U16s exit Kent County Cup
Shortage of players proves the difference
On Sunday the Under 16s went out of the Kent County Cup at the Last 16 stage at Westerham FC.
Tonbridge literally faced an uphill battle right from the start, kicking off from the bottom of the sloped pitch and only able to field ten players. However the Angels were clearly the more superior of the two sides and opted for a risky attacking strategy against the hosts, who boasted the full complement of 11 with substitutes.
That strategy could have paid early dividends but Alfie Barclay was unable to get a shot away from a couple of half-chances just inside the box, and the fleet-footed Nik Ithier curled a delicate chip from close range onto the crossbar.
Midway through the half the hosts took the lead on the counter attack, and a succession of corners for the Angels came to nothing, and Westerham took full advantage, breaking from one corner to force a shot at goal, only for Fred Johns’ goalline clearance to cannon in the net off the unfortunate Rory Benham.
Tonbridge again attacked from the kick off, but were once again hit on the break to go 3-0 down leaving them with a mountain to climb, but they gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a corner being headed in at the far post by the impressive Luca Nwanosike.
For the second half the Angels swapped goalkeepers with Benham going between the sticks and Josh Fisher moving outfield. Nine minutes into the half Dylan Orr-Brown drove in a shot to reduce the arrears to 3-2. This proved to be the last time either defence was breached, with Tonbridge legs beginning to tire. Frustration built up among the team with Rob Myles and skipper Harvey Robinson being yellow carded for dissent, and when the game was brought to an end Myles received a second yellow for dissent after the final whistle.
Team: Fisher, Benham, Robinson, Johns, Nwanosike, Watson, Orr-Brown, Barclay, Myles, Ithier.