Monday, 31 July 2017

Tonbridge Angels 2 Whyteleafe 1

Match 11/17/1461 - Saturday, 29th July 2017 - Pre-Season Friendly

Tonbridge Angels (1) 2 Thompson 10 Elder 85
Whyteleafe (1) 1 Azeez 8
Headcount: 245

Entrance: £5 Senior
Team Sheet: Free
Mileage: 38/727

Match Report

This turned out to be a much better game than would have been initially expected. If Whyteleafe acquit themselves in Bostik South as they did at Longmead they should be challenging towards the top of the table.

The visitors started well and went ahead after eight minutes when an intended cross from Lawre Azeez took an unfortunate deflection off Steven Panayi to loop over Anthony Di Bernardo.

Their lead was to last only two minutes when Dan Thompson headed home a Andre McCollin cross.

Both sides had good chances to go into the break with a lead with Di Bernardo saving well from Daniel Akinwse and Whyteleafe's Matt Pearson doing similarly to deny Thompson. But it was Whyteleafe's number 11 that went closest when he struck a post with two minutes remaining.

Pre-season is much about fitness, so injuries are the situations that you most wish to avoid, so the sight of Thompson being stretchered from the field was a worry.

Tonbridge were asserting themselves on the game but it was the Whyteleafe number eight who struck a post 20 minutes into the second period.

The Angels finally got their noses in front five minutes from the end when a slide-rule pass from Dominic Welsh, named later as man of the match, sent Nathan Elder clear to shoot under the body of Pearson.

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