Stalemate at Longmead
Potential play off rivals share points
These two sides were meeting for the second time in five days at Longmead but this time it was League points at stake as opposed to last Tuesday's encounter when the Angels duly took their place in the Ryman League Cup Final with a 3-1 win against the Hamlet.
It seemed that perhaps the sides knew too much about each other with the outcome that they cancelled each other out with genuine chances at something of a premium
It was a relatively quiet opening although Angels Nick Wheeler had a couple of good runs down the left flank only for the crosses to be cut out by defenders. After around 10 minutes, Dulwich started to get a foothold in the match with ex Angel Nathan's Green run and cross almost diverted into his own goal by Sonny Miles. On the right flank Sanchez Ming was starting to see a lot of the ball with his crosses testing the Angels 'keeper Jonny Henly and his defenders
On 26 minutes Dipo Akingyeah saw his header bounce off the Tonbridge bar for a goal kick following a cross from Green. Dulwich finished the half on top but unable to break the Angels resistance.
The second half started with a great chance for Tonbridge to take the lead when Nicky Wheeler crossed and Akrofi seemed favourite at the near post but the shot was mistimed. A minute later from the resultant corner Mitchell Nelson was just wide at the back post with a header.
On 62 minutes a Green cross for Dulwich deserved better when just for a moment it seemed the visitors outnumbered the home defenders, but somehow the Angels managed to clear the danger.
The 82nd minute saw a long throw from Luke Blewden back headed by Elder but keeper Preston just about held on to the ball.
As the game entered the closing stages both sides continued probing but the sense was with defences on top this was going to be goal less.
Afterwards Angels manager Steve McKimm was critical of his players during the first half: "We just weren't good enough and bearing in mind we are now at the business end of the season I expect more effort . We improved second half and I've got to be pleased with the clean sheet"
For the visitors, manager Gavin Rose said: " I'm a bit disappointed not to win especially as we had the better of the first half but all in all a draw was probably a fair result."
Picture: Wesley Filtness