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Under 13s - Match centre

Kings Hill
Tonbridge Angels
Sun 11 Mar 11:00 - League Full time

Angels U13s go down in crucial contest

Second half collapse costly

This weekend Angels u13's had a crucial game in our battle to finish 5th and reach are pre season targets. 5th is a lowly target, however a first season as a team presented different challenges in which the top four didn't have in front of them. A realistic aim.

The first half was a real tactical battle , Angels lining up with a 3-5-2, and KH with a 4-3-3. Kings Hill keen to get the ball wide at every opportunity and test our wings backs 2 v 1 . However Angels were happy to allow Kings Hill the ball deep without allowing penetration.

The first 20 minutes past with both team cancelling each other out, both restricted to half chances. Angels were unable to find there passing rhythm. 22 minutes passed and a through ball over the top from the Kings Hill left allowed a pacey Kings Hill striker to pounce, the ball stopped dead in the 'sand pit' i the penalty box leaving GK Matt Larkin stranded, the striker slotted away nicely.

This sparked a fantastic response from the Angels. A back three of Hodges, Wallis and Walker now wide awake the the opposition threats. Wings backs Kirkby and Monaghan struggling to get passed the halfway line due to high Kings Hill wide players. A midfield 3 of Munns, Dennis and Hollamby now starting to put passes together and win battles whilst Lavington and AK began to run Kings Hill defence ragged.

The Angels equaliser came 5 minutes after the opener, some good build up player from the back saw Munns float a ball in from deep, flicked on by Dennis who picked out AK, a low finish from the forward saw the Angels level. This only spurred the blues on even more. 6 minutes later, almost on the strike of half time it was the Angels striking again, this time a fantastic piece of high pressing play saw Angels win it high, a super through ball by substitute Hamza-Goodacre picked out the pace of AK who smashed the ball into the top left corner from a tight angle .

HT 2-1 Angels.

After a positive half time team talk, Angels came out with the belief they could win this game. However what unfolded shocked everyone.

Angels conceded 5 sloppy goals in which were extremely uncharacteristic of The Angels defence in recent weeks. Conceding an own goal in which should have been cleared moments before within 4 minutes of the second half unsettled the team. Another went in just 9 minutes later. 3-2 Kings Hill and heads were beginning to go down . This second half performance completely uncharacteristic of a high spirited team. The next 15 minutes saw another 3 goals go past helpless Larkin. A second half collapse meaning Angels can now only finish 6th realistically. Despite the second half collapse, Angels through everything at the final 10 minutes but just couldn't find an opening.

With 4 games still to go , the Angels will be looking to finish strong, we still have lots to play for. Personal targets, team targets and measuring our development. Next week we face Ebbsfleet who we played our very first competitive game against this season, a 3-1 loss. This will show how far we have come as a team.

Further tests against unbeaten Glebe, and finishing with Kings Hill and Greenway aces, there will be no tailing off, looking to finish strong and capitalise on anyway Kings Hill slip up.

Always positives to take!! And would also like to take this moment to congratulate Welling on this weekend Kent Cup triumph over Sevenoaks... and best of luck to Glebe and Sevenoaks in this weeks league cup final!! Having 3 teams battling it out against each other in both cup finals all from our division shows the strength we are up against. And a credit to the boys development this season so far.

Report: Dom Welsh
Library picture: Wink Tomkinson

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