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Tonbridge Angels
Havant & Waterlooville
A Akrofi (13')
Full time
Tue 28 Feb 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 408

Angels up to third after 1-1 draw with Havant

Hawks swoop with late strike to cancel out Akrofi's early goal

The Angels record against this season's Ryman Premier 'big hitters', Bognor Regis, Needham Market and Leiston shows out of four league matches played so far before this evening there have been two wins, one draw and one defeat. Today it was the turn of another side challenging for the title, Havant & Waterlooville to test Tonbridge's credentials.

The 1-1 draw that followed put the Angels up into 3rd spot ahead of Needham Market on goal difference and was probably a fair result although the home side's players will have been disappointed to have conceded the equalising goal relatively late on 82 minutes.

There was just one change to the Angels side that started at Leatherhead on Saturday with Luke Blewden coming in for the injured Damian Scannell. Tom Phipp was the holding player in the diamond formation with Luke Allen moving to the left of midfield.

The first half saw Havant largely control the midfield areas with the Angels attempting to hit their visitors on the break. Alfie Rutherford for Havant tried his luck with a long range shot on 6 minutes while Rory Williams did likewise a minute later. Angels Allen dispatched a free kick in the 11th minute but it was straight at Ryan Young in the Havant goal.

It was Allen again whose cross was met by Nathan Elder in the 12th minute with a terrific header that brought out an equally brilliant save from Young. Tonbridge however kept up the pressure and a minute later a clever through ball from Tom Phipp put Alex Akrofi clear on goal and he made no mistake with an accurate shot past Young to open the scoring for the home side.

On 25 minutes Bradley Tarbuck for the visitors was in with a chance from the right flank but the final effort was blocked and there was something of a scramble in the Tonbridge goal area on 39 minutes the ball eventually going out for a goal kick with Havant's Theo Lewis being booked for diving.

Despite two quality sides playing at times some excellent football there were few outright chances created and this theme was to continue into the second half.

On 49 minutes Blewden's long throw caused some confusion in the Havant defence with the ball running loose to the unmarked Nicky Wheeler. His first time hooked shot was the right height but unfortunately for Tonbridge just wide of the left hand post.

Nine minutes later Alfie Rutherford's shot forced a good a save from Angels keeper Anthony Di Bernardo. The 71st minute saw Jack Parter's excellent run and cross just about dealt with by the Havant defence before a Tonbridge payer could take advantage.

Despite the fact that Havant were pressing more as the game reached the last 10 minutes it looked as if the Angels were just about doing enough to hold on to their slender lead. However, in the 82nd minute Nicky Wheeler committed an unnecessary foul and the resultant well taken free kick was just slightly misjudged by the Tonbridge defence with Jason Prior at the far post gleefully and willingly accepting the chance to even things up.

During the final few minutes it was perhaps Havant who looked the likelier to claim victory but Tonbridge held on and it would have been a little harsh for either side if the result had been anything but honours even.

Afterwards, Angels Assistant Manager, Barry Moore said: "I was pleased with our overall performance tonight against a quality Havant side. We restricted them to very few genuine chances although to be fair we didn't create too many ourselves. Alex took his goal very well as he had a long time to think about it."

Key moments

13:00
Goal Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Luke Allen is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
73:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
73:00 Sub On
Andre McCollin is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
13:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
13:00 Assist
Tom Phipp makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Havant & Waterlooville
  • 0
  • Alex Akrofi Goal 13:00'
  • Tom Phipp Assist 13:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 73:00'
  • Andre McCollin Sub On 73:00'
  • Luke Allen Player of the Match 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Havant & Waterlooville 46 94
2. Bognor Regis Town 46 92
3. Dulwich Hamlet 46 80
4. Enfield Town 46 76
5. Wingate & Finchley 46 75
6. Tonbridge Angels 46 74
7. Leiston 46 73

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