Angels First Team - Match centre

Tonbridge Angels
Hendon
N Elder (77')
Full time
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 495

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

Key moments

77:00
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Sonny Miles is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jonathan Henly keeps a clean sheet for Tonbridge Angels
77:00 Goal 1 - 0
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
77:00 Assist
Jey Siva makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
74:00 Sub Off
Tommy Whitnell is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
74:00 Sub On
Dom Welsh is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
62:00 Sub Off
Liam Smith is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
62:00 Sub On
Tom Beere is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Chris Kinnear is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
20:00 Yellow Card
Liam Smith is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
9:00 Yellow Card
Craig Stone is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Hendon
  • 0
  • Craig Stone Yellow Card 9:00'
  • Liam Smith Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Chris Kinnear Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Liam Smith Sub Off 62:00'
  • Tom Beere Sub On 62:00'
  • Tommy Whitnell Sub Off 74:00'
  • Dom Welsh Sub On 74:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 77:00'
  • Jey Siva Assist 77:00'
  • Sonny Miles Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Whitnell, Tommy Whitnell, Tommy
Beavan, George Beavan, George
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Blewden, Luke Blewden, Luke
Stone, Craig Stone, Craig
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan
Kinnear, Chris Kinnear, Chris
Thompson, Dan Thompson, Dan

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Harrow Borough 3 9
2. Staines Town 3 7
3. Tonbridge Angels 3 7
4. Leiston 3 7
5. Hendon 3 6
6. Billericay Town 3 6
7. Leatherhead 3 6

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