Match Report
Tonbridge School 1st XI vs  St Paul's School
On: Saturday, 02 Feb 2019
Venue: Away

Battling performance in vain at St Paul's

The side was hit by three injury blows which make Tottenham's loss of Harry Kane and Dele Ali look like unimportant absences. Losing your two centre halves and a dynamic midfielder is a blow to any team and the first XI felt their absence on Saturday against their strongest opposition of the season. It is to the team's credit and to the boys who stepped up to replace the missing trio that they held their own for long stretches of the match and that they refused to give in until the final whistle.

It could be argued that Tonbridge shaded the first half with Adamo peerless in midfield and Cocke and Defour providing width and pace in attack. Defour was able to get in behind on numerous occasions and from one such, Moore was able to notch his second of the season with a close range finish, Tonbridge were on top and a few chances came and went with Bailey heading narrowly over and Cocke having a shot well saved. The back four were not often troubled with Woods and Taylor playing well. Zanelli made an excellent tackle to stop St Paul's equalising but an equaliser came from a free kick when Tonbridge switched off to allow an easy tap in at the back post.

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St Paul's stepped up their game in the second half and Tonbridge struggled to cope with their intricate play and possession. Nevertheless their two goals were disappoiniting from a Tonbridge point of view and we will work to address the ease with which they were created and finished. Injuries to Moore, Webber, Adamo and Taylor in the second half reduced our efficiency considerably but the boys battled continually. Defour scored a fine second goal following good work from Zanelli and Behling to set up an interesting last three minutes, but in fairness St Paul's deserved their victory and duly held on.

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