U16s suffer narrow defeat at Lordswood
Early strike settles outcome
Players turned up in good spirits expecting a good performance and good result, hoping to restart our season after a few tough results. However this turned into another frustrating day, as we endured a painful 1-0 loss.
After a slow scrappy start to the game from both sides, Angels gradually started to build their way into the game. Tom Watson tried his luck from range, but the shot flew just over. We were keeping the ball much better and had Lordswood pushed right back, however chances were proving tough to come by. The passing lacked the necessary sharpness to cut through the opposition numbers.
After an Angels attack broke down near the opponents box, the Lordswood players recognised an opportunity to counter attack. Breaking quickly down their left side, although it looked like George Nyman had done enough to slow the attack down the Lordswood player squeezed a cross in, and after a scuffed clearance at the back post the ball was calmly passed into the goal.
The players were in disbelief, and took a while to recover. When they did a chance materialised for Luca, facing away from goal he tried to swivel and shoot, however it was straight at the keeper.
The second half saw more sustained pressure from Angels, with only occasional counter attacks from Lordswood. A change of shape to 3-5-2 allowed Angels to get even more players in attaching areas. Although chances came and went we couldn't find a way through.
One notable incident in the game came in the second half when the referee talked to the Lordswood linesman, who had been very quick to give offside calls, and a replacement linesman had to be found.
Another frustrating and disappointing day for Tonbridge Angels U16s, who are going to have to work hard to overcome some disappointing form.
Next week the angels are Home to Maidstone United in the league 10:30 kickoff at the Wrotham 3G.