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Tonbridge Angels
Harrow Borough
A Akrofi (51'), N Elder (74')
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Sat 23 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 377

Angels strikeforce seals the points


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

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Alex Akrofi

Player of the Match

Alex Akrofi

Key moments

Goal Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
Goal Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels


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90:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Sub On
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Player of the Match
Alex Akrofi is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan Henly is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
75:00 Sub Off
Nathan Elder is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
75:00 Sub On
Dan Thompson is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
74:00 Goal 2 - 0
Nathan Elder scores for Tonbridge Angels
74:00 Assist
Alex Akrofi makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
63:00 Missed Penalty
Joe Turner misses a penalty for Tonbridge Angels
63:00 Assist
Sam Bantick makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
61:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bennett is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
61:00 Sub On
Sam Bantick is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
51:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
51:00 Assist
Xavier Vidal makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Harrow Borough
  • 0
  • Alex Akrofi Goal 51:00'
  • Xavier Vidal Assist 51:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Sub Off 61:00'
  • Sam Bantick Sub On 61:00'
  • Joe Turner Missed Penalty 63:00'
  • Sam Bantick Assist 63:00'
  • Nathan Elder Goal 74:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Assist 74:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub Off 75:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub On 75:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 90:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub On 90:00'
  • Jonathan Henly Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Jelley, Tom Jelley, Tom
Stone, Craig Stone, Craig
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Bennett, Daniel Bennett, Daniel
Kinnear, Chris Kinnear, Chris
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan
Vidal, Xavier Vidal, Xavier

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League table

# 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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