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Tonbridge Angels
Thurrock
N Elder (42'), A Akrofi (51')
Full time
Tue 21 Nov 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 251

Second win in three days for Angels

Elder and Akrofi strike

The Angels recorded back to back league victories for only the second time this season against a Thurrock side who remain without a single point on the road for this campaign.

Tonbridge fully deserved their one goal lead at the interval although it took them until the 42nd to get themselves in front. Nathan Elder skimmed the bar with a header in the 7th minute and just a couple of minutes later Alex Akrofi was able to go round ‘keeper Jake Jessup but on a narrow angle his effort skimmed along the goal line.

Joe Turner’s terrific left wing run set up Akrofi but the goal hungry forward’s effort was blocked and the same player had another chance but his shot cannoned off a Thurrock defender.

On 38 minutes Jack Parter set up Joe Turner but the left midfielder saw his shot go just wide of the left hand post. Tonbridge needed to turn their dominance into goals and eventually as half time was approaching a Turner free kick was fumbled by keeper Jessup with Elder on hand to fire the loose ball home.

There had been just the one worrying moment for Tonbridge in the 16th minute when somehow Dennis Oli wriggled his way through the Angels defence but Jonny Henly was there to snuff out the danger.

The second half was only six minutes old when the game appeared to have been made safe as Tonbridge scored their second goal. Despite strong appeals for an Angels corner only a throw was awarded to the home side but they made the most of it with the ball falling to Parter. His well struck but low cross into the danger area saw Akrofi get in front of his marker to slot the ball past Jessup.

It should have got even better for the Angels on 69 minutes when Elder’s header fell invitingly into the path of Akrofi but his lob was misjudged and went sailing over the crossbar.

As the game moved into its last 15 minutes, Thurrock suddenly realised they were in a football match and at last started to push men forward. The Tonbridge defence superbly marshalled by Sonny Miles and Craig Stone largely withstood the pressure and no real chances were created. It was something of a surprise therefore when in stoppage time from yet another free kick Lewiss Spence rose highest at the far post to head home for a very late consolation.

Angels boss, Steve McKimm said afterwards : “I’m very pleased with the result, the three points and the way my players performed this evening. Thurrock threw a bit at us in the last 10 minutes or so but we dealt with virtually all of it.”

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Alex Akrofi

Player of the Match

Alex Akrofi

Key moments

42:00
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
51:00
Goal Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Sub On
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Player of the Match
Alex Akrofi is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
88:00 Sub Off
Bradley Stevenson is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
88:00 Sub On
Liam Smith is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
82:00 Sub Off
Nathan Elder is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
82:00 Sub On
Dan Thompson is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
51:00 Goal 2 - 0
Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
51:00 Assist
Jack Parter makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 1 - 0
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
42:00 Assist
Joe Turner makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
40:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Worrall is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
40:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Elder is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Thurrock
  • 0
  • Ryan Worrall Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Nathan Elder Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 42:00'
  • Joe Turner Assist 42:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Goal 51:00'
  • Jack Parter Assist 51:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub Off 82:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub On 82:00'
  • Bradley Stevenson Sub Off 88:00'
  • Liam Smith Sub On 88:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 90:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Jelley, Tom Jelley, Tom
Stone, Craig Stone, Craig
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Stevenson, Bradley Stevenson, Bradley
Worrall, Ryan Worrall, Ryan
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Vidal, Xavier Vidal, Xavier

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Tooting & Mitcham United
1
3
Margate
5
2
Burgess Hill Town
Lowestoft Town
3
1
1
1
Wingate & Finchley
1
2
Staines Town
Hendon
3
3
Needham Market
5
1

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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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