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Academy draws a blank at VCD

A 45mph wind on a small pitch was the ultimate winner in that rarest of outcomes for Tonbridge Angels Academy, a goalless draw, the first time since 14th November 2018 when the result was celebrated at Bromley.

That is not to take anything away from hosts, VCD Athletic, who defended resolutely with bodies behind the ball and when the opportunities did arise for the Angels, not too often to be fair, a competent goalkeeper dealt with the rest.

The game, played at Foots Cray Rugby Club, started with a blustery breeze but quickly deteriorated into a full blown gale during the early stages.

Consequently it was no fault of either side that the quality of the game suffered with both sides struggling to keep the ball on the pitch.

It took 25 minutes for the first real chance to be created with the VCD goalkeeper saving with his feet from Josh McArthur and the Angels created one further chance in the opening half when Ben Hermitage saw his effort comfortably saved.

VCD actually had the ball in the net in first half added time but this was ruled out for a foul before the ball was curled into the far corner much to the consternation of the home bench.

The Angels had the wind at their backs for the second period, not that it was any great advantage.

Early shots at goal came from Tom Green and a free kick from Shea Brennan but, on 68 minutes, VCD spurned a chance, shooting wide and, four minutes later, the Angels goalkeeper Nat Gibb was called into action saving well, low to his left.

The game struggled through to its last few minutes when skipper Joe Tyrie headed over following a corner from Hermitage. But ultimately, the elements had won the day.

The saving grace was that just a few minutes after the final whistle, torrential rain joined forces with the howling wind, but by that time at least we were out of its way.

Published Wednesday 12th April 2023