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Angels First Team - Match centre

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Tonbridge Angels
Metropolitan Police
J Turner (27'), L Smith (51')
Full time
Sat 24 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 380

Young Angels step up to the plate

Three league wins on the bounce for McKimm’s side as Police are brushed aside

A fine blend of youth and experience saw Angels through to a comfortable victory against a strangely lack lustre Metropolitan Police

Despite losing their holding midfielder, Craig Stone to injury after just 4 minutes and having to reorganise their defence Tonbridge had much the better of the first half with chances falling to Sam Bantick in the 3rd minute, Alex Akrofi after 15 minutes and finally the opening goal after 27 minutes following a great move involving Callum Adonis-Taylor, Akrofi with Joe Turner applying the finishing touch.

Despite three chances for Metropolitan Police falling to Lloyd Macklin it was the Angels who continued to dominate with further opportunities for Turner and Bantick.

In terms of goalmouth action it was a quieter second half but the home side had a confidence about their play despite having to field a number of their younger players due to injury and budget cuts. That confidence was confirmed in the 51st minute when 18 year old Liam Smith stole round the back of the Met Police defence to plant a header from Turner’s corner to claim the all important second goal and his first senior strike.

With the two goal cushion the home side were comfortable and it wasn’t until stoppage time that the Police showed why they are potential play off contenders with substitute Ryan Myers and Jay Gasson attempting to claim a consolation goal but it was in vain.

It was little wonder that Angels boss, Steve McKimm was delighted with the taking of another play off contender’s scalp following the defeat of Staines Town two weeks ago at Longmead. “I was so pleased with the way our younger players performed this afternoon. That said the more experienced players also contributed their part by their advice and encouragement. We had no less than five young players out there who showed a maturity beyond their years.”

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Liam Smith

Player of the Match

Liam Smith

Key moments

27:00
Goal Joe Turner scores for Tonbridge Angels
51:00
Goal Liam Smith scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jonathan Henly keeps a clean sheet for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Player of the Match
Liam Smith is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
89:00 Sub Off
Xavier Vidal is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
89:00 Sub On
George Beavan is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
79:00 Sub Off
Sam Bantick is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
79:00 Sub On
Jack Fenton is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
51:00 Goal 2 - 0
Liam Smith scores for Tonbridge Angels
51:00 Assist
Joe Turner makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
27:00 Goal 1 - 0
Joe Turner scores for Tonbridge Angels
27:00 Assist
Alex Akrofi makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
7:00 Sub Off
Craig Stone is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
7:00 Sub On
Callum Adonis-Taylor is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Metropolitan Police
  • 0
  • Craig Stone Sub Off 7:00'
  • Callum Adonis-Taylor Sub On 7:00'
  • Joe Turner Goal 27:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Assist 27:00'
  • Liam Smith Goal 51:00'
  • Joe Turner Assist 51:00'
  • Sam Bantick Sub Off 79:00'
  • Jack Fenton Sub On 79:00'
  • Xavier Vidal Sub Off 89:00'
  • George Beavan Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

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

League round up

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2
5
2
4
Staines Town
1
0
Worthing
Hendon
1
1
Lowestoft Town
1
1
Folkestone Invicta
Needham Market
3
2
Margate
Tooting & Mitcham United
0
2
Wingate & Finchley
0
0

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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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