Tonbridge Angels 2 Dorking Wanderers 0
Good second half performance sees off Dorking Wanderers
For the first time this season, the Angels recorded back-to-back League wins coupled with clean sheets with a satisfying, hard fought victory over Dorking Wanderers at Longmead.
Steve McKimm named an unchanged side from Saturday’s single goal victory at Burgess Hill.
Dorking came with a decent pass and move game and edged the first half. Jonny Henly made good saves to deny Tom Tolfrey and Rob Sheridan with the Angels also indebted to George Beavan for a superb goal line clearance after Luke Moore had rounded Henly.
Tonbridge opened the game brightly with Alex Akrofi firing over after three minutes and a nice interplay of passes between Joe Turner and Tom Beere saw the ball to the feet of Nathan Elder but the visiting goalkeeper, Josh Pelling, smothered at the striker’s feet.
Tonbridge responded to the half-time team talk and with Turner and Beere seeing much more of the ball, chances began to be created with Dorking carrying far less of a threat going forward.
A good move down the left between Jack Parter and Elder opened up a shooting chance for Beere but he dragged his shot wide and a couple of minutes later, spotting the keeper off his line, Beere tried an audacious lob from 40 yards that was wide but you can’t win a raffle without buying a ticket!
With the Angels midfield now dominating the opposition, Parter was able to get forward and his crosses into the box were ratcheting up the pressure on the visiting defence.
After 58 minutes, Dan Thompson was introduced for Nathan Elder and a couple of minutes later the Angels were in front. A slick interchange between Parter and Turner opened up space for the latter to curl a low shot into the bottom corner.
Pelling saved low to his left a free kick from Turner; fielded a shot from Parter and picked up a yellow card for hand ball outside of his area in a five minute spell in which he took centre stage.
The game was now very much one-way traffic in the Angels favour with the pace of Andre McCollin brought on to further stretch a tiring Dorking back line.
McCollin did, however, need to take a yellow card for the team as the visitors threatened a breakaway and in a rare foray, substitute Tom Summerfield had a good opportunity but blasted over.
As Dorking threw bodies forward in search of a late equaliser an attack broke down with a long punt out of defence that found McCollin one-on-one with a defender who was left in his wake for the striker to round the goalkeeper and score. As Barry Moore reflected later, it was the type of goal that McCollin has been scoring 20 times a season for the last ten years.
The win lifts the Angels to ninth place, just three points off the play-off spots as they go in search of three successive wins at Leatherhead on Saturday where they will meet groundsharers Kingstonian.