Under-21s in opening day success
By Wink Tomkinson
Angels open with a win at Horley
An excited squad arrived at Horley for the first game of the season and everyone was keen to get the campaign started.
Their enthusiasm, however, made for a rushed and rather anxious first 20 minutes until the team settled into a rhythm.
An organised display during the first half led to a game more about possession than chances. Sam Jones and Dom Toussaint both had opportunities to score, however, their shots went the wrong side of the post.
Horley were contained during the first half with Tom Day in goal having little to do as the game ended the half time goalless.
A change in formation for the second half gave the Angels the license to attack more and look to take advantage of a deep lying Horley defence. It was within minutes of the restart that Sam Jones went through on the left of the box and was pulled back by the Horley defender resulting in a penalty and a red card. With Horley down to ten men and Sam Jones slotting home the penalty to take the lead the Angels sensed an opportunity to take real advantage and soon after Dom Toussaint broke through and his shot beat the goalkeeper at the near post with the help of a slight deflection.
With an hour gone, and 2-0 down, Horley made changes and that gave them a boost in attack and they started to make an impact on the Angels box. A cross from the wing saw the new Horley striker beat the defender to the front post and knock the ball in off the bar.
This was to be the only Horley shot on target during the game but with their tails up they tried to mount more pressure on the Angels and get back on level terms.
Substitute striker Chris Bright replaced Sam Jones and after a solo run down the right wing from Gideon Donkor that progressed into the box, the ball fell to Bright who tapped in and settled the game with ten minutes to play.
A good first run out for the young Angels who still have plenty left to give going forward into the next games.
1. Tom Day
2. Ciaran Nadison Singh
3. Norley Botaka
4. Lekan Ejiwumni
5. Emmanuel Offin Amankah
6. Ristel Benz
7. Jack Fenton
8. Stevie Panayi
9. David Gharbi
10. Sam Jones
11. Dominic Toussaint
12. Harold Sanchez
14. Chris Lambert
15. Will Dumbili
16. Chris Bright
17. Gideon Donkor
Goals: Sam Jones (pen), Dominic Toussaint and Chris Bright
Report from Chris Wye