More Worthing woe for Angels
By Jim Rowe
Angels fail to sparkle on South Coast
It may be the season of goodwill but there seemed to be little on offer to the Angels for the second season running on their visit to Woodside Road. Last New Year’s Eve it was a story of three penalties that did for Tonbridge, this time only two were awarded, both to the hosts, Worthing, while the visitors felt they had strong cases for maybe two that weren’t given.
Angels boss, Steve McKimm, however refused to be drawn on the performance of the referee. “It would simply sound like sour grapes”, he explained afterwards. “I would prefer to concentrate on the performance of the team which quite simply on the day wasn’t good enough. Worthing are an improving side despite their position at the foot of the table and they fully deserved their win. We’ve got some difficult games coming up through the Christmas and New Year period but sometimes we play better against the stronger sides and we will have to work on how to get some positive results.”
McKimm was right in his assessment. The Angels collectively on the day were simply not good enough, too often losing the ball carelessly and not pressing their opponents when the opportunity arose. It seemed as if all the good work of the previous Tuesday’s win at Dorking Wanderers had been thrown away.
The first half contained little to keep the crowd of 571 protected from the freezing conditions. Worthing started the brighter with three chances in the first five minutes and on 7 minutes a Joe Turner free kick for the visitors had to be pushed round the post by a grateful Lucas Covolan. There was a shout for a penalty following a foul on Nathan Elder but it was waved away.
The big talking point of the half came in the 31st minute when Covolan rushed from his line and cynically took out the onrushing Elder seemingly in the area. The referee thought otherwise and awarded a free kick to Tonbridge with just a yellow card for the ‘keeper.
In the 47th minute new Angels signing Dan Bennet put in a glorious free kick which just needed a touch from a Tonbridge player to open the scoring. None was forthcoming. Eight minutes later, Worthing cleverly split the Angels defence with Jack Parter fouling the attacker inside the area. The resultant penalty was brilliantly saved by Jonny Henly. Time for the Angles to take the game by the scruff of its neck and go for the points, but it didn’t really happen despite half chances for Elder and Alex Akrofi and a Bennett shot from a tight angle just wide.
The outcome of the game was decided in a two minute spell. On 64 minutes Worthing were awarded what appeared to be a dubious penalty following a coming together in the Angels area. This time Kieron Pamment made no mistake from the spot, and a minute later with Angels still smarting from the alleged injustice, their defence simply melted away with this time Rebels’ Jimmy Wild getting the vital strike.
Tonbridge huffed and puffed but in truth it never seemed likely they would get back in the game and for the second consecutive season another precious three points had disappeared on the South Coast.
The day got even worse for the Angels when their team coach broke down at Worthing before the return journey back to Kent.