The comeback Angels!
By Jim Rowe
All three points after 2 - 0 down in first 10 minutes. Brace for Akrofi.
Following a disappointing performance last Saturday which resulted in criticism from a section of the Angels support, the team desperately needed a win to restore some pride and they got that victory against Dorking Wanderers although the win was hardly straightforward.
It was however the worst of starts for the visitors who found themselves two goals down after just 10 minutes. A fine run from James McShane set up ex Angel Lewis Taylor who made no mistake from close in and then the goalscorer turned provider with a decent pass to centre forward Giuseppe Sole who doubled Dorking’s account.
It looked like it was going to be a long night for the Angels but somewhat against the run of play a mistake in Dorking’s defence in the 24th minute allowed Nathan Elder to poke the ball past Wanderers keeper Slavomir Huk and Tonbridge were up and running. With confidence somewhat restored the Angels looked a force to be reckoned with and a minute later Elder combined with Alex Akrofi only for the latter to see his shot go just over.
The game was further turned Tonbridge’s way in the 28th minute when Dorking’s Isaac Philpott was controversially shown a straight red card for bringing down Elder and adjudged to be the last defender.
With Dorking clearly rattled, the Angels now took full control of the midfield and constantly fed the two front men with sumptuous passes and crosses. At times it was a masterclass of attacking football with a number of chances and eventually one had to fall right for the visitors. In the 44th minute, Joe Turner not for the first time got behind the Dorking defence and crossed to Akrofi whose looped header found the back of the net for the equalising goal.
For the second period, Tonbridge carried on where they left off with various chances falling to Akrofi, Elder and substitute Bradley Stevenson. In the 63rd minute with the ball loose in the Dorking penalty area Akrofi pounced with his second goal of the evening and the visitors’ comeback was complete.
There were further chances for Stevenson and Jack Parter as Tonbridge attempted to make the game safe but that fourth goal just wouldn’t come. As the game moved towards its final stages Dorking threw caution to the wind and pressed for an equaliser but the Angels defence held firm which included a fine save from their ‘keeper Jonny Henly.
Afterwards Angels boss Steve McKimm was full of praise for his players: “Some of them including Alex and Nathan are still getting over this flu bug and you saw what they did out there tonight. Yes, they were under a bit of pressure in the last 10 minutes but they’ve seen the game out and all credit to them.”
Picture : Neil Durling