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Tonbridge Angels
Needham Market
J Turner (9' Pen), N Elder (41', 60'), A Akrofi (48'), T Kwayie (90')
Full time
Sat 18 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 383

Angels nick it in nine goal thriller

Two penalties in a game of ebb and flow

The Angels and the Marketmen served up a thriller with the result in doubt until the very end.

Angels opened the scoring in the 9th minute when following a strong run down the left Alex Akrofi cut in and was brought down in the area. Joe Turner converted the spot kick giving Needham Market keeper Daniel Gay no chance.
The lead only lasted eight minutes with Diaz Wright for the Suffolk side scoring following a free kick.

Despite chances for Tonbridge through Akrofi and Nathan Elder it was Needham Market who took the lead on 31 minutes when following pressure in the Angels penalty area Callum Harrison poked the ball past Jonny Henly.

Parity was restored in the 41st minute when a through ball caught the Needham Market defence napping and Elder ran through with a clever shot past Gay that crept in at the far past.

Three minutes into the second half Angels were once again in the lead when Akrofi got his head to a Turner cross and the game appeared to be won for the home side when 12 minutes later Elder headed in at the near post from a corner.

Needham Market however had other ideas and their pressure brought rewards through a controversial penalty on 69 minutes converted by Daniel Morphew and when Jamie Griffiths equalised in the 84th minute they looked perhaps the favourites to take all the points. In the 90th minute it was the home side that won the game through an angled shot by Tashi-Jay Kwayie. It was cruel on Needham Market but the Angels won’t be worrying too much.

Afterwards, Angels boss, Steve McKimm said: “This evening myself and the players will enjoy the win. Allowing for the fact that some players were in non-preferred positions I thought they all worked their socks off. There were some tired legs out there.”

Key moments

9:00
Scored Penalty Joe Turner scores a penalty for Tonbridge Angels
41:00
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
48:00
Goal Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
60:00
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
90:00
Goal Tashi-Jay Kwayie scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 5 - 0
Tashi-Jay Kwayie scores for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Player of the Match
Nathan Elder is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
88:00 Sub Off
Nathan Elder is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
88:00 Sub On
Dom Welsh is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub Off
Bradley Stevenson is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub On
Dan Thompson is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
65:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
65:00 Sub On
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
60:00 Goal 4 - 0
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
48:00 Goal 3 - 0
Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 2 - 0
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
9:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Joe Turner scores a penalty for Tonbridge Angels
9:00 Assist
Alex Akrofi makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Needham Market
  • 0
  • Joe Turner Scored Penalty 9:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Assist 9:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 41:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Goal 48:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 60:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 65:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub On 65:00'
  • Bradley Stevenson Sub Off 78:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub On 78:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub Off 88:00'
  • Dom Welsh Sub On 88:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Goal 90:00'
  • Nathan Elder Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

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

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Leiston 17 27
9. Kingstonian 18 25
10. Tonbridge Angels 17 24
11. Brightlingsea Regent 18 24
12. Wingate & Finchley 16 24
13. Harrow Borough 18 21
14. Merstham 19 20

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