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Leatherhead
Tonbridge Angels
Sat 25 Feb 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 400

Angels have to be satisfied with a point

Goalless at Fetcham Grove

It was perhaps almost inevitable that with the previous fixture between Leatherhead and the Angels finishing with the sides sharing the points in an eight goal thriller that todays game would end in a goalless draw. Perhaps both sides knowing much about their opponents attacking credentials , on this occasion tended to cancel each other out.

While the Tanners shaded the first half, Tonbridge had the better of the second period but the final pass was too often astray. Six players saw referee Ryan Atkin produce his yellow card but in no way was this a dirty game.

Leatherhead started the stronger and almost made the pressure tell on 8 minutes when Kadell Daniel forced a terrific save from Angels keeper Anthony Di Bernardo who managed to push the ball against the post with James Folkes managing to get his head on the rebound with the result a corner. Five minutes later Leatherhead had another chance to open the scoring but this time it was Angels midfielder Damian Scannell who spotted the danger and was able to clear off the line.

After the first 20 minutes Tonbridge started to come more into the game but in truth chances for either side were few and far between. The Angels best chance came following a mistake in the Leatherhead defence which allowed Alex Akrofi to put Luke Allen through on goal on 27 minutes. His final shot although on target lacked real pace and was easy enough for Louie Wells in the Leatherhead goal to gather.

Tonbridge controlled proceedings far better in the second half with their back four largely dealing with any attack the home side could muster. There was however one scare for the Kent side in the 56th minute when following a Jack Parter block from a Calum Davies shot, the resultant corner forced a great save from Di Bernardo low to his right.

It was to be Leatherhead's last real chance of the game with Tonbridge starting to look the likelier to open the scoring. With the ball winning attributes of Tom Phipp and Allen in midfield combined with the trickery of Nicky Wheeler at the tip of the diamond formation, the Angels started to take control.

On 77 minutes Wheeler's low cross from the right came into a dangerous area with Nathan Elder ready to pounce but somehow Wells got something on the ball and danger for Leatherhead was averted. As the clock ticked down another Wheeler cross and then a corner ought to have been converted by his colleagues but it was one of those days when it seemed that the Tonbridge forwards simply were not quite on song.

Afterwards, Angels boss Steve McKimm said: " Obviously its disappointing not to get the three points but we'll take the point and move on. It keeps the unbeaten run going, and its another clean sheet but I thought we lacked quality in the final third. Tony's had to make two very good saves but apart from that we weren't in too much trouble defensively."

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
Anthony Di Bernardo is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
80:00 Sub Off
Nathan Elder is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
80:00 Sub On
Dan Thompson is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
69:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
69:00 Sub On
Andre McCollin is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
59:00 Sub Off
Damian Scannell is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
59:00 Sub On
Luke Blewden is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Leatherhead
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Damian Scannell Sub Off 59:00'
  • Luke Blewden Sub On 59:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 69:00'
  • Andre McCollin Sub On 69:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub Off 80:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub On 80:00'
  • Anthony Di Bernardo Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Di Bernardo, Anthony Di Bernardo, Anthony
Folkes, James Folkes, James
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Wheeler, Nick Wheeler, Nick
Parkinson, Tom Parkinson, Tom
Udoji, Ugo Udoji, Ugo
Allen, Luke Allen, Luke
Scannell, Damian Scannell, Damian
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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