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