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Angels First Team - Match centre

Tonbridge Angels
B Woods-Garness (31'), N Elder (79'), L Blewden (90'), P Walsh (86' OG)
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Tue 2 Feb 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 335

Angels back to winning ways

4 star performance sees off Tanners

With just one league win since 21 November and facing a team who had suddenly hit some form in Leatherhead this felt like a real test for a side that was still playing with plenty of endeavour but lacking the ability to kill games off. If supporters were getting a little critical then the home side certainly answered those critics with a brave performance on a sticky pitch by finally almost running Leatherhead into the ground.

It was the visitors who perhaps shaded the first half in possession and number of attacks but nevertheless they went into the break a goal down. In midfield for the Tanners Ryan Mahal and Alex Brown were the creative partners that threatened to unlock a resolute Angels defence but the centre back partnership of Jerrome Sobers and Sonny Miles stood firm and behind them Anthony Di Bernardo in goal was maintaining his excellent form.

The Angels certainly had their moments during the first period with Nicky Wheeler always a threat down the left side and Luke Blewden pulling the Leatherhead defence apart with his strong running. The Angels strike in the 31st minute owed something to "Route 1" football. Leatherhead's Kiernan Hughes-Mason had forced a decent save out of Di Bernardo and the Tonbridge keeper punted the ball way down the pitch where it ran through to Nathan Elder. The centre forward did really well taking the ball in his stride and his firmly struck shot was put round for a corner by Leatherhead keeper Louie Wells. The resultant set piece was only partially cleared by the Leatherhead defence and eventually fell to Bradley Woods-Garness who made no mistake with a powerful shot from the edge of the area that ended up in the corner of the net with Wells probably unsighted.

Angels manager, Steve McKimm was forced into two substitutions at half time due to injury. Laurence Ball replaced Miles in the heart of defence while goal scorer Woods-Garness was replaced by another wide player Charlie Webster.

Webster was soon involved in the action when in the 56th minute Blewden set him up only to see his shot well saved by Wells. The winger 14 minutes later turned provider when his cross was headed goal wards by Elder only for Wells to once agin make the save. By this time Wheeler was causing all sorts of problems for Leatherhead's Adam Cash who was already on a yellow and in the 76th minute yet another foul resulted in Wheelers free kick meeting the head of Blewden but again saved by the impressive Wells.

The breakthrough however for Tonbridge was not long in coming. Four minutes later there was a teriffic run from deep by new Angels loan player Ben Harrison who was only stopped by an illegal piece of play. The set piece was only partially dealt with and Sobers who had stayed up, got something on the loose ball for Elder to stab it over the line. With a two goal cushion for the hosts, the visitors heads seemed to go down somewhat as they were never quite the same force again.

On 83 minutes to shore things up midfielder Luke Allen replaced Elder although it seemed to make the Angels an even more potent attacking force. Webster could have done better on 85 minutes when through but he made amends a minute later when his cross was carelessly diverted into the visitors net by a Leatherhead defender almost certainly put off by the very close attendance of Blewden.

Perhaps the best goal of the evening came right on full time when a wonderful flowing Tonbridge move ended up with Allen providing the pass for man of the match Blewden to place the ball through Wells' legs for the fourth strike.

Afterwards, McKimm said : "It was a game where every single one of my players gave their all against a Leatherhead side much improved since we played them last October. They didn't keep the ball as much as I would have liked in the first half, but the second half performance was full of determination and character."

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Key moments

Goal Bradley Woods-Garness scores for Tonbridge Angels
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
Own Goal Phil Walsh scores an own goal
Goal Luke Blewden scores for Tonbridge Angels


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90:00 Goal 4 - 0
Luke Blewden scores for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Assist
Luke Allen makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Anthony Di Bernardo keeps a clean sheet for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Player of the Match
Luke Blewden is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
86:00 Assist
Charlie Webster makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
86:00 Own Goal 3 - 0
Phil Walsh scores an own goal
82:00 Sub Off
Nathan Elder is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
82:00 Sub On
Luke Allen is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
79:00 Goal 2 - 0
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
79:00 Assist
Jerrome Sobers makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub Off
Sonny Miles is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub On
Laurence Ball is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub Off
Bradley Woods-Garness is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub On
Charlie Webster is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Bradley Woods-Garness scores for Tonbridge Angels
31:00 Assist
Nick Wheeler makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Leatherhead
  • 0
  • Bradley Woods-Garness Goal 31:00'
  • Nick Wheeler Assist 31:00'
  • Sonny Miles Sub Off 45:00'
  • Laurence Ball Sub On 45:00'
  • Bradley Woods-Garness Sub Off 45:00'
  • Charlie Webster Sub On 45:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 79:00'
  • Jerrome Sobers Assist 79:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub Off 82:00'
  • Luke Allen Sub On 82:00'
  • Charlie Webster Assist 86:00'
  • Phil Walsh Own Goal 86:00'
  • Luke Blewden Goal 90:00'
  • Luke Allen Assist 90:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hampton & Richmond Borough 46 95
2. Bognor Regis Town 46 94
3. East Thurrock United 46 91
4. Tonbridge Angels 46 85
5. Dulwich Hamlet 46 81
6. Enfield Town 46 80
7. Kingstonian 46 73

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