Angels First Team - Match centre

Tonbridge Angels
Metropolitan Police
A Akrofi (51'), L Blewden (66')
Full time
Sat 7 Jan 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 420

Angels edge vital fixture

Akrofi and Blewden on target

Tonbridge edged a close encounter that was in the balance right up to the final whistle. Despite being the slightly better side during the first period they found themselves behind at the break with it all to to do to get their play off hopes back on track. By contrast Met Police were desperate for points to ease their relegation worries.

Although chances had fallen to the home side through Tom Phipp, Tom Parkinson, and Alex Akrofi, the Met took the lead on 39 minutes when after good work on the left from Roman Michael-Percil, Lloyd Macklin was able to bundle the ball past Anthony Di Bernardo in the Angels goal. It could have got even better for the visitors three minutes later when Michael-Percil failed to get sufficient height on an attempted lob when through on goal.

It didn't take the home side long to get back on level terms in the second half. On 51 minutes Jack Parter's exquisite cross from the left saw Alex Akrofi jump highest in a crowded penalty area to head home last Billy Bishop. The home side continued to press and on 66 minutes a fine move involving Akrofi, Nathan Elder and finally Luke Blewden saw the Tonbridge substitute fire home what would prove to be the winner. The visitors made a terrific effort to get something from the match but the Angels held on for a vital three points.

Afterwards a relieved Angels Boss, Steve McKimm who had seen his side gain only one point from their last four fixtures praised the players for their determination to get the campaign back on track. He said : "Despte being the bettter team for the first half we've failed to break them down and with only three chances for them, they've scored from one. Credit my players for coming out for the second half and for 20-25 minutes by playing some of the best football this season they've taken the game by the scruff of the neck and established a lead. The Met have made a huge effort for the last 20 minutes to try and get something from the game and perhaps we haven't always looked after the ball as well as we should, but we've stuck at it and taken the three points."

Picture, Wesley Filtness

Key moments

51:00
Goal Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
66:00
Goal Luke Blewden scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Sub On
Sid Sollis is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Player of the Match
Alex Akrofi is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
79:00 Sub On
Tommy Whitnell is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
79:00 Sub Off
Tom Phipp is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
66:00 Goal 2 - 0
Luke Blewden scores for Tonbridge Angels
66:00 Assist
Nathan Elder makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
51:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
51:00 Assist
Jack Parter makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
46:00 Sub Off
George Beavan is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
46:00 Sub On
Luke Blewden is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Metropolitan Police
  • 0
  • George Beavan Sub Off 46:00'
  • Luke Blewden Sub On 46:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Goal 51:00'
  • Jack Parter Assist 51:00'
  • Luke Blewden Goal 66:00'
  • Nathan Elder Assist 66:00'
  • Tom Phipp Sub Off 79:00'
  • Tommy Whitnell Sub On 79:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 90:00'
  • Sid Sollis Sub On 90:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Di Bernardo, Anthony Di Bernardo, Anthony
Folkes, James Folkes, James
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Scannell, Damian Scannell, Damian
Beavan, George Beavan, George
Nelson, Mitchell Nelson, Mitchell
Allen, Luke Allen, Luke
Parkinson, Tom Parkinson, Tom
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex

League round up

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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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