Sunday, 27 September 2020

Tonbridge Angels U18 3 Bearsted U18 1

Match 16/20/1819 - Sunday, 27th September 2020 - Kent Youth League

Tonbridge Angels (1) 3 Howie (pen) Woodhouse (pen) Pepper
Bearsted (0) 1
Headcount: 35

Admission: Free
Programme: None
Mileage: 20/782

Tonbridge Angels 2 Aldershot Town 3

Match 15/20/1818 - Saturday, 26th September 2020 - Pre-Season Friendly

Tonbridge Angels (0) 2 Turner 70,87
Aldershot Town (2) 3 Nouble 27,73 Bettamer 32
Attendance: BCD

Admission: Pass
Programme: None
Mileage: 38/762
Match Report

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Margate 1 Tonbridge Angels 4

Match 14/20/1817 - Saturday, 12th September 2020 - Pre-Season Friendly

Margate (0) 1 Ufuah 61
Tonbridge Angels (1) 4 Greenhalgh 42 Parkinson 49 Campbell 65,85
Attendance: 174

Admission: Pass
Programme: None
Mileage: 106/724

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Tunbridge Wells 4 Bearsted 0

Match 13/20/1816 - Tuesday, 8th September 2020 - SCEFL Premier

Tunbridge Wells (0) 4 Day 8 Bissett 38 Froggatt 88,90
Bearsted (0) 0
Attendance: 208

Admission: £5
Programme: £2
Mileage: 34/618

Tunbridge Wells supporters are nestling in their own little corner of heaven at present. Two League wins and FA Cup progress, scoring 10 times without reply in the process and heading up the fledgling SCEFL Premier table. With Covid-19 worries growing by the day, it’s no wonder they can joke about ending the season now!

Another decent attendance of 208 had made their way though the Track and Trace and Temperature protocols and they didn’t have to wait long to see the home team take the lead. Euan Sahadow broke down the left but saw his effort saved by the advancing Bearsted goalkeeper’s legs only for the ball to rebound to Matt Day who passed the ball into the vacant net.

Bearsted settled down after the early setback and created chances for Harrison Hatfull (great name for a striker!) and Jon Rogers, whose second effort was saved by the feet of Tunbridge Wells’ keeper Aaron Lee-Wharton.

The Wells increased their lead on 34 minutes when a free kick from Jordan Wells was met by a near post header from Robbie Bissett.

Bearsted worked hard to find their way back into the game with Joran Ababio denied by a superb saving tackle from Bissett and David Baranonski firing wide.

An injury just before half-time to Baranonski led to a lengthy delay before the referee decided to call time on the first half. The break had nearly been concluded before the injured Bearsted man was stretchered away.

The second half was a strange affair as the game drifted rather aimlessly towards its conclusion before substitute Josh Froggatt scored two late goals to add a flattering scoreline. The first converting from close range after some impressive play from Regan Corke and, four minutes into time added, curling a shot into the bottom corner.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Punjab United 0 Tonbridge Angels 2

Match 12/20/1815 - Monday, 7th September 2020 - FA Youth Cup PR

Punjab United (0) 0
Tonbridge Angels (2) 2 Gill 23 Wotton 45
Attendance: 71

Admission: Pass
Programme: None
Mileage: 48/584

Tonbridge Angels’ Youth team eased their way through their FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round tie at Punjab United.

Shorn of several of the National Under-19 Alliance team by virtue of age, manager Tommy Parkinson gave several first year students their FA Youth Cup debuts and included Fin Hartley on the bench from the Kent Youth League Under-16 squad.

Playing up the Steve Cook Stadium slope, the Angels quickly got into their stride with captain Ben Twist at the centre of much the action, shooting narrowly wide after six minutes and supplying the cross for a Cameron Wotton header to go wide.

Tonbridge’s dominance finally translated to the scoreline after 23 minutes when a clearance found Anthony Gill on the left side, 25 yards out, who placed a lofted shot into the far corner of the net.

The only disappointing point of Tonbridge’s first half performance was that their ascendancy did not produce another goal until the 45th minute. Louis Copeland’s pace saw him into good positions on several occasions but the finishes were frustratingly inches wide of the far post. Wotton brought a good save out of the Punjab goalkeeper with a header from a Twist free kick.

On the stroke of half-time the scoreline took on a truer reflection of the half when a cross was headed back across the face of goal by Alex Thompson for Wotton to head home from close range.

The second half was mostly in the same vein with the Angels creating several good opportunities but unable to add to the scoreline. Luca Woodhouse and Wotton were far too much of a handful for the Punjab back line but a mixture of good goalkeeping and narrow misses kept the score at 2-0.

Tonbridge will now travel to VCD in the First Qualifying Round on a date yet to be arranged.

Parkinson said after the game that he was pleased with the performance given that it was the first time this particular team had played together. They had defended their own box well with first year Chester Smith outstanding.

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Tonbridge Angels 2 Kingstonian 1

Match 11/20/1814 - Saturday, 5th September 2020 - Pre-Season Friendly

Tonbridge Angels (1) 2 Williams 43 Greenhalgh 89
Kingstonian (0) 1 74
Attendance: Behind Closed Doors

Admission: None
Programme: None
Mileage: 38/536

Match Report

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Tonbridge Angels Academy 1 Stars Academy 2

Match 10/20/1813 - Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 - Pre-Season Friendly

Tonbridge Angels Academy (1) 1 Copeland 11
Stars Academy Under-23 (1) 2
Headcount: 7

Admission: Free
Programme: None
Mileage: 30/498

Tonbridge Angels slipped to defeat in their last preseason game before facing Punjab United in the FA Youth Cup on Monday, conceding a winner to Stars Academy two minutes from time.

Stars are based in Hastings and draw their students internationally with today’s team, managed by ex-Crowborough Athletic boss Simon Colbran, being principally from the Solomon Islands but also featuring African and Japanese lads.

They were a very different side to those that the Angels youngsters will face in the regular season. Stars were both older and physically stronger and sometimes the lessons learnt were quite painful!

But, as Tommy Parkinson later commented, the game had given him an insight into which players were physically able to cope, should they be moved into men’s football.

Right from the outset the tackles were mostly fair but robust as the visitors imposed themselves on the game and that is not to ignore the fact that they were also technically very good.

Striker Cam Wotton was the first to feel the weight of a challenge and was already limping when a clash with the goalkeeper ended his involvement in the game after just eight minutes.

The Angels enjoyed their best period of the game in the early stages and took the lead after 11 minutes when a fine pass from Ben Twist found Saul Musengeyi down the left hand side from where his pinpoint cross to the far post gave Louis Copeland a relatively easy finish.

But Tonbridge failed to gain any real momentum from the goal and Stars opened up their defence several times with goalkeeper Charlie Martin being called into action making several good saves including an exceptional one after 22 minutes saving from point blank range.

Eventually the equaliser, which was no more than Stars deserved, came on 32 minutes when a corner was met with a firm header at the far post.

The early part of the second half saw the Angels regain some sort of ascendancy with substitute Ned Lewis stretching the Stars goalkeeper; Aiden Murphy firing wide and Harry Hudson seeing his effort saved.

But, once again, having negotiated the opening 15 minutes, Stars regained the initiative and Angels substitute goalkeeper, Nat Gibb, made a fine save turning a shot destined for the top corner over the bar after 70 minutes. Gibb excelled again with another good save, low to his left, with four minutes remaining but this proved to be a short lived reprieve for the Angels as a fine strike, curled from the left side of the box into the far corner, gave the visitors their victory.

Tommy Parkinson reflected that it had been a really good test highlighting Stars physicality. He felt there had been positives and negatives to take out of the game which needed to be worked on especially when defending.