Strong performance by U14s as they beat Whyteleafe
Could have been bigger margin
Angels 5 Whyteleafe 1
Angels were at home on Sunday to Whyteleafe in the league and had a full squad available. Angels started off very strongly dominating from the outset and created a number of chances that they were unable to convert, their keeper pulling off a number of good saves from the frontline of Lansdowne, Hermitage and Billy Kent.
Angels finally made the breakthrough from a set piece from Austin, Austin curling a great delivery from out wide and fantastic run across the keeper from Lansdowne did enough to allow the free kick to go straight in. Angels then adding a second from a corner that was cleared but Wilkins showing fantastic technique hitting a lovely controlled sided foot volley for his fifth goal of the season.
Angels were in total control with Whyteleafe struggling to get any good possession in the Angels half but then won a free kick on the edge of the box. The Whyteleafe player managed to get the ball over the wall and squeezing in at the near post. Angels continued to create chances and frustratingly looked like coming in just 2-1 up but then on the stroke of half time Kent chased down a ball wriggled passed one defender and squared superbly for Lansdowne to finish clinically.
Half time and the Angels 3-1 up but very lethargic, knowing they should have been out of sight. With a string of critical games coming up Angels know they need to become more ruthless in front of goal. The centre back pairing of Balcombe and Murphy is continuing to develop well, Balcombe having one of his best games of the season. Second half and Angels started to move the ball around better, the pitch was bobbly but Angels moved the ball on much better. Toby Kent started to stretch the opposition down the right side and put in some great crosses. Smith started picking up the ball from right back and combining well with Kent and Wates. Tyrie continued to hold the midfield and put in a couple of big challenges and Howie continued to break when he could and it was Howie that scored the fourth driving into the box and being brought down. Howie stepped up and cooly slotted the penalty away.
Angels started to flow much better second half. Whyteleafe really only creating the one good chance but a fantastic block by Austin denied the opportunity. Angels added d a fifth goal by Dan Wates, Whytelefeafe failing to clear and Wates smashing home, and despite a couple of half chances for Raffelt, Kent and Hermitage the game finished 5-1.
Angels face a tough Sevenoaks team next week, another side steadily improving.
Team Gibb, Balcombe, Murphy, Smith, Austin, Howie, Tyrie, Wilkins, Hermitage, Lansdowne, B Kent, Wates, T Kent, Raffelt.