The Intermediate Cup, featuring reserve teams of clubs playing in the Senior and Intermediate Kent FA competitions, was taken back to West Kent last night following a 2-0 victory over Medway’s Hollands & Blair.
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The game was a competitive affair with both sides looking to play open and attacking football. Early opportunities fell to Hollands & Blair but a combination of last-ditch defending and some excellent goalkeeping meant they were unable to capitalise on their chances. Tonbridge started to take control later in the half and created several chances, including a spectacular volley from the edge of the box that Leadsham in the Hollands & Blair net did well to tip onto the bar and away for a corner kick. Neither side was able to find the net, and went into the break with nothing to separate the sides at 0-0.
The second half started in equally combative fashion, and it was mid-way through the half before Tonbridge broke the deadlock. Under pressure from Tonbridge’s forwards, Hollands & Blair goalkeeper Leadsham failed to deal with a lofted ball into the box and his attempted clearance fell to Matt Parsons, who, with Leadsham stranded, found the empty net from just outside the area. Tonbridge added a second goal shortly afterwards to seal a closely fought but deserved victory.
Tonbridge Angels 2
Hollands & Blair 0
Tonbridge Angels Reserves: Thomas, Akinde, Crinnen, Harden, Philips (c), Bankole, Buachi, Sharnan, Funnell, Milham, Parsons. Subs; Collins, Seddar, Milham, Marshall, Olurin.
Hollands & Blair Reserves: Leadsham, Harvey (c), Prescott, Whitaker, Preston, Holmes, Flisher, Michelson, Doe, Gutteridge, Prescott.
Man of the match: Bankole (Tonbridge Angels)