Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Tonbridge Angels 3 Billericay Town 2

Match 54/19/1776 - Saturday, 7th December 2019 - National South

Tonbridge Angels (0) 3 Da Costa 49,67 Derry 51
Billericay Town (2) 2 Akinwande 7 Alfa 17
Attendance: 557

Admission: Pass
Programme: £2.50
Mileage: 38/4,224

North Kent College 4 Hugh Christie 1

Match 53/19/1775 - Wednesday, 4th December 2019 - Academies Championship

North Kent College (4) 4
Hugh Christie (1) 1
Headcount: 20

Admission: Free
Programme: None
Mileage: 66/4,252

Hungerford Town 1 Tonbridge 0

Match 52/19/1774 - Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 - National South

Hungerford Town (0) 1 Johnson-Schuster 63
Tonbridge Angels (0) 0
Attendance: 191
New Ground: 338

Admission: Pass
Programme: £2
Mileage: 230/4,186

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Gillingham 3 Doncaster Rovers 0

Match 51/19/1773 - Sunday, 1st December 2019 - FA Cup 2R

Gillingham (2) 3 Byrne 11 Lee 15 Hanlan 68
Doncaster Rovers (0) 0
Attendance: 3,216

Admission: £11 Senior
Programme: £2
Mileage: 38/3,956

Slough Town 0 Tonbridge Angels 0

Match 50/19/1772 - Saturday, 30th November 2019 - National South

Slough Town (0) 0
Tonbridge Angels (0) 0
Attendance: 771

Admission: Pass
Programme: £2.50
Mileage: 163/3,918

Any neutrals walking away from Arbour Park would probably have been making comments along the lines of a poor advert for National South or a game devoid of goalmouth action. Not suffering from neutrality, I can afford to bask in the light of a point hard won against a team riding on the crest of a wave of great form.

For the vast majority of Tonbridge supporters this would have been their first visit to Slough Town’s impressive facility. I had the pleasure of visiting last season when with Gillingham fans packed into an un-terraced corner it wasn’t quite so comfortable. But on a League Saturday and able to see behind the scenes, it really is something to aspire too and there is so much more that can be done to expand further.

Tonbridge needed to get onto the front foot from the outset and not let the hosts obvious confidence grow and Jared Small’s outpacing of his marker and a corner headed over from Rhian Bray was a warning that the Angels were not in Berkshire just to make up the numbers.

Slough did though pick up the momentum but although they largely dominated the first half, Jonny Henly was only brought into action on a couple of occasions, one of which after 31 minutes being a good save from Max Worsfold.

The second period saw a greater level of action in both final thirds that made it a much more enjoyable spectacle with Tonbridge having more than their fair share of the game.

After 57 minutes, Francis Amartey had a great chance for Slough but shot narrowly wider, but Tonbridge responded a minute later when D’Sean Theobalds and Tom Derry linking well before the striker missed at the near post.

Three minutes later the Angels were denied an even better chance when the backside of a Slough defender managed to deflect the ball wide as Ben Greenhalgh shot from close range.

Henly made a good save at his near post to thwart Amartey whilst a Sonny Miles header was over and Turner’s header was shuffled to safety.

At the finish, to a man, players and management, personally thanked the Angels’ support who were obviously delighted with the point. Football was never meant to be a game of neutrality.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Tonbridge Angels 2 Bognor Regis Town 1

Match 49/19/1771 - Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - FA Trophy 3QR

Tonbridge Angels (1) 2 Turner 44 Derry 62
Bognor Regis Town (0) 1 Crane 83 (pen)
Attendance: 456

Admission: Pass
Programme: £2.50
Mileage: 38/3,755

One round hardly constitutes a Cup run, but given Tonbridge Angels recent history in FA competitions, it’s about as good as it gets!

Bognor Regis Town came to Longmead on a fine run of Isthmian League form leaving one sensing that this was not even the proverbial banana skin, more so an almost predictable upset.

Steve McKimm was forced to make changes from last week’s win against St Albans with Jason Williams cup-tied and Ben Greenhalgh refused permission to play by Dartford.

Bognor started with the confidence of a side borne of their good run with Tommy Leigh shooting wide in the opening minutes and Bradley Letheridge posting a threat. This continued for the first 20 minutes before the Angels had their first chance with Joe Turner firing marginally wide.

But that Turner effort was no deterrent to Bognor’s forward momentum and, after 29 minutes, Jonny Henly saved well from Josh Flint with Mason Walsh firing over the loose ball.

A quickly worked free kick that saw Tonbridge sleeping allowed Harvey Whyte to set up Dan Smith but his shot was wide.

So it was against the run of play when the home side went ahead a minute before the break when a Jared Small cross from the right was met at the far post by Turner who finished well.

Henly was brought into action once more after three minutes of the second period saving a James Crane header before Tonbridge enjoyed their best period in the game. Rhian Bray put a header from a corner wide and Khale Da Costa had an effort deflected over. On the hour, Jack Parter saw his effort brilliantly touched over the bar by the visiting goalkeeper, Amadou Tangara.

Tonbridge doubled their advantage when a superbly worked move ended with highly impressive Christ Tiehi brushing off a challenge to put in a killing cross for Tom Derry to slide in a the far post and convert.

Tonbridge were now dominating, but as is their want, they gave their supporters a nervous last ten minutes when Bray gave away a penalty for holding with Crane converting from the spot.

Thankfully, a perhaps encouragingly, the home side managed the game out despite breath being held as a final minute free kick from Flint was safely directed into the hands of Henly.

All cup runs start somewhere, we can but hope!

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Worthing 1 Tonbridge Angels 2

Match 48/19/1770 - Wednesday, 20th November 2019 - National Academies Alliance

Worthing (0) 1 Merrydrew 59
Tonbridge Angels (1) 2 Lewis 28,88 (pen)
Headcount: 25

Admission: Free
Programme: None
Mileage: 130/3,717

Tonbridge Angels’ Academy maintained their three point lead at the top of the National League Under-19 Alliance when a penalty, two minutes from time, sealed victory at Worthing.

At a bitterly cold Woodside Road, two unbeaten sides went head-to-head and produced a game that successful distracted attention away from Jack Frost nibbling at the toes.

The Angels began the first half on the front foot and their ascendancy was to last throughout the opening 45 minutes. Two early free kicks from Ben Twist saw one blocked and the second headed over by Harry Hudson. Ned Lewis brought saves from the home goalkeeper and it was fully 20 minutes before Worthing mounted an attack of any substance bringing comfortable saves from Charlie Martin.

Two efforts in two minutes from Lewis narrowly went the wrong side of the right hand post before, after 28 minutes, Lewis linked with Saul Musengeyi before giving himself a touch to line-up a shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

Tonbridge’s domination of the first half should have brought greater rewards but chances came and went, including a thrilling run from Sam Babayale that parted the Worthing back line but the full back dragged his shot wide.

The time in the dressing room brought a shift in momentum with the home side working hard to get themselves back into the game. A header in the first minute was comfortable for Martin but, after 58 minutes, he could only watch on as a great chance went begging with a shot screwed wide.

But the reprieve was only to last a minute when an uncharacteristic error from captain Hudson saw him robbed as he tried to shepherd the ball over the bye-line by Jack Merrydrew whose shot found the bottom corner.

The goal was the wake-up call with the Angels regaining the upper hand. From a Babayale corner, Harrison Mayhew headed at the goalkeeper, who similarly saved from Lewis a minute later.

Manager Tom Parkinson made three substitutions bringing Aiden Murphy and Louis Copeland into the attack and Regan Bowden slotting in at full back allowing Leo Deere to move forward.

After 76 minutes, Twist won a ball in midfield, drove into the box but unfortunately his finish was straight at the goalkeeper.

A series of corners brought some desperate defending from Worthing which included a shot from Copeland that just cleared the bar.

With two minutes remaining, another corner saw Babayale wrestled to the ground by a Worthing defender, as they both rose the Worthing player put his hand to the face of of the Tonbridge player who went back down. The referee was well placed to view the incident and immediately pointed to the spot, brandishing a yellow card to the home offender.

Lewis successfully converted the penalty, leaving the visitors to see out the remaining minutes without alarm.

Parkinson commented after the game that: “it was a good result against a very good footballing Worthing team but it should have been a lot more comfortable with a lot of chances missed, especially in the first half. But a much better performance than last week and six wins from six.”