Last Tuesday saw the Angels venture to the Kent Coast to play Margate who had endured a pretty miserable 2016/17 season in National South with relegation confirmed some weeks before the end of the campaign. To their credit they have drawn a line under that and with fresh financial backing, many are predicting they might just bounce straight back.
As a goalless draw it would not have been a great game for the neutral but Tonbridge supporters and the manager were very pleased to take something from what was on paper a challenging fixture so early in the season.
The first half saw the hosts enjoy the majority of chances but with nothing to show for it at the break. David Martin shot just wide after 13 minutes and two minutes later following some heavy pressure on the Tonbridge goal Margate hit the bar which was immediately followed by another Martin shot that Jonny Henly did well to save. The visitors were not however without threat as was proved in the 9th minute when Tommy Whitnell’s corner caused mayhem in the Margate goal area culminating in Chris Kinnear hitting the back of the net. Unfortunately a flag was raised for offside presumably against Dan Thompson although arguably he wasn’t interfering with play. Another Whitnell corner saw Elder’s header a whisker away from opening the scoring. There was a further chance for Margate as the half came to a close again from an attack down the left.
The second half saw a much improved Tonbridge performance with better possession and more movement. Two minutes into the half there was a big appeal for a Margate handball in the area but the referee was unmoved. In the 61st minute Margate keeper Lenny Pidgeley dropped the ball at a cross but the referee decided he had been impeded. Nathan Elder got a shot away from Jey Siva’s free kick but a Margate boot deflected it away for a corner and despite a few Margate efforts as the game reached its conclusion there was increasingly the feeling that the 632 crowd was not going to see any goals.