Elder secures win against 'Leafe
More valuable game time for squad players
Superior quality and fitness finally secured the win against Bostik South Whyteleafe but in fairness the visitors gave their hosts a good examination and arguably had slightly the better of the first half.
In the 8th minute a cross from Lawre Azeez which was deflected put the visitors ahead but the lead was to last only two minutes when following a cross from Andre McCollin, Dan Thompson directed a header past Matt Pearson with good technique.
There were three good chances for Whyteleafe in the first half involving Daniel Akinwse one of which forced an excellent save from Anthony di Bernardo while his teammate Jeffrey Gyamfi also nearly got on the scoresheet with his effort just inches wide. At the other end Andre McCollin's shot on the turn brought out the best in Pearson and Thompson nearly added to his goal tally heading Liam Smith's cross on target but again Pearson was equal to the task. Overall however, Whyteleafe looked the sharper in the first half, had more possession and created more chances than the Angels who at times last possession too easily.
The second half was a different story with Tonbridge starting to take a firmer grip of the game. In particular Luke Blewden playing just behind the strikers was becoming far more influential and was unlucky on 69 minutes with a header that took a deflection which probably helped keeper Pearson, and two minutes later having been set up by man of the match Dom Welsh saw his strike go agonisingly wide. It was Welsh who made the assist for Nathan Elder's winning goal in the 85th minute. A timely interception by the former U18s player saw him produce a slide rule pass to Elder whose experience saw him force Pearson to ground as the Angels striker slipped the ball into the unguarded net.
Afterwards, Steve McKimm said: "I'm pleased with the win although we made too many mistakes in the first half. It was a good opportunity for me to see some of the players who haven't had too much game time but I still have in mind another midfield player and maybe a couple of others if things work out."
Angels starting line up : Tony Di Bernardo, : Liam Smith, Craig Stone, Sonny Miles (c), Stevie Panayi, : Luke Blewden, Dom Welsh, Chris Kinnear, : Dan Thompson, Alex Akrofi, Andre McCollin
Angels substitutes : Nathan Elder, Damian Scannell (dnp), Ryan McFarlane, Jerome Walker
picture : Wesley Filtness