Strikers on target for Angels
Second win in 4 days as pre-season project continues
It was a very experimental looking Angels side that took to the pitch at Princes Park, Dartford to play Bostik South Thamesmead Town in the second of the clubs pre-season friendlies.
Despite the changes made from Tuesday evenings home win against Ebbsfleet United the result was to end in another win this time 3-1. At times the overall performance was a bit scrappy with the ball given away cheaply but the blue shirts nevertheless took their chances when they came and for the most part defended competently.
Angels Assistant Manager, Barry Moore, after the game accepted that when playing a team from a lower division the performance levels may drop a touch, but he was pleased with the win and admitted : "At this stage pre-season as well as trying out a few new players, we want all the squad to be getting decent periods of game time - say around 60 minutes at least, and yes we are trying out a few things with players in slightly different roles." He was pleased with one of the trialists, Fidan, who played at the tip of the diamond formation and seemed to be suggesting that he might be worth a second look.
The game might have turned out differently if Thamesmead had been able to take advantage of a free kick that hit the Tonbridge post in the 5th minute but the rebound fell unkindly from their point of view and the Angels defence were able to clear their lines.
There were half chances for both sides and it seemed likely that it would be all square at the break. However the match turned in the space of two minutes when first Alex Akrofi sent through by Craig Stone's pass unleashed a glorious shot past Lewis Carey on 41 minutes and then a minute later Dan Thompson doubled the advantage with an opportunist strike beating the offside trap after the 'Mead defence had gone to sleep.
It seemed all over for the host's when Andre McCollin on 70 minutes rounded the Thamesmead keeper to slot the ball into an empty net. The home side did just give themselves a glimmer of hope when just a minute later Dane Luchford deservedly opened their account. It was to prove however no more than a consolation and the Angels were able to see the remainder of the match out in relative comfort.
Angels starting lineup : Joe Tupper: Craig Stone, Callum Adonis-Taylor, George Beavan (c), Liam Smith : Jerome Walker, Chris Kinnear, Tommy Whitnell, Fidan : Dan Thompson, Alex Akrofi.
Angels substitutes (all played) : Andre McCollin, Hafed Al-Drouki (GK), Nathan Elder, Damian Scannell, Luke Blewden,