Angels late show forces draw
Elder and Thompson peg back Concord
The Angels faithful were once again treated to an entertaining pre-season friendly match this time against Concord Rangers of Vanarama South, one level above Tonbridge.
The visitors shaded the first half and deserved their one nil lead at the break which came from J. Williams in the 15th minute. Concord kept the ball better and at times threatened to run away with the match. That said when the right ball was played to the two Tonbridge forwards Andre McCollin and Alex Akrofi their pace did trouble the Concord back line. There was a strong call for a red card to be shown to Concord keeper T. Brown who took out Akrofi and for a penalty following a foul on McCollin but in both cases the refreee took no action.
As the first half came to a close Tonbridge upped their game as their ball retention improved but the Concord defence held firm.
The second half saw a considerable improvement in the Angels performance following the half time team talk but when Concord got their sescond through K. Farrell in the 72nd minute following good work from A. Laucys it seeemd all over for the home side.
A lifeline was provided in the 76th minute with the award of a penalty following a foul on Nathan Elder who along with Dan Thompson was now providing the spearhead of attack for the home side. It was Thompson who stepped up for the kick but it was high and over and one thought it was too late for any home heroics.
On 82 minutes, however , another substitute Liam Smith made a run down the right and crossed for Elder to head home. By now the home side's tails were up and four minutes later yet another substitute Jerome Walker crossed for Dan Thompson to rise highest in the box to head home thereby atoning for his earlier penalty miss.
Afterwards Angels boss Steve McKimm said: "My strikers are making it difficult for me to decide who would be in that starting lineup on 12th August as they're all scoring goals and that's a nice problem for a manger to have. We ended up playing 4-3-3 tonight having started with a diamond so we are getting used to playing different systems. We've almost reached the halfway point in the pre-season friendlies and I'm pleased with the way it's going so far but there's still things to work on."
The Angels starting lineup was : James Behan : Craig Stone, Sonny Miles (c), George Beavan, Jay Siva, : Luke Blewden, Damian Scannell, Chris Kinnear, Fidan Fejzi, : Alex Akrofi, Andre McCollin.
Substitutes (all played) : Liam Smith, Dan Thompson, Callum Adonis-Taylor, Tommy Whitnell, Dom Welsh, Nathan Elder, Jerome Walker.