Angels edge past the Greens
Opening win for McKimms's men
For the 4th season running Angels boss Steve McKimm maintained his run of opening day victories. Angels over the 90 minutes just about deserved the three points against a hard working Hendon side basically because they showed more potency up front with the combined efforts of their two big strikers Dan Thompson and Nathan Elder who combined together effectively. Hendon for their part could not quite find the same rhythm.
The first half was a fairly even affair and although Hendon had perhaps the two clearest chances through Zak Joseph and Keagan Cole both forcing Angels keeper Jonny Henly into action, the home side provided more movement in the Hendon final third. In particular the crossing of Luke Blewden and Tommy Whitnell was a regular threat to the Greens defence.
It seemed as if the deadlock would be broken in the 56th minute with the award of a penalty to the visitors following a foul by full back Liam Smith. Hendon's Joseph however was to smash the ball against the crossbar and it bounced away harmlessly for a goal kick.
What was to prove the only goal of the game arrived in the 77th minute when a great lay off from Thompson to Jey Siva allowed the full back to cross for Elder to just get in front of Arthur Lee and produce a touch past Greens keeper Tom Lovelock. There was evidence to suggest that Lee actually had the final touch but Elder claimed the strike and whose going to argue with him?
Hendon tried their best to get on level terms but the Tonbridge defence led by captain Sonny Miles stood its ground.
Afterwards, Steve McKimm said: "I'm very pleased with the three points and the clean sheet against a good Hendon side. They caused a few problems in the first half with the pace of their wing play but we dealt with that and apart from the Ebbsfleet friendly that was our most promising performance basically because players followed instructions.
Attendance was 495.
Picture : Ian Clear