Angels face a storm
Whilst the south-east battened down the hatches in the face of Storm Ciaran, Tonbridge Angels Under-18’s faced a second half storm in the shape of Sutton Common Rovers.
The deposed champions, pipped last season by Cray Valley PM, are looking as good as ever and no doubt will challenge for the title again this season.
Our Under-18’s acquitted themselves well in the first half falling behind to a goal that was clearly offside before gaining a thoroughly deserved equaliser only to fall behind again just before the break.
Sutton Common took a fifth minute lead when the diminutive, but very busy, Ueno rifled a shot into the roof of the net from an angle on the right side of the box despite claims for offside that were waved away by the referee.
The Angels struggled to contain their hosts in the early stages with a second goal being disallowed as the ball had crossed the byeline before being crossed and, after 19 minutes, the crossbar was also struck.
But, they were back in the game, after 24 minutes, when Sam Firman created a bit of space for himself before firing into the bottom corner.
After half-hour the forerunner of Ciaran started to make itself felt as Church Road became rain lashed leaving supporters retreating to the covered areas.
A strong run out of defence from Will Puffette ended with a snap shot from Firman that was blocked but, five minutes before the break, a cross from the right byeline from Bond offered Ueno a tap-in.
Toby Underwood was called upon to make a couple of decent saves to keep the deficit at one at the break.
The early part of the second period saw the Angels with chances. Firman put a teasing cross across the face of goal and the SCR goalkeeper saved well from Evan De Silva and, on the hour, a 35 yard effort from Ben Martin-Coward was turned over the bar.
On 65 minutes, Sutton Common opened up the Tonbridge defence with a well worked move that ended with Hill scoring from close range and the game was over as a contest five minutes later when Bond scored a fourth.
A good passage of play saw Cameron Honarvar shoot narrowly wide but, with three minutes remaining the impressive SCR skipper, Hogben, weaved his way through to add a fifth.
Beaten by much the better side, Dom Welsh commented following the game: “We defended poorly tonight and were punished by a very good team. We just had too many individuals not at the races.”