Tonbridge Angels F.C

Mike Knell reports from Longmead

by Chris Varney

Mike Knell reports from Longmead

Greetings from Longmead for this evening's clash. Important for both sides as they are both sides who have faint playoff hopes but they are both closer to the relegation zone at the present time - and those wolves must be kept at bay.

Teams to follow - interesting team selection too....

Angels - Worgan, Walder, Heath, Browning, Judge, Miles, Hill, Piper, Main, Suarez, Benjamin

Subs - Collin, Koranteng, Beecroft, Kember, Hagan

Boreham Wood (will be called BW from here on in)

Putnins, Sanfoka, Braithwaite, Cox, O'Loughlin, Beckles, Noto, Garrard, Bryant, Riza, Vilhete

Subs - Hutton, Bobjoit, Lechmere, Jones, Jordan

Two changes for the Angels, Main in for Koranteng and Judge in for Tim O

Hill keeps his place after scoring on Saturday, Benjamin will go out to wing no doubt and Main to partner Suarez

Frannie must not be 100% after his food poisoning, but a nice player to have come off the bench if things are not going well

I have an Angels legend assisting me tonight, the one and only Phil Emblen. Will be interesting to hear his thoughts, although I have heard I might have to edit some of his language :-) He is not currently with me as he is warming up his voice with a cold beverage.

You will know when he is making a comment as 1) Not only will it be more profound and insightful than the normal drivel from myself but 2) I will prefix his comments with the letters PE.

Boreham Wood had a good result 3-0 away to Maidenhead on Saturday but other than that their form has been indifferent. Two wins in last nine games.

Players to watch are Putnins in goal for BW, he is on loan from QPR. Also Vilhete who is on loan from Barnet. Not to forget Omer Riza who started with Arsenal and played for West Ham and Barnet as well as Turkish side Trabsonspor. Supposedly he scored a scorcher in the win against Maidenhead.

Subs are warming up - players will be out shortly.

Not too chilly tonight - very still also

Doesn't look like a big crowd - BW never bring many on a Saturday, let alone on a Monday night. Should be able to count them on two hands.

Mathematically the playoffs are still a hope - if they win every single remaining game they are in with a shout!

Will be interesting to see how Main and Suarez link up tonight

My summariser is still in the bar - blimey, he must be thirsty.

This is BW's second season in Conference South - last season they recovered into 14th after a poor start.

Teams are out.

Phil is here now.

BW players are playing ring-a-ring-a-roses for some reason.

We are underway

PE - They are lively this mob! (talking about BW)

Riza looking lively early doors

PE - They have a very good youth policy at BW and have a very good young side

5 mins - Nothing to note so far

PE - The lack of following that BW have will always hold them back

7 mins - Hill fouled on edge of box

Walder and Hill over it

Walder shoots over

Benjamin on left and Hill on right

PE - We have noone with a decent left foot

10 MINS - GOAL BW

Worgan clanger, he miskicked a clearance and Bryant finished

PE - Riza also played for Watford

Tackles flying in, this is going to be another tasty match

Garrard giving Hill verbal

14 mins - ANGELS 0 BW 1

PE - These guys (BW) have come through the youth setup and it's the way they do things, it helps because they play together for longer

MAINY OBSTRUCTED IN BOX - NOTHING GIVEN!!

PE - Blatant penalty, he was blocked

Mainy waltzed into the box but was obstructed, have definitely seen penalties given for that

BW look a strong outfit

19 MINS - They nearly score, Bryant header at far post hits ground and goes over

Alot of pace about this BW team - this reminds me of Sutton home

We have a score to settle for when BW killed our playoff hopes in 2010 - perhaps they will do the same again tonight

Browning with a long shot wide

23 MINS GONE - STILL ANGELS 0 BW 1

Angels fans getting vocal

Phil, been impressed by us this season?

PE - Yes but we have struggled to keep a settled side, with injuries etc and that makes a big difference.

Hill releases Piper who shoots wide - better from the Angels

PE - Great move but you've got to finish

PE - Been impressed with Judge this season, we are not the same side without him. Miles needs him and is improving all the time

30 mins - Benji with a good run but fouled. Angels trying to apply some pressure here

Riza with a good chance from a knock-down but he fires over.

CORNER ANGELS

Browning and Hill waste it, but ball played out to Benjy who fires wide.

PE - Our lack of finishing is not helping us

Very impressed with Angels faithful noise considering it's a Monday night and we are losing

CORNER ANGELS

Cleared

Heath just went in on a crunching tackle and is ok

PE - You do worry every time Heath goes in on a challenge, with that knee of his

37 mins gone, still ANGELS 0 BW 1

Suarez putting himself about and trying hard

Angels need to creat something special - a certain Mr Collin springs to mind

PE - Mainy need a few full games to get his pace back. Don't know if he will be as good as he was but I still believe he will be a good goalscorer, he just needs to stay matchfit

40 mins - Garrard shoots wide

41 mins - Riza shoots over

If Angels can get to half-time at just 1-0, they can regroup and go again

Vilhete shot blocked, corner BW

Worgan flaps and is cleared

BW CORNER AGAIN

Headed away

HALF TIME 0-1

Close game but BW are very quick and dangerous - a second goal from them and it'a all over

It was Heath with the backpass which led to the goal - but it wasn't his fault, was unfortunately Mr Worgan who the blame lies with. Can't criticise him for that, he has been superb at many times this season.

Let's hope Frannie is fit enough to make a contribution tonight

Suarez and Main are doing ok, but they are clearly a top two who have not played together much, plus Main is still getting minutes under his belt.

Koranteng is also a decent option for Tommy should he want to change things up

Teams are out

We are underway

Lots of long balls at the moment

Bryant with a looping shot but over

49 mins gone, 0-1

For those of you unaware, Phil's son, Neil, has been appointed Manager of New Zealand Olympic team

PE - He was appointed in November time, they offered him the job on the back of the success in charge of his league team. He doesn't play anymore, he only plays if they are desperate

Freekick on right side for Angels

54 mins - Benjy to take, gathered by goalie

PE - We don't look like scoring

Long range shot saved by Worgan

PE - Mainy needs to get more involved but they need to keep it on the deck for him. But it will take a while for him to get back to full fitness

Long range shot from Garrard, took a deflection, corner BW

Bryant tries a flashy volley but makes a mess of it

Angels fans trying to rouse their team

Good cross by Heath but noone on end of it

59 mins gone, 0-1

Angels trying to get it more out to Benjy

Hill went down, looks like he fell over his own feet

PE - There is a sniper out there

MAIN OFF - FRANNIE FRANNIE FRANNIE ON! 62 MINS

Angels have upped their game in last 5 mins and are putting more pressure on BW

Glorious chance for BW but Noto shoots wide

66 MINS GONE, 0-1

Freekick for BW 30 yards out, Vilhete is found in space but he shoots at Worgan

Garrard for BW has one of the biggest mouths I have heard. He gives his own team stick which opposing fans would be proud of.

Bw'S Vilhete down, stoppage for two mins

Frannie wriggles through and is fouled - but offside flag up

71 mins - Noto with a long range strike and not far away

BW goalie is down, is he feigning to keep time ticking away?

Still time for Angels to get something from this game. Just needs a Suarez flick and Frannie will be away...

74 mins - HILL OFF FOR KORANTENG

Judge with a good block from Bryant

Piper given a talking to

PE - He won the ball but he followed through

PE - We are not going to score here

PE - I would be inclined to move a midfielder farther up to get a goal back

Benjy pulled back, freekick on right hand side

PE - You can't blame Worgan for the mistake, he has been good during the season, but it's just one slip that can make the difference

Walder with a good run and strike but keeper saves

Looks like 8 BW fans behind the goal

Time running out, but Angels not giving up

Sonny with the header straight at keeper

84 mins - Lechmere on for Vilhete

PE - The ref has not been the best tonight

Piper gets through and clashes with goalie, but ball cleared

PE - Re this season, the name of the game is to stay up and consolidate

O'Lloughlin shaves bar with a header

86 MINS - CORNER ANGELS

BW counter attack, but Angels hold firm

Benji gets free down left, but inexplicably crosses to no one.

PE - He should have gone straight for goal, he has the pace. We can't afford to lose games like this.

90 mins is up

Linesman on near side has been poor - I won't repeat what PE just said

GOAL GOAL GOAL FRANNIE

He only needs one chance and what a goal!! Miles played him in and a clinical strike!!

Fantastic end to game!

MOM - Lee Browning

FULL TIME 1-1

An even match between two mid-table sides. Angels deserved the point. Thanks to Phil for his comments - Good evening from Longmead.

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