U13s triumph in A21 Derby
Angels made to work hard for win
Tonbridge Angels 4 Sevenoaks 2
Tonbridge Angels U13’s hosted local rivals Sevenoaks at Longmead on Sunday in their 1st league game between each other this season. Tonbridge started the brighter of the two teams and took the lead early on, Hermitage playing the ball inside to Tyrie who clipped over the top for Billy Kent to run onto and exquisitely lob the Sevenoaks keeper.
Sevenoaks had started with five in midfield and were happy to soak up the early pressure, looking to catch Angels on the break. When Sevenoaks did manage to get behind Toby Kent was always on hand to sweep up any danger and his reading of the game has progressed impressively this season. The equaliser came from a free kick some distance out, the Sevenoaks player swinging the ball in and it dipping just under the bar. Angels then continued to dominate possession Howie and Tyrie coping with the extra man in midfield and Angels winning a number of corners again well delivered by Austin and Lansdowne but failing to capitalise, Howie unlucky to see a great header go over. The Sevenoaks defence held out strongly but Angels took the lead again before half time a neat pass by Balcombe and a lovely cushioned lay off by Smith allowing Tyrie to bend a first time shot in off the far post.
Second half and Angels made three changes Rowe coming in for Raffelt, Wates for Smith and Walker for Billy Kent. The game continued to be played at quite a slow pace a few good moves down the left side by Angels and a couple of great wins by Joe Rowe in defence. Angels got the third following some great pressing by Dan Wates nicking the ball and drawing a foul in a good central position. Toby Lansdowne’s wand of a left foot putting the ball in the top corner giving the goalie no chance, a fantastic free kick. That seemed to revitalise Angels a little and they enjoyed a very good spell Dan Wates continuing his great scoring streak adding a fourth goal, popping up in the box to stab home from a corner.
Angels made further changes Kian Brown coming on in midfield and showing sublime vision to try and lob the goal keeper from just inside his own half the ball just sailing over and then dancing between three defenders to see his shot blocked. Sevenoaks always looked dangerous on the break and scored a fantastic second goal a lovely one two in midfield and the striker finishing very well one on one with Nat Gibbs. Sevenoaks were now starting to dominate possession with Angels looking to break Walker unluckily judged to have fouled the last defender when through on goal and Kian Austin hitting an outrageous effort that struck the cross bar. However, it was Sevenoaks that should have really scored a third, Gibbs just doing enough to put the Striker off which would have made for a nervy last 5 minutes with Sevenoaks finishing strongly.
Team - Gibbs, Austin, Balcombe, Raffelt, Kent T, Hermitage, Tyrie, Howie, Smith, Lansdowne, Kent B subs - Walker, Brown, Wates and Rowe.
Next week Angels are at home again against Kings Hill 11am KO