Under-21s suffer at Dockers' homecoming
By Wink Tomkinson
Ex-Angel fires Erith Town to pre-season win against youthful Angels
Tonbridge Angels Under-21 side were well beaten against Southern Counties East side Erith Town, who were celebrating their return to Erith Athletics Stadium which they left to groundshare at Thamesmead and VCD five years ago.
The Erith manager, Adam Woodward, has recruited well during the summer and his team, which included ex-Angels Adrian Stone and Scott Whibley, is expected to be challenging around the higher reaches of the SCEFL Premier.
The Angels' side featured Stuart Copeland in goal in a team that was made-up entirely of players under the age of 20.
Unfortunately, no team sheet was available from Erith Town so reference to their players can only be made by number, although I am pretty sure the scorer of a second half hat-trick was Stone.
Neither side fashioned much in terms of chances before the Dockers went in front after 19 minutes when a cross from the right found their number seven unmarked to fire into the bottom corner.
Tonbridge worked their way back into the game and Dominic Toussaint and Ristel Benz tested the home goalkeeper.
Copeland saved well to his left and Erith hit a post before the number 10 opened up a tap-in for the number 9 to make it 2-0.
Into the second half, Tonbridge forced ex-Angels Under-18 goalkeeper Lewis Mitchell, into a couple of saves but conceded to Stone, who scored with a tap-in on 59 minutes, a goal after 74 minutes that appeals for offside went unheard and a 76th minute penalty.
Tonbridge line-up was: 1. Stuart Copeland, 2. Ciaran Nadison-Singh, 3. Tim Oledeju, 4. Dominic Welsh, 5. Lekan Ejiwumni, .6. Ollie Harrison, 7. Jacob Wright, 8. Charlie Dumas, 9. Dominic Toussaint, 10. Chris Lambert, 11. Ristel Benz, 12. Jacob Lambert, 13. Gareth Austin, 14. Chris Bright, 15. Harry Hudson, 16. Nick Ithier, 17. Alfie Barclay, 18. Zak Wolvey.