Angels Ladies bow out of Boux Avenue Cup
"Resilient Performance" - Boss Dan Couldridge
Tonbridge Angels Ladies enjoyed a taste of the big time when they were pitted against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the Ryman Women's Cup.
The Quarter Final match was played under the light's at Cheshunt FC's Theobalds Lane ground and despite the travel involved there was still a healthy contigent of Angels fans making up the attendance of 44.
There was always going to be a wide gulf in quality between the two sides with five leagues seperating Tonbridge and their illustrious opposition and so it proved with the hosts racing into a seven-goal lead within the first 24 minutes. With some slight tweaks to the team's shape, the remainder of the first-half was far less one-sided and Spurs went into the half-time break with an eight goal lead.
It was the stuff of dreams for Tonbridge shortly after the break when they managed to breach the Tottenham defence for the first and only time. After a rare attack, the Spurs keeper launched her drop kick straight to Rebecca Janes, who squared for Abigail Skilton to hit a first-time shot into the net from 25 yards.
Tonbridge continued to belie their status for the next 20 minutes, conserving their second half 'lead' while continuing to break forward in hope of a second goal. However the hosts finally opened their second half account with two goals midway through the half to reach double figures. With Angels legs tiring the final ten minutes were particularly laborious for the team with Tottenham stretching the scoreline to eventually win 14-1.
With Tottenham reaching double figures for the third time this season the Tonbridge team - which only began playing competitive games two months ago - was able to return to Kent with heads held high.
Manager of the Angels Ladies Dan Couldridge tweeted after the game : "So proud of the team for their resilient and passionate performance against Spurs Ladies. Amazing how far we've come."
Team: Edwards, Foster, Syrett (sub Archer), Fothergill (sub Stephens), Kemp, Coulter, Saxby, Gilden, Skilton (sub White), Janes, Smith. Subs not used: Carter, James.