Angels strikeforce seals the points
By Jim Rowe
Akrofi and Elder goals are enough
Tonbridge got their Christmas programme off to a winning start although they were pushed all the way by a more than useful Harrow Borough side.
A very even first half without a lot of goalmouth action produced the almost inevitable goaless scoreline at the break. On 22 minutes Nathan Elder and Alex Akrofi combined well for the home side but eventually the Harrow defence was able to smuggle the ball away from the danger area. Six minutes later for the visitors, Michael Bryan found Ryan Moss with an accurate cross only to see the no 9 place the ball straight at Angels keeper Jonny Henly. In the 34th minute Elder’s header on to Akrofi put the striker through but the Harrow custodian Melvin Minter was very quickly off his line to snuff out the danger.
The second half saw an immediate increase in tempo. The Angels went ahead on 51 minutes with Xavier Vidal’s pass putting Akrofi in on goal. The forward was driven wide by Minter but still managed to get his shot on target and into an empty net. There were chances for the home side to go further ahead but Harrow through the promptings of Bryan remained a threat.
Tonbridge were awarded a penalty on 63 minutes but Minter made a terrific save on to the woodwork with the visitors then taking full advantage by scoring a penalty of their own through Kurtis Cumberbatch. The scores were only level for two minutes with Akrofi breaking through once again and this time squaring the ball to Elder who made no mistake with a deft header to put the home side ahead once again.
That was the way it stayed although there was a huge escape for Tonbridge on 85 minutes when a Harrow corner was headed on to the inside of the Angels far post with the ball rebounding into the grateful arms of Henly.
Afterwards, Angels coach Justin Luchford said: “The first half was pretty low key to be honest, but we upped the performance second period with much better ball retention and in particular the supply through to Alex Akrofi was excellent.”
Man of the Match : Alex Akrofi