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Under 14s - Match centre

Tonbridge Angels
Greenway Aces
Sun 25 Feb 11:00 - League Full time

U14s pick up another three points

Sound preparation brings reward

Angels were at home on Sunday against Greenway Aces from Gravesend. The squad had spent a lot of time analysing last week's defeat and the style of play over the last few months. Angels went into the game determined to move the ball on quicker and not focussed on the result. The pitch had just about managed to thaw but was very bobbly, however the young Angels boys played the ball around very well. Greenway started very defensively on the back of some heavy defeats but had a very useful striker who played up top on his own. Angels back four of Murphy, Balcombe, Smith and Austin looked very comfortable, Murphy in particular playing some very nice balls out of defence in the first half. Tyrie, Hermitage and Wilkins in the middle playing some nice one touch football on the difficult pitch. Landowne and Waites giving Angels the width and Billy Kent working tirelessly up front.

Kent had started to cause the Greenway defence all kinds of problems, not allowing them to settle and running at them with real pace. Greenway had become camped in their half for most of the game, Angels playing with the patience that had been missing in recent games and midway through Angels opened up the scoring. Kent again driving passing two players and delivering a fantastic cross for Lansdowne to latch onto and hammer home the keeper getting a hand to but unable to keep out.

Second half and Angels continued to dominant some fantatstic football between Lansdowne, Hermitage and Howie resulted in Howie adding a second goal. Greenway then having a spell where they were on top but Austin reading the game fantastically made three wonderful interceptions. Then some great wing play by Wates lead to him slipping his marker and then being brought down for a penalty and up stepped Howie to slot away cooly and make 3-0. Angels were now knocking the ball around very well and a brilliant bit of play by Toby Kent in midfield and lovely through ball to Lansdowne sent him through one on one but he just shot wide.

The style of the football on a difficult pitch was the most pleasing for the team and Angels know they face a much stiffer test next week against a very good Larkfield team weather permitting.

Angels are now in 3rd position in the U14s Kent Youth League Central. Please
click here for full table.

Team - Gibb, Austin, Balcombe, Murphy, Smith, Tyrie, Hermitage, Wilkins, Lansdowne, Wates, Kent B, Howie, Kent T, Raffelt

Report from Todd Tyrie

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