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Sun 10 Sep 10:30 - League Full time

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Comprehensive victory at Whyteleafe

Angels travelled to Whyteleafe for their second game of season after their hard fought opener against Danson last week. Angels started much brighter this week dominating the early possession the back four of Smith, Murphy, T Kent, and Hermitage looking very comfortable, Whyteleafe’s only real threat coming down the right side but Hermitage defending well and restricting to the odd long shot which were never going to threaten Gibb in goal.

Angels midfield were passing the ball around very well Howie, Tyrie and Wilkins completely on top and Austin and Lansdowne starting to get in behind the Whyteleafe defence. Billy Kent continued to cause problems upfront for the host’s and never allowed their defence time on the ball, Whyteleafe were now struggling to get the ball out of their half with their keeper making a couple of good saves from Kent after Austin had done well to get the ball into the box. With about 10 mins left Angels finally made the breakthrough Kent winning the ball on the edge of the area for Lansdowne to smash an unstoppable first time shot into the top left corner. Tyrie then fired a free kick inches wide but for all of Angels possession it looked like they were going to come in at half time with just the one goal. Angels had already won several corners which Austin and Lansdowne had delivered well but Angels had failed to force home. In the last minute Angels won a final corner which would be the last kick of the half and Austin put in a worldie of a delivery that Howie towered at the back post to power home a fantastic goal adding to his winner from last week and Angels went in at half time 2-0 up.

Angels made a couple of subs at half time Balcombe and Wates coming on and Angels continued to dominate proceedings. Kent continued to drive at the Whyteleafe defence and was again involved in the third goal, this time the ball falling for new signing Wilkins to get his first goal for the Angels and fire home. Alec Raffelt had once again come on in a midfield role and continued to look effortless never giving the ball away and carrying forward when needed. Balcombe and Hermitage always wanted the ball at full back with Balcombe and Wates combing very well together, Wates was starting to cause real problems down the right side. Howie and Tyrie had now moved into defence and Whyteleafe were struggling to get any possession.

The fourth goal came from great passing passage again, Wilkins capping off a majestic performance firing his second in off the post. The game had turned quite niggly frustration from a couple of the Whyteleafe players, Smith had taken a forearm in the face but his and the team’s reaction typified this young angels team and made the coaching staff very proud. Angels continued to play their style of football, Nat Gibb even wanting the ball played to his feet from throw-ons, new signing Connor Murphy who has come into the team as centre back had now gone back on as left sided attack and swung in some great deliveries from corners, Ben Hermitage seeing his header cleared off the line.

The fifth goal was a wonder strike from Dan Wates who continued his good run of scoring from last season, again following great work from Billy Kent, who although didn’t get on the score sheet added the dimension to his game the coaching staff have been trying to develop. A great team performance from the Angels.

Team - Nat Gibb, Jack Balcombe, Ben Hermitage, Connor Murphy, Toby Kent, Chester Smith, Dan Wates, Alec Raffelt, Toby Lansdowne, Jack Wilkins, David Howie, Joe Tyrie, Kian Austin, Billy Kent

Next week the team are away again to Sevenoaks 10.30 KO

Report from Todd Tyrie

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