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Angels First Team - Match centre

Needham Market
Tonbridge Angels
Full time
S Bantick (85'), J Turner (87')
Sat 3 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 233

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Angels defensive errors prove so costly

Once again this fixture provided plenty of goals but arguably three crucial Tonbridge defensive errors gifted the hosts a comfortable three points. With Tom Jelley unavailable due to illness, Liam Smith played at right back, while to give more pace and mobility up front Tashi-Jay Kwayie started in preference to Nathan Elder.

Needham Market went in front after just seven minutes when with their first serious attack they won a corner from which the Angels defence failed to pick up the movement of their opponents giving Luke Ingram the chance to strike home.

Angels then took a firm grip of proceedings with a series of 4 on target shots one of which forced a superb save from Needham custodian Danny Gay tipping over a deflected Sam Bantick effort. It seemed only a matter of time before the Angels would restore parity but it didn’t quite happen and conversely it was the hosts who went further ahead.

On 23 minutes a short clearance from Jonny Henly to Craig Stone saw the defenders pass easily intercepted with the ball passed out to the Marketmen’s John Sands who had the relatively easy task of beating a startled Henly at close range.

Despite the deficit the Angels continued to make most of the running which included a Tashi-Jay Kwayie effort on 44 minutes.

The second half started in much the same vein with a Joe Turner shot on the turn while Bantick hit the crossbar. Perhaps the best opportunity for Tonbridge came in the 58th minute when Alex Akrofi fed Kwayie whose effort was just over. Thirteen minutes later Angels substitute Nathan Elder’s knock down to Akrofi saw the striker’s effort blocked by Gay but no visiting player could take advantage.

Despite the Tonbridge pressure it was Needham Market who went further ahead when a dreadful mix up between Henly and his defence presented Adam Mills with an unguarded net; he couldn’t miss and didn’t.

With a three goal advantage the Marketmen started to play at last with the confidence a three goal lead at home deserved. It came as no surprise when they scored a fourth but the way it came was probably a mystery to all in the ground. A decent enough cross from the right into the Angels penalty area carried through to the left where Mills attempted to get the ball back into the danger area but instead to his amazement and all others his cross ended up in the back of the net.

Four goals down the Angels had nothing to lose, pushed up and went on to score two of their own - it was that kind of game. A Dan Thompson assist was poked home by Bantick in the 85th minute and two minutes later Turner potentially made it interesting with a shot from the edge of the area that Gay couldn’t hold. But it was too little too late for Tonbridge who had lost the game through individual defensive errors and a failure to take enough of the many chances they had created.

Picture :Chris Coolbear

Alex Akrofi

Player of the Match

Alex Akrofi

Key moments

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


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90:00 Player of the Match
Alex Akrofi is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
87:00 Goal 0 - 2
Joe Turner scores for Tonbridge Angels
85:00 Goal 0 - 1
Sam Bantick scores for Tonbridge Angels
85:00 Assist
Dan Thompson makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub On
Dan Thompson is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub Off
Ryan Worrall is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub On
Daniel Bennett is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
60:00 Sub Off
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
60:00 Sub On
Nathan Elder is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Needham Market
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub Off 60:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub On 60:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 78:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub On 78:00'
  • Ryan Worrall Sub Off 78:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Sub On 78:00'
  • Sam Bantick Goal 85:00'
  • Dan Thompson Assist 85:00'
  • Joe Turner Goal 87:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Stone, Craig Stone, Craig
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Bantick, Sam Bantick, Sam
Worrall, Ryan Worrall, Ryan
Kwayie, Tashi-Jay Kwayie, Tashi-Jay
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Vidal, Xavier Vidal, Xavier

League round up

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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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