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Dulwich Hamlet
Tonbridge Angels
Full time
A Akrofi (42'), S Bantick (45')
Tue 10 Apr 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 581

Angels dent Hamlet’s title hopes

Akrofi and Bantick strikes secure the points

Angels have made a huge impact on the destiny of the Bostik Premier title by inflicting a 2-1 defeat over Dulwich Hamlet at Imperial Fields, Mitcham.

There was no fluke about the win. This was a totally deserved victory as they engineered a game plan that managed to frustrate their hosts and repeatedly forced them into blind alleys. Angels attacking play was more ruthless and fluid and often had a nervous looking Dulwich back line back peddling. As well as the Tonbridge outfield players performed when you have a goalkeeper in Jonny Henly who made two or three outstanding saves then there will be a confidence about the defence and a belief that once you have a foothold you will be able to see the game out.

The first 10 minutes saw the Angels starting quite brightly without really creating any clear cut chances. Dulwich did improve and to be fair probably enjoyed their best period during the middle of the half but Tonbridge stood tall survived the onslaught and started to put some moves of their own together.

On 40 minutes Alex Akrofi went on a mazy run deep into the Dulwich final third. It appeared he may have gone too far to the left but he unleashed a glorious shot that seemed to bemuse Dulwich’s Amadou Tangara with the ball ending up in the far corner of the net. Just when the Angels supporters were asking the referee to blow for half time their side went and doubled the lead. With Akrofi and Nathan Elder both involved in the build up, Joe Turner saw his header hit the post with Sam Bantick quickest to react knocking the rebound just over the line.

The second half pattern saw Dulwich with most of the possession but Angels defending magnificently and always looking threatening on the break. Despite using all their substitutes, Hamlet simply couldn’t find a way through until it was too late. Eventually deep in stoppage time they forced the ball past Henly but time simply ran out on them and they were left to rue a result that may have ended their title aspirations.

Afterwards, Coach Justin Luchford said: “We asked for a response following an indifferent performance against Tooting & Mitcham here last Saturday and we certainly got one. The team played for each other and were always ready to help out a colleague and I think that made the difference. Overall I think we shaded it and deserved the win. If only we could be more consistent who knows where we could have been in the table at this stage of the season.”

Key moments

42:00
Goal Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
45:00
Goal Sam Bantick scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Sam Bantick is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
58:00 Yellow Card
Xavier Vidal is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Goal 0 - 2
Sam Bantick scores for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Assist
Joe Turner makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
42:00 Assist
Tommy Whitnell makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
42:00 Goal 0 - 1
Alex Akrofi scores for Tonbridge Angels
37:00 Yellow Card
Callum Adonis-Taylor is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Dulwich Hamlet
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Callum Adonis-Taylor Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Goal 42:00'
  • Tommy Whitnell Assist 42:00'
  • Sam Bantick Goal 45:00'
  • Joe Turner Assist 45:00'
  • Xavier Vidal Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Sam Bantick Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Ibizugbe, Steven Ibizugbe, Steven
Adonis-Taylor, Callum Adonis-Taylor, Callum
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Bantick, Sam Bantick, Sam
Vidal, Xavier Vidal, Xavier
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Elder, Nathan Elder, Nathan
Whitnell, Tommy Whitnell, Tommy

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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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