A Game of Three Halves
Prospective Tonbridge Angels Football Academy students were last night given the opportunity to play the West Ham Academy at the Longmead Stadium, Tonbridge.
The Angels took the lead early on and should have doubled their advantage within a few minutes but for a good save from the West Ham keeper. However, it wasn’t long before the Angels struck again with a fine move down the right and a good finish to make the score at the end of the first 30 minutes 2-0 to the home side.
The second period of play saw a change of team and it was not long before West Ham clawed a goal back following a good passage of play. The game then turned as West Ham got a penalty and this was slotted home to make the second half 2-0 to West Ham and 2 -2 overall.
The final period saw both teams pushing for that winning goal and it was West Ham that secured it with around 15 minutes to play. A ball in to the box that just kept bouncing, before being drilled into the back of the net to put West Ham 1-0 up for the period but more importantly 3-2 up for the night. Tonbridge Angels pushed hard to get back on level terms but were unable to force a goal home, the match finishing 3-2.
This was our first open event for prospective Tonbridge Angels Academy members and saw 31 people attend. In addition to the opportunity to play against West Ham, they received a brief on the College’s application process and the reasons why it was important to be part of a centre of excellence.
The next open event is scheduled to take place on 21st April with the process culminating in a final trial on 28th June 2014.