Woking 2 Tonbridge Angels U21s 3
Brave rearguard action secures valuable three points
On a chillingly cold evening at Knaphill, Chris Wye’s Under-21 side fought a brave rearguard action to record a second consecutive win and lift them above their hosts in the table. Whilst being ask to defend in depth, their pace on the counter could easily have brought a more decisive scoreline.
Woking started the game brightly and it didn’t need the eyes of a top scout to recognise that their left winger, Reggie Young, was going to be a source of problems for the right side of the Angels’ backline. He set up a chance for Decan Appuh, a mountain of a lad, after eight minutes that goalkeeper, Ibrahim Attiah, did well to tip over and shot wide after skipping past Ciaran Naddison-Singh.
It was somewhat against the run of play when the visitors took the lead from the penalty spot after 16 minutes. Andrew Sesay is a rough diamond that Wye has unearthed and it was his pace that took him into the box to be brought down. Skipper Ryan McFarlane drove the ball to the left of the goalkeeper to open the scoring.
The lead was not to last long. Three minutes later, Appuh was proffered too much time and space to pick his spot into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
The game went into a period of Woking dominance with Young and Appuh at the heart of everything.
On the break, good work from Steve Panayi opened up an opportunity for Sesay that was deflected wide and Sesay set up a chance for Luciano Osbourne to fire over the bar.
In the closing stages of the half, Tonbridge gained some real momentum. Woking goalkeeper, Dimi Kyriateis saved low to his left from Sesay and he tipped over efforts from Jordan James and Osbourne. From the latter's resultant corner, a knock-on found Kobie Ambrose at the far post to strike the ball home giving the Angels a half-time lead.
Into the second half, the pace of Sesay was troubling the Woking defence and in the 52nd minute he took a pass from Osbourne to rifle a shot into the centre of the goal.
Unfortunately, once again, the breathing space of a two goal lead was not to last and five minutes later, Young’s direct running set up a chance for Ross Murdoch which he buried from the edge of the six yard box.
Woking, with half-an-hour left on the clock, set about repairing the damage but resolute defending and some good goalkeeping kept them at bay whilst the Angels’ always looked dangerous on the counter.
Sesay had run himself into the ground by the time he was substituted with nine minutes remaining to be replaced by Charlie Dumas. Tonbridge game-managed the remaining time well with added minutes being added to the added minutes to record consecutive wins that takes them above Woking in the league.
Next Wednesday, the Under-21s are at Longmead when Cray Valley will be the visitors.