U21s first time clean sheet
Hope after challenging pre-season
Tonbridge Angels took their improved second half performance against Cray Valley into their first home Suburban League Premier Division game and earned a very well deserved goalless draw on Saturday against Metropolitan Police.
The Met have, for a number of years, put competitive teams onto the pitch below the first team level as the Angels can testify having lost cup finals at both Suburban League and Ryman Under-18 levels in the last couple of years.
Following the opening game against Cray Valley which was lost 4-0 it was obvious that lessons had to be learnt and management and players knew there had to be changes made.
So on a very warm, sunny day at Longmead, the team took to the field with a positive attitude despite knowing that they faced a very strong Met Police side.
A late call was made via social media as the Angels were left without a goalkeeper the day before the match. A Portuguese lad, Claudio Santos, answered the call to take his place between the sticks.
The Angels continued with the change of shape and formation that had served them well in the second period at Cray Valley. The team focused on using wide players to their full potential with Moses Alugonza and Jordan James tasked to supply the service from the wide areas for Samuel Oyeniran spearheading the attack and captain Ebun Obudonojo operating in the hole behind the main striker.
A very competitive game ensued with the Tonbridge back four doing very well to keep the Police at bay. Hearts went in mouths though prior to the break when a terrific goal line clearance kept the scoreline goalless.
Although the Under-21s have come out of this game still looking for their first win they showed great promise for the future with a strong back four and a creative midfield.
Gary Wright, standing in for Chris Wye, commented after the game that the atmosphere in the dressing room following the game was a very happy one and that the point had been well-deserved.
If you cannot make it down to Faversham this Saturday for the FA Cup tie, why not venture down to Longmead and lend your support to the Under-21s who play Royston Town with a 3 o’clock kick off.
Thanks to Wink Tomkinson and Gary Wright for this report