U15s put seven past Hollands & Blair
By Jim Rowe
Great performance sees Angels through in Kent Cup
Angels were at home last Sunday in the first round of the Kent Cup against Hollands & Blair, torrential rain had forced a number of games to be postponed but the Hadlow pitch was in great condition.
Angels started off very sluggishly the rain continued to fall and the two Hollands and Blair strikers looked very lively but any through balls were flying through to Gibb in goal. Hazelwood, Balcombe and Murphy continued to develop their partnership at the back and Hazelwood winning some great headers from the Blair goal kicks. Angels really had failed to click in the first 10 minutes and it was really against the run of the play that Angels took the lead, a Lansdowne corner headed back out to the flanks but Lansdowne then whipped in a fantastic first time ball and Tyrie had timed his run to perfection to powerfully head home. The goal settled Angels completely, they started playing from all over the pitch Murphy, Hermitage and Lansdowne working the left side well. Wilkins Howie and Tyrie had now locked down the middle and the second goal coming 5 mins later Howie winning a great 50-50 driving forward holding off two tackles and firing into the corner. Angels were now relishing the conditions the surface made for slick first time passing, Smith and Howie combining brilliantly down the right and making overlapping runs they had been working on in training Friday nights. Wilkins was back to his best, the trade mark drive from last season into space and then releasing the ball at the right time.
The third goal coming from some fantastic interplay, Tyrie found Hermitage who had already spotted the run of Lansdowne and hit a fantastic clever first time ball to Lansdowne sending him though one on one on his left foot to smash home for Angels and make it 3-0. Second half and the boys were really starting to play some nice stuff. Wates had become unplayable down the right and every time he got the ball made something happen, continually getting past the right back and putting some fantastic crosses into the box. Toby Kent had come into the middle and was breaking up play nicely with Wilkins.
Nwanosike was starting find time on the ball and feed Billy Kent who was now threating to break through on goal regularly. The fourth goal arrived after a good pass from Haydon Exall to Billy Kent to finish well. Wates continued to dominate the right side working his socks off to get behind the ball when Angels lost possession. Toby Kent was now slotting some lovely through balls to the front two. Smith had now moved upfront and was closing down constantly not allowing the Blair defence any time on the ball, the fifth goal coming from superb work from Billy Kent beating two players then through one on one with the keeper and unselfishly squaring for Smith to side foot home. Kent then adding the sixth himself beating several players again, then the goalie and walking the ball into the next. There was still time for Angels to add a magnificent seventh Nwanosike had dropped into the middle, winning a great tackle driving forward and finishing coolly in the corner for his first goal for the Angels.
Team - Gibb, Murphy, Balcombe, Hazelwood, Hermitage, Tyrie, Howie, Wilkins, Smith, Kent B, Lansdowne, Wates, Exall, Kent T, Nwanosike
Next week the Angels face a very strong Maidstone team who are looking like one of the favourites already having beaten last year's champions Ebbsfleet.
10.30 KO at the Gallagher