Angels Under-15 are Bear tamers
By Wink Tomkinson
Under-15s score six at Bearsted
The Angel’s Under-15s made the short trip to Bearsted on Sunday with a squad of 16. Kian Austin is still recovering from a pre-season injury and Hayden Exall was missing from the squad.
We changed formation again this week to 3-5-2 and started very strongly on a good pitch with a nice playing surface and the Angels were able to pass the ball around well.
Bearsted dug in well for the opening 15 minutes but it seemed only a matter of time before we made a breakthrough with Toby Lansdowne and Billy Kent fashioning half chances.
The midfield was being completely dominated by Wilkins, Tyrie and Howie, with Hermitage and Smith working the wide channels. The opening goal came after 15 minutes following some good play down the right by Smith sending Howie free down the right who cut in and fired home.
Angels continued to play from the back with Hazelwood, Murphy and Balcombe working the ball and Gibb playing as a sweeper. The second goal followed an interchange between Murphy, Hazelwood and then Smith who fed Billy Kent through on goal to smash home the second. Angels continued to dominate the final 10 minutes with Kent going close with an overhead kick.
Tonbridge made changes a half-time, Lawrence coming on up top; Wates wide right and Nwanosike coming into the middle. The third goal came after 10 minutes, Wates coming onto a ball, hitting first time, Nwanosike forcing a save out of the keeper and Lawrence reacting quickest to side foot into the roof of the net.
Unfortunately Lawrence was shortly forced off with a back injury he has been carrying. Angels were now starting wave after wave of attack. Raffelt had slotted into the back three and didn’t waste a single pass finding Toby Kent, Wates and Wilkins regularly. Hermitage now had acres of space down the left and was causing all kinds of problems and Hermitage adding the fourth goal forcing home.
Angels had looked dangerous at corners all game and Howie added his second from a corner and after Lansdowne was cynically scythed down on the left he whipped in a great cross for Hermitage to head home at the far post and get his second of the game. Smith was unlucky in the final minutes making great connection with his left foot but firing over.
It was a good performance from the whole squad, Howie and Hermitage both getting a brace and goals for Kent and Lawrence.
Next week the team are in Kent Cup action at home with an 11am kick off at Hadlow against Hollands and Blair. We then face three very tough league fixtures against Maidstone, Ebbsfleet and Sevenoaks.
Team – Gibb, Murphy, Balcombe, Hazelwood, Hermitage, Tyrie, Wilkins, Howie, Smith, Lansdowne, B Kent, Nwanosike, Wates, Lawrence, Raffelt, T Kent
Report from Todd Tyrie.