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Metropolitan Police
Tonbridge Angels
Tue 23 Jan 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 126

Angels beaten by Police

Two goals in two minutes seals result

Angels slumped to a deserved 2-0 defeat at the hands of Metropolitan Police with a particularly inept first half performance. Their play off hopes now hang by a thread and if the sport involved a green baize table, they’d be needing snookers.

There was comparatively little pattern to the game for the first quarter with perhaps the best moment for the Angels coming in the 2nd minute when a loose ball fell to Sam Bantick; the winger’s subsequent effort was just wide of the right hand post.

Gradually the Met established a foothold with a series of dangerous crosses coming from the right. The Tonbridge defence were just about dealing with them but the warning signs were there and eventually in the 28th minute again using that route, Bayley Mummery rose highest to head the ball past Jonny Henly in the Angels goal.

It was to get worse for the visitors just two minutes later when a fine run this time down the left by Tom Bird was stopped in the opinion of the referee illegally by Liam Smith. The resultant free kick was headed home by Jonathan Wright.

The two goal deficit did spark something of a reaction from Tonbridge as the half closed out with a Bantick run past Bird and a Joe Turner free kick which on another day might have gained a profit. The fact was however that the visitors had been second best throughout the first period with poor passing and a failure to press the ball.

In the second half, the Angels did enjoy more possession with Ryan Worrall, returning from Eastbourne Borough, slotting into his familiar midfield role while Tom Jelley reverted to right back. However with a two goal deficit you have to make that possession count and the harsh reality was that Met Police were able to deal comfortably with what was thrown at them. There was not enough desire from the Kent side when it really mattered and against a well organised side there was little for the away supporters to get excited about.

Take nothing away from Met Police who deserve to be in the fringes of the play off zone based on this performance

Afterwards, Angels boss Steve McKimm was scathing about his players’ efforts. “Our first half display was arguably the worst I’ve seen this season,” he said. “It’s difficult to comprehend when a week ago we turn in a decent performance at Enfield, and then tonight serve up this poor display. No one was worth more than a 5.”

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Xavier Vidal

Player of the Match

Xavier Vidal

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Xavier Vidal is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
76:00 Yellow Card
Sonny Miles is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
66:00 Sub On
Daniel Bennett is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
66:00 Sub Off
Sam Bantick is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
56:00 Sub Off
Nathan Elder is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
56:00 Sub On
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
54:00 Yellow Card
Xavier Vidal is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
50:00 Sub Off
Liam Smith is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
50:00 Sub On
Ryan Worrall is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Tonbridge Angels
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  • Liam Smith Sub Off 50:00'
  • Ryan Worrall Sub On 50:00'
  • Xavier Vidal Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub Off 56:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub On 56:00'
  • Sam Bantick Sub Off 66:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Sub On 66:00'
  • Sonny Miles Yellow Card 76:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Stone, Craig Stone, Craig
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Vidal, Xavier Vidal, Xavier
Bantick, Sam Bantick, Sam
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe
Jelley, Tom Jelley, Tom
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan

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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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