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Long Lane Development
Tonbridge Angels
Unknown (32')
Full time
F Anastasiou (26'), B Janes (44')
Sun 7 Jan 14:00 - League

Important win for Ladies against Long Lane Development

Angels close in on top two finish

Tonbridge Angels Ladies made great strides in their bid to secure a top-two league placing on Sunday, by beating closest rivals Long Lane Development 2-1 at Kidbrooke.

A number of players had fallen ill during the week but fortunately the Angels were still able to field a near-full strength squad while the hosts had faced similar problems leading up to the game and as a result were only able to field ten players on the day. However those ten were more than a match for the Tonbridge squad who were made to battle for all the points right to the end.

One gamble was made in selection with defender Flo Anastasiou switched to right-wing, this paid off in the 26th minute when Lauryn Underhill played the ball across for Anastasiou to curl a shot in off the far post from the angle, her first goal for the club.

Long Lane Development (1) v Angels Ladies (2) SECWFL Kent Div 1 07.01.18. by David Couldridge
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The scores were levelled within six minutes as a momentary lapse of concentration at the back allowed the home team back into the game. Underhill looked to have shrugged off a marker inside her own half only for a strong tackle to see the ball cleared behind the Tonbridge centre-backs, and the Long Lane forward finished cleanly from a one-on-one with Sam Wright.

Tonbridge regained the lead just before half-time when Nancy Syrett’s corner was collected by Becky Janes, who found the bottom corner from 15 yards out.

It had been a high-tempo first half but the pace of the game slowed significantly in the second and clear-cut chances were few and far between for either side. This suited the Angels perfectly, defending a narrow lead against ten players, and their best chances came from counter-attacks, but a strong showing from Lorrie Hyland in the Long Lane goal prevented the visitors from extending the lead.

The 2-1 win means the Angels now require just three wins from the last five games to guarantee themselves a top two finish. There’s no game next Sunday afternoon, and the team now has a fortnight to prepare for a Kent County Plate Quarter Final at home to Glebe on January 21st.

Team: Wright, Foster, Syrett, Moran ©, Lyons, Fothergill, Anastasiou, Smith, Akehurst, Janes, Gibb. Subs: Underhill, Jarvis, Archer, Weston.a

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Key moments

26:00
Goal Flo Anastasiou scores for Tonbridge Angels
32:00
Goal Goal for Long Lane Development
44:00
Goal Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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85:00 Sub Off
Kelly Moran is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
85:00 Sub On
Flo Anastasiou is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
81:00 Sub On
Heidi Archer is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
81:00 Sub Off
Nancy Syrett is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
75:00 Sub Off
Flo Anastasiou is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
75:00 Sub On
Becky Jarvis is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
68:00 Sub On
Maisie Gibb is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
68:00 Sub Off
Lauryn Underhill is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 1 - 2
Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
44:00 Assist
Nancy Syrett makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
36:00 Sub Off
Courtney Smith is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
36:00 Sub On
Megan Akehurst is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
32:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Long Lane Development
26:00 Goal 0 - 1
Flo Anastasiou scores for Tonbridge Angels
26:00 Assist
Lauryn Underhill makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
25:00 Sub Off
Maisie Gibb is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
25:00 Sub On
Alex Weston is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
20:00 Sub Off
Megan Akehurst is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
20:00 Sub On
Lauryn Underhill is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Long Lane Development
  • Tonbridge Angels
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  • Megan Akehurst Sub Off 20:00'
  • Lauryn Underhill Sub On 20:00'
  • Maisie Gibb Sub Off 25:00'
  • Alex Weston Sub On 25:00'
  • Flo Anastasiou Goal 26:00'
  • Lauryn Underhill Assist 26:00'
  • Goal 32:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Sub On 36:00'
  • Courtney Smith Sub Off 36:00'
  • Becky Janes Goal 44:00'
  • Nancy Syrett Assist 44:00'
  • Maisie Gibb Sub On 68:00'
  • Lauryn Underhill Sub Off 68:00'
  • Flo Anastasiou Sub Off 75:00'
  • Becky Jarvis Sub On 75:00'
  • Heidi Archer Sub On 81:00'
  • Nancy Syrett Sub Off 81:00'
  • Kelly Moran Sub Off 85:00'
  • Flo Anastasiou Sub On 85:00'

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