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Tonbridge Angels
Dulwich Hamlet
Sat 18 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 656

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

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Nick Wheeler is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jonathan Henly keeps a clean sheet for Tonbridge Angels
76:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
76:00 Sub On
Andre McCollin is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
69:00 Sub Off
Luke Allen is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
69:00 Sub On
Luke Blewden is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
63:00 Sub Off
Ugo Udoji is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
63:00 Sub On
Liam Smith is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
24:00 Yellow Card
Alex Akrofi is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Dulwich Hamlet
  • 0
  • Alex Akrofi Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Ugo Udoji Sub Off 63:00'
  • Liam Smith Sub On 63:00'
  • Luke Allen Sub Off 69:00'
  • Luke Blewden Sub On 69:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 76:00'
  • Andre McCollin Sub On 76:00'
  • Nick Wheeler Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Udoji, Ugo Udoji, Ugo
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Nelson, Mitchell Nelson, Mitchell
Scannell, Damian Scannell, Damian
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Wheeler, Nick Wheeler, Nick
Allen, Luke Allen, Luke
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Bognor Regis Town 40 82
2. Havant & Waterlooville 40 78
3. Leiston 38 68
4. Needham Market 41 68
5. Tonbridge Angels 41 65
6. Dulwich Hamlet 38 64
7. Enfield Town 41 63

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