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Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 264

K's clinical in 2-1 defeat for Angels

Plenty of play but 'some players hid' - Manager

Tonbridge missed out on making it three straight wins after losing 2-1 on a late summer's afternoon in Surrey.

The Angels played some attractive football again, carrying on where we left off against Dorking in that respect, but failed to turn that possession into clear cut chances, conceding on 43 and 59, and only having Callum Adonis-Taylor's late consolation to show for their attacking efforts.

Tonbridge made just one change to the side who beat Dorking, with Adonis-Taylor making his first league appearance of the season in the centre of defence for George Beavan. Craig Stone played at the back of the diamond and Elder and Akrofi were chosen as the two strikers.

Tom Beere was again impressive in the first half and was at the centre of most of our moves, but if you were to try and recall a moment when we had a period of clear cut chances, not many came to mind.

Kingstonian, who these days play at Leatherhead's Fetcham Grove, took the lead as half-time approached. Alec Fiddes was fouled by Jack Parter, who was starting to lose the defensive battle with K's right-winger. From the free kick, former Gillingham trainee Kane Haysman converted past Henly.

In the second half, Kingstonian were the stronger side, although our back four were equal to most of what they threw at us. Ks had more of the possession and chances, and on the hour mark they made it two. Again, it came from the wing play of Alec Fiddes who beat Parter, got to the goal-line, crossed in for Haysman who scored his and Kingstonian's second.

The biggest positive for Angels was the first senior goal for 18 year old central defender Callum Adonis-Taylor, and what a decent finish it was too. Sadly for the Angels it came deep into stoppage time, too late to put the result in any doubt.

From a corner, Tonbridge won the first ball, it dropped to Adonis-Taylor, whose deflected volley found the back of the net.

Manager Steve McKimm said afterwards that too many players hid, and didn't seem to want the ball enough, but he was very complimentary about our back four, particularly teenagers Liam Smith and Callum Adonis-Taylor, who showed a maturity beyond their age.

The defeat means we drop two places to 11th in the Bostik Premier Division, with 14 points from 10 games. We're four points off the play-offs.

TONBRIDGE: Henly; Smith, Miles, Adonis-Taylor, Parter; Stone; Blewden (Whitnell), Turner; Beere; Elder (Thompson), Akrofi (McCollin).

KINGSTONIAN: Tolfrey, Goode, Little, Gogonas, Page, Rodgers, Fiddes, Taylor, Derry (Mbo), Collins (Fraser), Haysman.

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Wingate & Finchley 46 69
10. Metropolitan Police 46 66
11. Tonbridge Angels 46 64
12. Harrow Borough 46 63
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57

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