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Tonbridge Angels
Harlow Town
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 529

Hawks swoop down on lack lustre Angels

'Embarrassing performance' - McKimm

Harlow Town put a dent into the Angels play off hopes while at the same time still keeping alive their own aspirations of joining the end of season shake up with a comfortable 3-0 win at Longmead.

The visitors took the lead after just two minutes when Ibrahim Sonko rose unopposed to head the ball home via the underneath of the crossbar. Harlow might have doubled their score on 20 minutes when Joe Benjamin was put through with a clever free kick but his effort went into the side netting.

The home side started to come into the game in the last quarter of the half with chances falling to Alex Akrofi on 30 minutes whose shot grazed the upright, and Nicky Wheeler two minutes later with a close range shot that was well held by Harlow 'keeper David Hughes.

It was the goalscorer Sonko who had the best chance right on half time when he nearly repeated his earlier feat but this time his header was to crash against the Tonbridge crossbar and to relative safety.

Although Tonbridge's Mitchell Nelson went close with a header five minutes into the second half it was Harlow who added to their score in the 79th minute when the hosts failed to properly clear a corner and the loose ball fell to Sonko to score his second.

The Hawks triumph was confirmed in the 84th minute when Fabian Simms scored Harlow's third again as the result of a corner that the Angels failed to deal with.

Afterwards Angels manager, Steve McKimm said : "Myself and Barry went to look at Harlow play Burgess Hill midweek and identified their strength at set pieces, this information was given to the players, and what happens they score from three set pieces. Such is our form, at this rate we'll be lucky to finish in the top eight. At half time I could have chosen any player to come off such was the total lack of quality. Some of my players seem to think they are better than what they are - this afternoon they have been completely outplayed by the visitors."

It was the the Angels first double league defeat of the season and the heaviest home league defeat, but perhaps surprisingly they still stay in fifth position thanks to defeats for Dulwich Hamlet and Wingate & Finchley. On this form however unless there is an immediate improvement including the ability to win some difficult away games then they can wave goodbye to the playoffs.


Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Liam Smith is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Yellow Card
Liam Smith is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
83:00 Yellow Card
Tom Phipp is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
61:00 Sub Off
Luke Blewden is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
61:00 Sub On
Dan Thompson is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
46:00 Sub Off
Luke Allen is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
46:00 Sub On
Tom Phipp is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
46:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
46:00 Sub On
Andre McCollin is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Harlow Town
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  • Luke Allen Sub Off 46:00'
  • Tom Phipp Sub On 46:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 46:00'
  • Andre McCollin Sub On 46:00'
  • Luke Blewden Sub Off 61:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub On 61:00'
  • Tom Phipp Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Liam Smith Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Liam Smith Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Nelson, Mitchell Nelson, Mitchell
Scannell, Damian Scannell, Damian
Blewden, Luke Blewden, Luke
Wheeler, Nick Wheeler, Nick
Allen, Luke Allen, Luke
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan

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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