Under-18s make light of heavy conditions
By Wink Tomkinson
Angels overcome K Sports
Tonbridge Angels U18s battled not only a big, well organised K Sports side but also a pitch that negated the efforts of both sides to play decent football. After an indifferent opening three months of the season in which player availability proved a problem, results of late have picked up and this win takes their unbeaten run to five games.
A more powerfully built K Sports side initially adapted better to the heavy conditions and a Tonbridge defender needed to clear from the goal line in the early minutes. Slowly the home side literally found their feet and a cross to the head of Ned Snowden-Lewis brought a save, low to his right, from the K Sports goalkeeper.
The Angels’ goalkeeper, 16-year-old Josh Leese made a good save after 20 minutes and throughout the game his handling was excellent.
Both sides created one good chance during the first half. After 23 minutes, Angels’ Nick Ithier sent Elliott Smith clear but he steered his shot wide of the post and Leese made a fine stop at the feet of a K Sports attacker on the half hour.
Into the second half and Tonbridge opened the scoring after 54 minutes when a clearance fell at the feet of Bradley Austin whose shot from 20 yards found the top corner.
K Sports responded well and it came as no surprise when they equalised after 63 minutes. A through ball sent the goalscorer clear to finish confidently.
The game was very even through the second half with the pitch looking like it would be the ultimate winner, but with nine minutes remaining a strong run down the left from Snowden-Lewis ended with a cross to the far post and the waiting Austin to convert.
Tonbridge wrapped up the game in the last minute when a run from Austin down the right saw the ball crossed into Charlie Bowles who touched it on for Snowden-Lewis to finish.