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Wingate & Finchley
Tonbridge Angels
Full time
S Miles (61')
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 131

Angels come down to earth

Skipper’s second half strike not quite enough

Following Thursday evening’s heroics against Billericay Town and a long journey to Leiston on Tuesday evening it was perhaps asking a lot to expect the Angels to come fast off the blocks against Wingate & Finchley.

And indeed that’s how it turned out with the hosts making much the better opening and threatening the Tonbridge goal from the start. It only took them 10 minutes to take the lead when a glorious strike from distance from Reece Beckles-Richards gave Jonny Henly no chance. That said the Tonbridge cause had hardly been helped when Jack Parter had to be substituted after just 7 minutes with Luke Blewden having to play at right back.

Several more chances followed for the home side but eventually the visitors steadied the ship and on 22 minutes Tashi-Jay Kwaie was presented with a clear sight of goal following Joe Turner’s low cross but his shot sailed over the bar.

Four minutes later Alex Akrofi could do no better this time from Turner’s corner with the ball going just over. Needless to say Wingate took full advantage of these misses adding to their score in the 40th minute through Luke Ifil.

Although Akrofi forced a good save from Shane Gore in the 44th minute, Angels had Jonny Henly to thank for still being in the game as the visiting stopper pulled off three very good saves during the first period.

It was a rejuvenated Angels that took to the field for the second half and with Nathan Elder now leading the line they became a threat particularly from set pieces. With Andrew Seesay providing a new force on the left flank they looked the likelier to add to the goals tally. Akrofi had a header cleared off the line but finally following another corner Sonny Miles got the final touch to get the Angels off the mark in the 61st minute.

Despite more pressure from the visitors Wingate managed to hold out despite a last ditch Angels assault that saw Henly go up for yet another set piece but it was to no avail. Wingate took the points and in so doing leapfrogged Tonbridge in the table who now go down to 10th position.

Afterwards Angels manager Steve McKimm said: “We did start slow and to be honest with all that’s happened in the past week I half expected that, but second half I thought we forced the issue and taking the performances over the last 4 games I am very proud of this squad.”

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Key moments

61:00
Goal Sonny Miles scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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62:00 Sub Off
Tashi-Jay Kwayie is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
62:00 Sub On
Andrew Sesay is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
61:00 Goal 0 - 1
Sonny Miles scores for Tonbridge Angels
55:00 Yellow Card
Alex Akrofi is yellow carded for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub Off
Tommy Whitnell is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub On
Nathan Elder is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
7:00 Sub Off
Jack Parter is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
7:00 Sub On
Luke Blewden is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wingate & Finchley
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Jack Parter Sub Off 7:00'
  • Luke Blewden Sub On 7:00'
  • Tommy Whitnell Sub Off 45:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub On 45:00'
  • Alex Akrofi Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Sonny Miles Goal 61:00'
  • Tashi-Jay Kwayie Sub Off 62:00'
  • Andrew Sesay Sub On 62:00'

Team selection

Henly, Jonathan Henly, Jonathan
Smith, Liam Smith, Liam
Parter, Jack Parter, Jack
Whitnell, Tommy Whitnell, Tommy
Adonis-Taylor, Callum Adonis-Taylor, Callum
Miles, Sonny Miles, Sonny
Bantick, Sam Bantick, Sam
Vidal, Xavier Vidal, Xavier
Kwayie, Tashi-Jay Kwayie, Tashi-Jay
Akrofi, Alex Akrofi, Alex
Turner, Joe Turner, Joe

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1
1
Staines Town
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4
Worthing
3
0
Tooting & Mitcham United

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Staines Town 45 72
9. Wingate & Finchley 45 66
10. Tonbridge Angels 45 64
11. Metropolitan Police 45 63
12. Harrow Borough 45 60
13. Thurrock 45 57
14. Worthing 45 56

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