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U21 Development - Match centre

Tonbridge Angels
Lingfield
Sat 25 Aug 15:00 - League Full time

Under-21s build on opening day success

Back-to-back wins after Longmead win

The Angels were looking to build on their opening day win with a home success. The players were keen to get out on the excellent surface and play the football they enjoy.

It once again took time for the guys to get into a rhythm but once they did, it was a spell in the game that saw them take a 3-0 lead. Sam Jones opening the scoring with a front post header from a corner (from the training ground) that flew in at the back post. Five minutes later Sam Jones earned another penalty when he was brought down in the box. After last week's successful penalty he stepped up again and placed the ball home for his and the teams second goal.

Lingfield looked shell-shocked and the Angels took advantage of this by adding a third goal five minutes before the break with Dane Luchford breaking the offside trap the find himself one-on-one with the Lingfield goalkeeper before placing his shot comfortably into the bottom right corner.

3-0 at half time and in control of the game, the half time team talk was a cautious one to try and avoid complacency.

Despite this the second half was to be a nervous affair with Lingfield coming out with a four man front line and nothing to lose by trying to get back into the game. The Angels' players backed off and allowed Lingfield to play and it was only a matter of time before the visitors scored and when the ball dropped to a Lingfield striker in the box he fired past Tom Day who had no chance of saving.

The lesson was not learned and the Angels allowed more pressure and after 20 minutes of the second half, it was from a corner for Lingfield that was headed in that woke the Angels back up and was now a test to see if they could respond to the pressure and attacking threat that Lingfield now possessed.

The response came from Dominic Toussaint who once again broke down the left and cut into the box, beating two players before driving the ball into the net. Celebrations of relief showed the passion and togetherness that is starting to build in the squad, however, it was short lived as Lingfield were not yet finished.

A nervy 10 minutes were to follow as almost straight away Lingfield pulled another goal back. At 4-3 it was backs against the wall until the final whistle and a sigh of relief from everyone once that came. There are lessons to be learnt from this display but a resolute performance in the end that adds to the experience of the young Angels.

We now look ahead to what is a top of the table clash with Sevenoaks after they also won their first two matches.

Team:
1. Tom Day
2. Gareth Austin
3. Norley Botaka
4. Lekan Ejiwumni
5. Emmanuel Offin Amankah
6. Ristel Benz
7. Reis Bren
8. Stevie Panayi
9. Dane Luchford
10. Sam Jones
11. Dominic Toussaint

12. Kobie Ambrose
14. Dom Welsh
15. Will Dumbili
16. Chris Bright
17. Gideon Donkor

Goals: Sam Jones (2), Dominic Toussaint and Dane Luchford

Report from Chris Wye

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