Under-14's take backward step
Angels welcomed Phoenix Sports for Sunday’s Match. The first 30 minutes were as poor as anything this season. Time and time again the opposition were able to get down our flanks, getting crosses into our box unchallenged and we soon found ourselves six goals down.
After this the boys showed some fight and pride and the rest of their performance was in total contrast to the first 30 minutes. Tonbridge Angels managed to pull a couple of goals back through Cameron Honarvar and Barney Moth, conceding only one more very late on. But, after recent promising performances, against some very strong sides, this was a step backwards.
Team: Laker, Cooper, Bennett, Garside, Cogan, Baker, Turner, Honarvar, Kent, Velvick, Gardner. Subs: Armes, Dew, Moth, Nguyen.
Steve offered a summary of the Under-14's season so far:
It was with some trepidation that the team moved to KYL this season. It was a huge step up in class and we also had to factor in that we were a year behind in our development compared to other teams and had seven new players to integrate.
The season stated promisingly, losing only 3-2 to a very strong Bromley side, then beating Metrogas 4-2. Since then results have not gone as hoped. In games against AFC Mottingham and Junior Devils we played poorly and despite losing both by a single goal we created enough chances that we should have won both.
Better performances followed (Sunday aside), but these have been against considerably stronger sides. All resulted in four or five goal defeats but I think it’s fair to say the score lines were a little harsh. The common theme throughout our games, so far, was that we played some decent football, worked hard, more than held our own and team spirit has been excellent. It’s in both penalty areas where the step up in class is really showing. Defensively both individually and as a team mistakes are being punished while at the other end we are not being clinical enough.
With this season being all about development, it’s important that the boys don’t become too down-hearted and we only need to look at Dom’s U15s for inspiration as last season they were in a similar position to us now but with hard work, belief and some new additions, they are now top half, already winning more games and scoring more goals than they did in the whole of last season.