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Brightlingsea Regent
Tonbridge Angels
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J Turner (35'), D Bennett (60'), S Bantick (67')
Sat 30 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 261

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Fine team effort wraps up the points

Once again the dominant subject amongst Angels supporters as they arrived at Brightlingsea Regent’s ground was who would actually be representing their team in this Bostik Premier fixture. The news wasn’t good. Nathan Elder, Alex Akrofi, George Beavan and Chris Kinnear were all declared unavailable and that’s not to mention those long term injured such as Tom Parkinson, Tommy Whitnell and Luke Blewden.

The answer came in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Dan Thompson deployed as a lone striker and Dan Bennett supporting him as a “No. 10”. Tom Jelley was moved to central midfield with Liam Smith taking his place at right back. If there was something of experimental feel to the line up then it certainly worked a treat. From the off Angels always looked in control. In the 9th minute, Sonny Miles header from a corner had to be cleared off the line by a Regent defender and in the 18th minute a Dan Bennett corner caused huge problems in the home defence. It took until the 32nd minute before Brightlingsea could muster any semblance of an attack when Billy Hunt stole in but the effort was well wide.

It didn’t take too much longer for Tonbridge to open their account. A glorious cross from Smith completely wrongfooted the Regent defence and meant winger Jo Turner had the relatively simple task of heading the ball past keeper Harry Palmer. It was no more that the visitors deserved such had been their dominance throughout the first period. They enjoyed further chances through Jelley and Turner to round off a highly satisfactory 45 minutes.

In territorial terms, there was some kind of response from Brightlingsea at the start of the second half but unfortunately for them, they found the Angels defence in the meanest of moods. The hosts just couldn’t find a way through and Tonbridge keeper Jonny Henly had one of his easiest afternoons of the campaign to date.

With quick breaks out of defence, accurate passing in midfield with balls over the top to the wingers, every time they went forward Tonbridge appeared capable of scoring. In the 60th minute good work by Thompson on the left gave Bennett the opportunity to grab his debut goal for the Angels which he gratefully took smashing the ball high into the roof of the net. Seven minutes later it was the turn of the excellent Bantick, what a good signing he is turning out to be, to open his Angels account with the third goal of the game.

On 74 minutes Bantick must have thought he’d got his second when Turner unselfishly passed the ball to his unmarked teammate who hit the shot well enough only to see the ball crash against the base of the post. By this time it didn’t really matter as the game as a contest was over. Brightlingsea kept going but if the game had continued all evening there was no guarantee they would have scored. There was just time for Angels sub Tashi-Jay Kwayie to play a cameo with a performance that would have done his future 1st team prospects no harm whatsoever.

A mention too for Xavier Vidal whose Angels career some might claim had got off to a quiet start. He put that one to bed with an assured midfield performance constantly making himself available with good positioning, positive running and a high pass completion rate.

Afterwards, Angels boss Steve McKimm was delighted with the performance particularly when taking into account the changes he had been forced to make to his starting lineup. “Yes the players were really down after the performance at Folkestone on Boxing Day, but they’ve answered that today. I’ve given them a target number of wins to possibly reach the playoffs and that’s the first of them. Billericay on New Years Day will be very difficult but we will give it a go. I have to believe we can get a result otherwise I wouldn’t be doing my job.”

Picture : Chris Coolbear

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Joe Turner

Player of the Match

Joe Turner

Key moments

Goal Joe Turner scores for Tonbridge Angels
Goal Daniel Bennett scores for Tonbridge Angels
Goal Sam Bantick scores for Tonbridge Angels


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90:00 Player of the Match
Joe Turner is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jonathan Henly keeps a clean sheet for Tonbridge Angels
77:00 Sub On
Jack Fenton is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
77:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bennett is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
76:00 Yellow Card
Sam Bantick is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
67:00 Goal 0 - 3
Sam Bantick scores for Tonbridge Angels
67:00 Assist
Joe Turner makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
64:00 Sub Off
Dan Thompson is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
64:00 Sub On
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
60:00 Goal 0 - 2
Daniel Bennett scores for Tonbridge Angels
60:00 Assist
Joe Turner makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 0 - 1
Joe Turner scores for Tonbridge Angels
35:00 Assist
Liam Smith makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Brightlingsea Regent
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Joe Turner Goal 35:00'
  • Liam Smith Assist 35:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Goal 60:00'
  • Joe Turner Assist 60:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub Off 64:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub On 64:00'
  • Sam Bantick Goal 67:00'
  • Joe Turner Assist 67:00'
  • Sam Bantick Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jack Fenton Sub On 77:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Vidal, Xavier Vidal, Xavier
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Stone, Craig Stone, Craig
Bantick, Sam Bantick, Sam
Jelley, Tom Jelley, Tom
Bennett, Daniel Bennett, Daniel
Thompson, Dan Thompson, Dan
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe

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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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