Angels beaten by Police
By Jim Rowe
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.”