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Tonbridge Angels
Burgess Hill Town
Tue 17 Jan 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 256

Goalless at freezing Longmead

Angels apply the pressure but no reward

There was little for the 256 spectators at a bitterly cold Longmead to get excited about as Tonbridge Angels and Burgess Hill Town played out a goalless draw on a frosty pitch which was nevertheless perfectly playable and could not be blamed for the lack of goals.

Despite largely dominating the first period Angels were unable to get that vital breakthrough during the first half and it 0-0 at the break. This despite chances falling to Elder in the 10th and 15th minutes forcing a couple of excellent saves from Burgess Hill keeper, Max Huxter.

The long throws of Luke Blewden were causing the Hillians defence a few problems with Elder employing the flick on but none of his colleagues were able to take advantage.

Burgess Hill during that first 45 minutes offered comparatively little threat up front although on 23 minutes ex Angel Billy Medlock was able to cut in from the right and get a shot away which was smothered by Anthony Di Bernardo.

The second half produced a similar pattern with the Angels making most of the running with the Hillians largely content to play a containing role.

On 52 minutes Tom Parkinson's header looked goalbound as it sailed through the air but somehow drifted wide of the Hillians right hand post. Elder again saw his headed chance come to nothing in the 65th minute.

Burgess Hill did manage to create a passage of concerted pressure around the 68th minute that ended with an on target shot from Dan Pearse but it was a relatively comfortable save for Di Bernardo.

With time running out, Jack Parter's drive looked very promising particularly when he slipped the ball through to Elder but the Angels striker seemed unable to steady himself enough to get a decent shot away and the danger for Burgess Hill evaporated. Almost immediately after that, substitute Sid Sollis headed straight at Huxter when either side would have been a certain goal. It was just that kind of night.

Afterwards Angels boss Steve McKimm took some comfort from the fact the game wasn't lost and it was a clean sheet but admitted it was two points dropped while for Burgess Hill it was a point gained. "Fair play to them they've come here with that in mind and got that point. Their keeper has made a couple of top drawer saves first half and if either of those had gone in we would have probably gone on to score a couple more, but it wasn't to be. We haven't played badly tonight, it's simply we haven't converted the chances when on another night they might have gone in."

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Anthony Di Bernardo keeps a clean sheet for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Player of the Match
Damian Scannell is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
82:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
82:00 Sub On
Sid Sollis is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
65:00 Sub Off
Luke Allen is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
65:00 Sub On
Tom Phipp is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
34:00 Yellow Card
Alex Akrofi is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Burgess Hill Town
  • 0
  • Alex Akrofi Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Luke Allen Sub Off 65:00'
  • Tom Phipp Sub On 65:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 82:00'
  • Sid Sollis Sub On 82:00'
  • Damian Scannell Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Di Bernardo, Anthony Di Bernardo, Anthony
Folkes, James Folkes, James
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Allen, Luke Allen, Luke
Beavan, George Beavan, George
Parkinson, Tom Parkinson, Tom
Blewden, Luke Blewden, Luke
Scannell, Damian Scannell, Damian
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Wheeler, Nick Wheeler, Nick

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Bognor Regis Town 39 79
2. Havant & Waterlooville 38 77
3. Needham Market 40 67
4. Leiston 37 65
5. Tonbridge Angels 40 65
6. Wingate & Finchley 40 63
7. Dulwich Hamlet 36 61

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