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Harrow Borough
Tonbridge Angels
Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 203

Harrow plough through Angels

Borough hand out lesson in finishing

The Angels went down to their first league defeat of the season in addition to which they conceded their first goals in the league.

Harrow Borough opened the scoring in the 9th minute when Michael Bryan comprehensively beat Angels Craig Stone and fired low past Jonny Henly from an acute angle.

The hosts could have gone further ahead by creating a number of chances in the next 10 minutes with the Angels defence looking decidedly off colour. In particular Bryan was proving to be a real handful and it seemed only a matter of time before Tonbridge would concede again.

However they weathered the storm and gradually worked their way into the game with their first genuine chance coming in the 19th minute with a Jey Siva cross headed just over by Nathan Elder.

Bryan spelt danger again for the Angels on 23 minutes weaving through the away defence only for his shot to sail harmlessly past the right hand post. A minute later he was to receive a booking which appeared at least for a while to somewhat diffuse his performance.

Chances were now falling to the Angels with McCollin, Dan Thompson, and Elder coming close but it was that man Bryan who provided the last real action of the half with a shot which from his and Harrow's point of view was wasted. The visitors could perhaps feel relieved that they were still very much in this game at the break.

Tonbridge came out for the second half with more determination and straight from the kick off they dominated possession kicking down the slope. A Joe Turner shot from the edge of the area and an Elder header from a Kinnear cross were notice that they were taking the game to their hosts.

But Harrow Borough are a side who are happy enough to take the pressure - they play their slope well and they know they will get chances on the break and so it proved in the 59th minute when it appeared a rare home attack had broken down but the ball rebounded to Will Turl whose shot from outside the area beat Henly all hands down.

It was a blow from which the Angels never recovered. They huffed and they puffed winning a number of corners, and free kicks in the final third, but there just wasn't any cutting edge. From a corner,the ball fell to Sonny Miles with his hooked shot just over, but in truth it was an isolated scare for Harrow Borough who defended with calm efficiency.

Afterwards , Angels assistant manager Barry Moore said : "On another day they might have ended up with less players on the pitch but you can't blame referees for failure to win games. Harrow always play to their strengths and we got caught a couple of times. We need to dust ourselves down and prepare for Folkestone Invicta on Monday and put this result behind us."

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Chris Kinnear is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Yellow Card
George Beavan is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
86:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan Henly is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
74:00 Sub Off
Tommy Whitnell is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
74:00 Sub On
Luke Blewden is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
64:00 Sub Off
Dan Thompson is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
64:00 Sub On
Alex Akrofi is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harrow Borough
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Dan Thompson Sub Off 64:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub On 64:00'
  • Tommy Whitnell Sub Off 74:00'
  • Luke Blewden Sub On 74:00'
  • Jonathan Henly Yellow Card 86:00'
  • George Beavan Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Chris Kinnear Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Stone, Craig Stone, Craig
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Thompson, Dan Thompson, Dan
Beavan, George Beavan, George
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Whitnell, Tommy Whitnell, Tommy
Kinnear, Chris Kinnear, Chris
McCollin, Andre McCollin, Andre
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan

League round up

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Billericay Town
6
1
Burgess Hill Town
Dorking Wanderers
1
1
Staines Town
Folkestone Invicta
0
2
Tooting & Mitcham United
0
4
Wingate & Finchley
1
0
Margate

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Harrow Borough 14 21
8. Metropolitan Police 14 21
9. Tonbridge Angels 15 21
10. Wingate & Finchley 14 21
11. Brightlingsea Regent 15 21
12. Merstham 14 20
13. Folkestone Invicta 11 20

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