Another goal fest for U18s
Sollis bags four in Rams slaughter
Tonbridge Angels U18s cruised to a 8-0 win for the second time in three games, this time against a threadbare Ramsgate side that were unable to name a single substitute.
Sid Sollis returned to the starting line-up scoring four times and could easily have doubled that number with a masterclass in clinical finishing. Jack Fenton weighed in with a hat-trick with Tommy Chapman opening the scoring.
Tonbridge took the lead after six minutes and the floodgates were pretty much opened from that point. A splendid cross from Connor Watson to the far post was headed back across the face of goal for Chapman to sweep the ball home from six yards.
Sollis’ pace was shredding the Rams defence and after 10 minutes his run into the penalty area was brought to an abrupt end as he was brought down. Sollis smashed the penalty straight down the middle to put the Angels two up.
Ramsgate brought a decent save out of Lewis Mitchell when a shot from Corey Halton required the Tonbridge goalkeeper to palm the ball away to safety.
Two goals in three minutes confirmed that this night would be another goalfest when, after 18 minutes, a fine interchange of passes between Sollis and McCreadie set up Jack Fenton to slot home and two minutes later Sollis latched onto a inch perfect pass from Jack Bray to drive past a couple of hapless defenders and fire in a shot that gave the Rams keeper no chance.
Tonbridge did receive a setback after 25 minutes when their captain, Callum Adonis-Taylor was injured and substituted by Louis Pateman.
After 28 minutes, accepting a pass from Ryan Gallifant, Fenton produced a sublime chip over the goalkeeper for the fifth of the evening.
Credit must go to a beleaguered Ramsgate side that responded to force Mitchell into action with two saves from Ollie Harris and Bentley Torrander.
The Ramsgate goalkeeper, Kieron Palmer who, perversely grew in confidence as the goals rained in, made a brilliant save before the break to deny Fenton a first half hat-trick.
The Angels made a half-time substitution, Jack Cussen replacing Ollie Baker with Bray taking over the central defensive position.
Three minutes into the second half, Sollis’ pace once more carved open the Rams defence to finish clinically after being put through by a delightful flick from Liam McCreadie.
After 52 minutes the score became 7-0 when Cussen was denied by a good save from Palmer but Fenton was on hand to complete his hat-trick.
Tonbridge went through a wasteful half-hour and in some ways you felt a little relieved for the visitors that they did.
Of course, it had to be Sollis who had the last word when, with two minutes remaining, he cut in from the right to bury a shot into the bottom corner.
Tonbridge Angels Under-18s are next in action on Thursday evening when they entertain Raynes Park Vale, against whom they scored eight goals last Thursday.
Report from Wink Tomkinson