Angels and Swifts in FA Trophy thriller
Three Angels goals in nine minutes not enough
The Angels and the Swifts served up a six goal thriller with the result in doubt right up until the final whistle.
On 9 minutes Juan Luque opened the scoring for the visitors converting with a header from Kreshnic Krasniqi’s corner. Two minutes later Dan Thompson equalised turning in the area and placing the ball wide of Danny Sambridge’s outstretched right arm. On 15 minutes Heybridge restored their lead with 4 Samuel Bantick scoring from close in following Luque’s break down the left.
Three minutes later Joe Turner equalised for the Angels with a shot from the edge of the box that gave Stambridge little chance. The hosts took the lead for the first time in the 20th minute when Turner hit the woodwork and although the Heybridge defence almost managed the clearance, Xavier Vidal pounced on the loose ball to kick it into an empty net.
The second half didn’t quite live up to the quality of the first but despite that Chris Kinnear and Xavier Vidal for Tonbridge both had decent shots on target while Callender and substitute Ricky Sappleton might have equalised for Heybridge.
It was the visitors who eventually forced the equalising goal in the 81st minute with Callender forcing his way through the Tonbridge defence helped by a Callum Adonis-Taylor slip. Andre McCollin might have won it for Tonbridge in the 90th minute but saw his header go just wide of the left hand post.
The two teams will have to do it all over again on Tuesday 31st October at Heybridge with a 7 45pm kick off. This means that the Angels home match against Hythe United in the Velocity Shield League Cup which was scheduled for the same date will need to be re-arranged.
Afterwards, Angels coach Justin Luchford said: “We’ve gone and scored three goals in nine minutes to defy the critics who say we are not getting enough goals, but then as the home side we’ve conceded three! In the second half I didn’t think we kept the ball as well as we should have done and tended to bypass the midfield areas where with a bit of care we could have hurt them more. Better ball retention would have lessened their opportunities to score and taken the pressure off our defence. I felt for Callum as he had shown great maturity in dealing with a vastly experienced player and then slipped as he went through for the equalising goal.