Academy progress in National League U19 Alliance League Cup against Camberley Town
A stiff wind influenced the game at Larkfield on Wednesday afternoon, such was its strength that both sides found it easier playing against the wind than having it at their backs with the slightest of over hit passes carried out of play.
Camberley tested Nat Gibb in the opening minute whilst Billy Kent shot wide and a trio of Tonbridge corners eventually came to nothing.
Both goalkeepers were kept busy with the Camberley custodian making a fine save at his near post to deny Luca Woodhouse after 20 minutes. Neither side was particularly taking control of the game and a chance per side might have given one or other the lead.
From a 28 minute corner, Kian Austin’s header struck the cross bar and, six minutes later, Gibb needed to be at his best to save low at his near post.
The chance for chance continued into the later stages of the half with the Camberley ‘keeper saving from Woodhouse and Gibb turning away an effort on target.
The second period saw Tonbridge take a greater control of the game with the wind against them. Cameron Wootton had an effort saved before, after 55 minutes, he was on the end of a move that saw Josh McArthur’s cross fired into the bottom corner.
Nine minutes later, the Angels gave themselves a bit of breathing space when Joe Wallis glanced a header at the near post into the net.
Tonbridge largely controlled the closing stages with substitute Mason Nicholls’ shot clearing the bar; Wallis bringing a save from a corner and a Will Saunders header drifting narrowly wide.
At the final whistle, the second half performance had given the Academy a comfortable passage into the third round of the National League Under-19 Alliance League Cup with the draw yet to be made.