By Dan Couldridge
TonbridgeÂ Angels Ladies were brought down to earth in a disappointing exit from the Kent County Plate after a heavy defeat by Phoenix Sports Under-19s.
Their younger counterparts proved to be sharper and fitter throughout the first half of last weekend’s match, and the home side raced into a 5-0 lead.
One of the only bright spells for the Angels in the first 45 minutes came with Abigail Skilton’s successful long-range effort in first-half injury time, which kept their interest in the competition alive.
There was a much-improved start to the second half from Tonbridge, which was disrupted by a long stoppage to the game for a serious injury to the Phoenix captain, before the opposition continued their dominance of the match.
From the restart Phoenix scored a sixth goal and never looked back, going on to record a 9-1 victory.
As reported previously by the Times, Angels’ manager Dan Couldridge enthused that the side has made a solid start to its debut campaign this year.
The team recently received a boost in gaining sponsorship for its training jackets from the Foresters Arms in Tonbridge, with the pub’s management delighted to be part of the team’s development.
Following the postponement of the last league game against Castle Colts, Tonbridge will face a Anchorians development side on Sunday, October 23.