U18s go down to Chatham Town
Report by Wink Tomkinson
Tonbridge Angels Under-18’s slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against a previously winless Chatham Town on Monday evening at Longmead Stadium.
A failure to take a multitude of chances left them vulnerable to a counter attacking unit that capitalised with two second half goals; the first controversially given after the goalscorer looked clearly offside and an injury time penalty that also saw Joe McCusker sent off after receiving a second yellow card.
The first half was pretty much one-way traffic with the chances almost too many to mention. Many failed to find the target but the Chats goalkeeper, Bobby Crabb, excelled to save from Harry London, Will Saunders and George Theis.
On 38 minutes, Chatham signalled their danger on the break and Matt Larkin was pressed into action with a good save at his near post.
On the cusp of the break a cross from the right by Luca Bradley saw Saunders in front of goal but he failed to get a clean contact with the ball.
Chatham at no time during the evening looked like a team without a point on the board so far this season. They defended bravely during the first period and in the second carried much more of a threat going forward.
Tonbridge continued to make and waste chances, the best falling to Theis but his shot was directly at Crabb.
After 68 minutes, Chatham issued their first real warning when a shot from Jasper Greening struck the bar.
The visitors were now enjoying a period on the front foot with Larkin needing to touch a shot over the bar.
But, after 73 minutes, a through ball found a Chatham forward clean though to finish clinically. Vehement claims for offside fell on deaf ears from the officials.
Tonbridge pressed hard for an equaliser but it really wasn’t their night in front of goal and in time added the game was put to bed when McCusker brought down an attacker to concede a penalty and also see a red card.
Biljaris Tambe duly converted the spot kick to bring the curtain down in a disappointing evening for the Angels.