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Angels First Team - Match centre

Staines Town
Tonbridge Angels
Full time
N Elder (44'), G Beavan (56' Sent Off)
Sat 11 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 311

Angels go down the Swanee

Beavan sending off changes game

With three new players joining the Angels during the week tradition says that managers blood them in relatively gently but with two of those signings being one month loan deals the Tonbridge Boss Steve McKimm had no time for such luxuries and so Tom Jelley, Bradley Stevenson and Ryan Worrall all took to the field just before 300pm followed by an immaculately observed 1 minute’s silence to mark Armistice Day.

Both teams took around 10 minutes to settle down but it was the Kent side that took the early initiative with the promptings of Stevenson on the right wing causing problems for the Swans defence through set pieces and close control.

On 19 minutes Joe Turner for the Angels hit the bar and then a huge chance for Sonny Miles who somehow directed a header over the bar from 2 yds out. It was all Tonbridge at this stage with a Jelley cross diverted over the home crossbar by Josh Webb.

Almost inevitably Staines started to work their way into the game. Mo Bettamer provided a dangerous looking cross which just eluded a couple of Staines players while a goalmouth scramble in the Tonbridge area almost profited the Swans but they rather beat themselves when two of their players got in the way of each other.

A Staines free kick following an infringement and booking for Jack Parter was well defended by Sonny Miles but Angels weathered the storm and they then tended to reassert their authority. Alex Akrofi was brought down just outside the area with Stevenson’s daisy cutter of a free kick diverted wide of the goal by Akrofi.

On 39 minutes it was George Beavan to the rescue for the Angels when he cleared off the following a good save by Jonny Henly.

The action then moved to the other end with some clever play by Stevenson following a Joe Turner free kick that eventually saw the ball fall to Nathan Elder in a central position from where his shot beat Liam Driscoll in the Staines goal to put Tonbridge deservedly into the lead on 44 minutes. And it could have been so much sweeter for the Angels when deep in first half stoppage time Elder could have done better with Parter’s glorious cross.

Tonbridge needed to consolidate at the start of the second half but they failed to do so conceding the equalising goal in the 50th minute when a corner saw Henly electing to stay on his line and Josh Webb planting a firm header past the Angels keeper.

Six minutes later came the incident that changed the game. Tonbridge’s George Beavan just back from 4 week’s injury layoff was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident with a penalty being awarded to Staines. Bessamer made a complete mess of the spot kick with the ball sailing high over the bar.

With 10 men Tonbridge were however unable to take advantage and on 65 minutes the Swans went ahead when Elliott Buchanan converted a cross from the left with a crisp header. It was largely then a question of fighting a rearguard action for the Angels with their forwards having to feed off scraps. The game was put beyond their reach in the 83rd minute when possession was somewhat carelessly lost on the halfway line and a through ball forced Henly to come off his line. He was never going to win the race and although Staines were momentarily forced wide there was minimal away cover around the goal with Josh Webb claiming his second strike of the afternoon to put the Swans 3-1 up for the eventual final scoreline.

Afterwards, McKimm said: “It’s difficult to understand how the referee has come up with a total of seven cautions (two for Staines, five for Tonbridge) and a sending off in a game that was never dirty or even bad tempered. The sending off may have been justified, I’ll need to look at it, and it’s made it very difficult for us, but some of the other refereeing decisions were not easy to fathom. I was proud of the way some of my players performed particularly when a man short but their third goal was a poor one to concede. I was very pleased with the new signings, I thought they all did terrific so despite the disappointing result there were some encouraging signs.”

Key moments

44:00
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
56:00
Red Card George Beavan is sent off for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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79:00 Yellow Card
Dan Thompson is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
77:00 Sub On
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
77:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
72:00 Sub On
Xavier Vidal is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
72:00 Sub Off
Bradley Stevenson is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
70:00 Yellow Card
Joe Turner is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
67:00 Sub Off
Nathan Elder is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
67:00 Sub On
Dan Thompson is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
57:00 Yellow Card
Sonny Miles is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
56:00 Red Card 0 - 1
George Beavan is sent off for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 0 - 1
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
44:00 Assist
Bradley Stevenson makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
40:00 Yellow Card
Alex Akrofi is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
30:00 Yellow Card
Jack Parter is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Staines Town
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Jack Parter Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 44:00'
  • Bradley Stevenson Assist 44:00'
  • George Beavan Red Card 56:00'
  • Sonny Miles Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub Off 67:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub On 67:00'
  • Joe Turner Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Bradley Stevenson Sub Off 72:00'
  • Xavier Vidal Sub On 72:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 77:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub On 77:00'
  • Dan Thompson Yellow Card 79:00'

Team selection

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

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Leiston 17 27
9. Kingstonian 18 25
10. Tonbridge Angels 17 24
11. Wingate & Finchley 15 24
12. Brightlingsea Regent 18 24
13. Harrow Borough 18 21
14. Merstham 19 20

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