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T Kwayie (72')
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 286

Tashi strike lands all the points at Merstham


.....and Angels defence rewarded with clean sheet

Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm was a happy man at the conclusion of this Bostik Premier encounter that saw his his team take all the points and keep a clean sheet. “I thought everyone did well today and followed their instructions against a good side in Merstham who pushed us all the way. It reminded me of the home game against them when there was only the one goal in it which of course went to them on that occasion.”

The away side had the stronger start with half chances falling to Alex Akrofi, Jack Parter and Sam Bantick within the first 12 minutes. On 14 minutes Merstham worked their first genuine opening when ex Angel Liam Harwood put Reece Hall through but the angle was too tight. On 19 minutes the always dangerous Charley Penney momentarily appeared to have outwitted the Angels defence but the ball seemed to hold up on the surface and the chance was gone.

There was a further chance for Penney on 28 minutes but the shot was weak and the follow up from Hall was blocked. A Tonbridge The 38th minute saw the Angels best chance of the half. A well constructed move saw Joe Turner slip the ball through to Bantick who was through on goal from the right but the effort was brilliantly blocked by Merstham keeper Ashlee Jones.

The first 15 minutes of the second period saw the hosts up their game and the Tonbridge defence having to work hard to keep the game goalless with Penney executing the miss of the match. The visitors however started to turn things around from the hour mark with some sustained pressure on the Merstham goal. The decisive moment come in the 71st minute when Akrofi chased down what looked like a lost cause, slipped the ball through to the unmarked substitute Tashi-Jay Kwayie who placed the ball smartly to the right of Jones to put the team in blue one up.

And that was the way it stayed despite Merstham predictably exerting some pressure but with Craig Stone protecting the back line quite brilliantly all game it was to prove a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.

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Craig Stone

Player of the Match

Craig Stone

Key moments

Goal Tashi-Jay Kwayie scores for Tonbridge Angels


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jonathan Henly keeps a clean sheet for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Player of the Match
Craig Stone is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
86:00 Sub Off
Ryan Worrall is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
86:00 Sub On
Liam Smith is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
76:00 Sub Off
Alex Akrofi is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
76:00 Sub On
Dan Thompson is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
72:00 Goal 0 - 1
Tashi-Jay Kwayie scores for Tonbridge Angels
72:00 Assist
Alex Akrofi makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
59:00 Sub Off
Xavier Vidal is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
59:00 Sub On
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
34:00 Yellow Card
Sam Bantick is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Merstham
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Sam Bantick Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Xavier Vidal Sub Off 59:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub On 59:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Goal 72:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Assist 72:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Sub Off 76:00'
  • Dan Thompson Sub On 76:00'
  • Ryan Worrall Sub Off 86:00'
  • Liam Smith Sub On 86:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Jelley, Tom Jelley, Tom
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Worrall, Ryan Worrall, Ryan
Kalambayi, Paul Kalambayi, Paul
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Stone, Craig Stone, Craig
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe
Vidal, Xavier Vidal, Xavier
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Bantick, Sam Bantick, Sam

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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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