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Angels First Team - Match centre

Tonbridge Angels
Wingate & Finchley
J Sobers (54', 65'), N Elder (68', 82')
Full time
Sat 12 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 502

Captain Sobers leads the fightback

Angels claim all the points from 3-0 down

The Angels took a huge step forward in their efforts to claim a top five place come the end of the season but they had to do it the hard way coming from 3-0 down against Wingate & Finchley in an extraordinary seven goal thriller.

It was a decent enough start for the home side winning a free kick in the 1st minute just outside the Wingate penalty area for handball but Luke Blewden's shot was well wide. Two minutes later the visitors responded with a positive run by Billy Healy but with the Angels defence largely absent his cross was over hit and the chance was gone.

On 7 minutes the away side's Alex Addai having made good progress down the right cut inside only to see his final shot sail well wide of the goal.

If that had been a warning to the Angels they didn't heed it as on 16 minutes Addai following a mix up on the Angels back line found himself clear and beat Anthony Di Bernardo with a hard low shot to the keeper's right.

It could have been 2-0 to Wingate on 20 minutes with Rob Laney's strong run and shot only thwarted by a smart save from Anthony Di Bernardo.

On 29 minutes however with the visitors full of confidence they did double their lead when that man Addai turned provider as he comprehensively outran the Tonbridge defence crossing for Billy Healey to convert the easiest of chances.

Having had a good dressing room chat at the interval the Angels emerged for the second half in determined mood and right from the kick off were showing more urgency. All that however seemed to go out of the window when in the 50th minute a simple ball over the top put Healey in the clear and he beat the onrushing di Bernardo with ease to put Wingate into what seemed an unassailable 3-0 advantage. Surely there would be no comeback for the Angels from this position.

On 54 minutes there was a glimmer of hope for the home supporters with Tonbridge pressure paying off when Jerrome Sobers scored what appeared to be a consolation with a header which looped over Wingate keeper Chris Haigh following Luke Blewden's long throw..

Those hopes became more positive when a Nicky Wheeler corner was headed back across goal by Sonny Miles for the skipper to claim his second goal of the afternoon on 65 minutes. The Angels were by now playing some superb football bolstered by the introductions of Tommy Whitnell and Luke Allen who between them were gaining valuable possession in the final third and thereby giving Nathan Elder, Blewden and Wheeler much more freedom up front.

The 68th minute saw the predatory instincts of Angels leading scorer Elder claim the by now almost inevitable equaliser following more heavy Tonbridge pressure with Tom Parkinson getting the assist..

Could the home side now finish the job and win the game? The answer came in the 82nd minute when following a terrific save by Haigh, a Wheeler corner was headed home by Elder for his brace. For the first time in the game the Angels were now defending a lead but it was fairly comfortable for them as Wingate seemed a spent force. There was perhaps one nervous moment for the home side deep in stoppage time when Sonny Miles was required to turn quickly to deal with a well fligjted free kick from the visitors with seconds later the final whistle sounding to confirm an amazing turnaround.

Inevitably, Angels manager Steve McKimm was not quite as ecstatic as the celebrating home supporters at the end of the game. "It was of course a great comeback and full credit for that , but to be honest we shouldn't have put ourselves in that position. From our perspective it was a very poor 1st half, I can't be completely happy conceding three goals at home, but it was great entertainment for the supporters and of course they will go home happy."

Jerrome Sobers

Player of the Match

Jerrome Sobers

Key moments

54:00
Goal Jerrome Sobers scores for Tonbridge Angels
65:00
Goal Jerrome Sobers scores for Tonbridge Angels
68:00
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
82:00
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jerrome Sobers is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
84:00 Sub Off
Nick Wheeler is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
84:00 Sub On
Charlie Webster is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
82:00 Goal 4 - 0
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
82:00 Assist
Nick Wheeler makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
68:00 Goal 3 - 0
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
68:00 Assist
Tom Parkinson makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
65:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jerrome Sobers scores for Tonbridge Angels
65:00 Assist
Sonny Miles makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
62:00 Sub Off
Anthony Riviere is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
62:00 Sub On
Luke Allen is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
54:00 Sub On
Tommy Whitnell is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
54:00 Sub Off
Bradley Woods-Garness is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
54:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jerrome Sobers scores for Tonbridge Angels
54:00 Assist
Luke Blewden makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
32:00 Yellow Card
Jerrome Sobers is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Wingate & Finchley
  • 0
  • Jerrome Sobers Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Tommy Whitnell Sub On 54:00'
  • Bradley Woods-Garness Sub Off 54:00'
  • Jerrome Sobers Goal 54:00'
  • Luke Blewden Assist 54:00'
  • Anthony Riviere Sub Off 62:00'
  • Luke Allen Sub On 62:00'
  • Jerrome Sobers Goal 65:00'
  • Sonny Miles Assist 65:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 68:00'
  • Tom Parkinson Assist 68:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 82:00'
  • Nick Wheeler Assist 82:00'
  • Nick Wheeler Sub Off 84:00'
  • Charlie Webster Sub On 84:00'

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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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