Under-21s well beaten at Cray Valley PM
By Wink Tomkinson
Possession fails to produce goals
Tonbridge Angels’ Under-21 side’s hopes of promotion back to the Suburban League Premier Division from which they were unjustly removed last season received a setback, probably terminal, in this disappointing evening at Cray Valley.
Whilst enjoying more than their share of possession, they were consistently caught on the break by a team with a bit of pace and a physical centre forward.
Tonbridge certainly started the better of the two teams with the Cray goalkeeper, Tom Kemp, making a good save to deny Connor Watson after 11 minutes and another, low to his right, from Luciano Osbourne. When Osbourne was brought down in the box after 20 minutes there were strong claims for a penalty but these were waved away.
After dominating the first half hour, an awful miscommunication between the Angels’ keeper, Ryan Thompson and Emanuele Offin-Ankamah saw the ball misdirected past the goalkeeper for Cray’s centre forward, Steve Karari to run the ball into the net.
Tonbridge continued to dominate possession with Steve Panayi stretching Kemp and Jorge Diez failing to hit the target on a couple of occasions.
Kemp made a brilliant save to thwart Diez in the opening minutes of the second half and had that chance been converted the outcome might well have been different but after 66 minutes a free kick saw the Cray central defender Harry Taylor convert from close range.
Still Tonbridge continued to create and waste chances with substitute Billy Jacobs firing wide after being set up by Osbourne and following a wonderful move and pass from Diez another chance went begging.
Cray wrapped the game up, with a scoreline that was flattering, when Thompson advanced from his box to a ball over the top that he was never going to reach allowing George Palmer to complete the Angels’ misery.