowe, Kent T, Balcombe, Hermitage, Tyrie, Howie, Kent B, Lansdowne, Walker subs Raffelt, Wates, Brown
Next week the team are away to Danson Sports in Crayford 10.30 KO