Long trip to Margate for Ladies proves fruitless
Player availability a key factor
The Ladies returned to league action with their furthest way trip of the season but it was a fruitless journey as they were beaten by four goals without reply. The depleted Angels, missing four key players through work commitments and injuries, struggled from the outset to match an impressive Margate side who set a high tempo and showed some outstanding pace in attack.
That pace was evident with the opening goal which came after eight minutes, Poppy Green on the right getting behind the Angels defence and powering a shot past Edwards. The lead was doubled in the 20th minute when a great run down the right resulted in a cross which met the head of Gate’s top scorer Kara Richardson at the far post. The Angels’ best chance came in first-half injury time, Becky Janes sending an inch-perfect through ball with the outside of her boot to Abbie Skilton whose shot was blocked by the onrushing Margate keeper.
Angels continued to battle hard in a scrappy second half but it was clear the third goal would decide matters and it went the way of the home side on the hour. Jodie Coombes was judged to have brought down a Margate forward in the box and Beth Cooper fired in the spot kick. Four minutes later it was 4-0, Tonbridge again outdone by a move down their left side and the cross evaded everyone except Richardson who was again available at the far post to score.
Tonbridge showed great character in producing a controlled performance in the final 20 minutes but were unable to gain a goal that their efforts deserved. They’ll be hoping for better luck in the next two games where there are scores to be settled with sides they have been beaten by away from home. First up are second-placed Vinters on Sunday followed by the return fixture with Margate on February 26th. Both matches will be 2pm kick offs at Tonbridge Farm.
Team: Tracy Edwards, Leanne Foster, Nancy Syrett, Cecilie Mathiasen, Bethany Kemp, Charlotte Coulter, Kelly Moran, Courtney Smith, Abigail Skilton, Rebecca Janes, Heidi Archer. Subs: Helena Fothergill, Jodie Coombes.