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Angels First Team - Match centre

Tonbridge Angels
N Wheeler (13'), L Blewden (23')
Full time
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 589

Angels in 6th spot

A 'what might have been' season ends with pyrrhic victory

At the final whistle of the final Ryman Premier match of the season it was difficult to assess whether the home crowd were happy at the 2-1 win or still smarting at the narrow failure to reach the play offs particularly as the league table was to reveal that the Angels had failed by just one point to join the end of season 4 way competiton to claim that second coveted promotion place for National South.

There was no doubt how the manager felt. In his post match interview to be published in full on this website tomorrow (23.04.17.)morning, Steve McKimm said: "We had with respect to those teams involved, three final winnable matches, we've won two of them but failed at Folkestone simply because we didn't put in anything like enough effort. I learnt a lot from that match but I'm still frustrated."

As far as this match was concerned, Angels deserved the three points overall and perhaps should have won the game more comfortably.

The home side were in the ascendancy through most of the first half with a decent chance for Alex Akrofi as early as the 5th minute whose header was just over. Further chances for the home side then came for Dan Thompson in the 8th minute forcing a good save from Worthing keeper Kieron Thorp, and a minute later Mitchell Nelson saw his header cleared off the line by Will Hendon.

Tonbridge opened their account in the 13th minute when the away defence failed to properly clear a Liam Smith cross and Nicky Wheeler was on hand to rifle the ball past Thorp. The Angels were further ahead in the 23rd minute after Thompson's clever flick put Luke Blewden clear to round Thorp.

Worthing were handed a way back into the game with a dreadful mix up between Sonny Miles and keeper Jonny Henly with Worthing's Ben Pope able to virtually walk the ball into an empty net in the 28th minute.

The second period saw the away side gradually come into the game more but not before Angels substitute Luke Allen should have made the game safe in the 65th minute after a great set up by Akrofi, but he somehow blazed over from around 5 yds out. Almost inevitably, Worthing were going to get at least one big chance. That came in the 76th minute when Lloyd Dawes was through on goal but Henly was equal to the task blocking the shot with no Worthing player able to take advantage of the rebound.

Deep in stoppage time Sid Sollis could have put a more respectable look to the scoreline from a Tonbridge perspective but was off target with a spectacular volley following a fine cross from Allen.

After the match the Supporters Player of the Year was announced that being Jack Parter with skipper Tom Parkinson runner up for the third season running. Well done to both payers.

Our picture shows central defender Callum Adonis-Taylor one of three u18s players along with Liam Smith and Sid Sollis who featured and all had excellent games. Image by Wesley Filtness

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Sonny Miles

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Nick Wheeler scores for Tonbridge Angels
Goal Luke Blewden scores for Tonbridge Angels


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90:00 Player of the Match
Sonny Miles is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
80:00 Sub Off
Nick Wheeler is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
80:00 Sub On
Nathan Elder is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
68:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
68:00 Sub On
Sid Sollis is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
56:00 Sub Off
Tom Phipp is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
56:00 Sub On
Luke Allen is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 2 - 0
Luke Blewden scores for Tonbridge Angels
23:00 Assist
Dan Thompson makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
13:00 Goal 1 - 0
Nick Wheeler scores for Tonbridge Angels
13:00 Assist
Liam Smith makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Worthing
  • 0
  • Nick Wheeler Goal 13:00'
  • Liam Smith Assist 13:00'
  • Luke Blewden Goal 23:00'
  • Dan Thompson Assist 23:00'
  • Tom Phipp Sub Off 56:00'
  • Luke Allen Sub On 56:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 68:00'
  • Sid Sollis Sub On 68:00'
  • Nick Wheeler Sub Off 80:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub On 80:00'

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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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