Another shut out for Angels
Lack lustre affair against The Hawks
With little for either side to play for both teams served up a real end of season goalless bore draw. Harlow had secured their Bostik Premier safety the previous Saturday while the Angels had long given up any hope of reaching the playoffs.
The first period saw both defences on top with genuine chances at a premium. There were efforts from Alex Akrofi and Nathan Elder while for the visitors Fabian Simms and Jared Small had clear sight of goal but their attempts brought no reward. On 37 minutes an errant Harlow back pass almost put Akrofi in but keeper David Hughes was alert to the danger. A minute later Joe Turner on the left wing saw Hughes off his line but the shot lacked any accuracy. As the half was concluded Syrus Gordon for Harlow battled his way through the Angels defence but saw his shot blocked.
There was little improvement in the second period with some reasonable possession in the midfield areas for both sides but a lack of quality with the final ball meant that there was a paucity of goalmouth action for the meagre crowd of 235 to enjoy. A minute into the half, Sam Bantick saw his driven cross elude any Tonbridge player and eight minutes later the same player put Akrofi in but good defensive work snuffed out the the danger for Harlow.
The visitors had a couple of moments for their small band of supporters to savour. On 57 minutes the visitors best player on the night Small jinked his way into a good position and Henly was called into action while 5 minutes later probably the best chance of the night fell to Harlow with the unmarked Thomas Page at the back post seeing his downward header go agonisingly over the bar.
For the Angels there were further chances for Akrofi and Turner but the best moment came in the 85th minute when substitute Dom Welsh got in a decent cross which Elder headed forcing Hughes to dive smartly to his left to keep the final scoreline goalless.
Plus points for the Angels, and there weren’t too many, were the further rehabilitation of Tom Parkinson who played around 35 minutes of the second half and a promising performance by U21 player Luciano Osbourne at right back. Callum Adonis-Taylor also deserves praise for having to play in three different positions in defence.
Angels Boss, Steve McKimm tweeted after the match: "Not the most spectacular of games tonight, some negatives but as a club to have 5 under the age of 19 playing gives youth a chance. Good luck to Harlow for rest of season."