Women’s football: Angels sneak through thanks to four-goal Skilton

    Tonbridge Angels Ladies 5 Teynham Gunners 4

    ALL THE SKILLS Abbie Skilton (right) scores the third of her four goals PHOTO: David Couldridge

    ANGELS Ladies are through to the quarter-final of the Kent Divisional Cup after finally seeing off Teynham Gunners in extra time.

    Tonbridge seem to be cursed to concede early goals in matches and this was no different, with the Gunners taking the lead from their first attack after just four minutes.

    Teynham arrived with just the bare starting eleven and defended resolutely, but Tonbridge had most of the possession and remained patient, finally breaching Teynham’s defence in the 29th minute. Poppy Gilden’s through ball released Abbie Skilton, who fired home.

    Immediately from the restart the Angels lost possession and found themselves behind once again, but this time it would only take five minutes to restore parity, Beth Kemp heading home Skilton’s corner.

    The hosts thought they had got themselves in front just before half-time, when Becky Janes was adjudged to be offside as she converted Skilton’s cross. But the resulting free-kick was poorly taken and Skilton lobbed the Gunners goalkeeper to secure the advantage.

    Teynham levelled matters in the 53rd minute but just after the hour-mark it was 4-3 to the Angels, Janes’ cross from the right being headed in by Skilton for her hat-trick.

    The visitors were not finished yet, however, and a shot from outside the box took a slight deflection and squirmed under the body of Sam Wright, sending the match towards extra time.

    Four minutes into the second period, Skilton scored the crucial winner – her fourth of the match – with a driving shot from an angle.