Stones knock Angels out of Kent Senior Cup
Elder strike not enough
Tonbridge Angels have been knocked out of the Kent Senior Cup at the first time of asking losing 2-1 to National League Maidstone United but they matched their lofty opponents all the way with both teams providing the healthy crowd of 706 with a very entertaining match.
An own goal and a penalty gave Maidstone a two goal advantage at the break. The first twenty minutes was a pretty even affair with the two division difference hardly noticeable. On 8 minutes Joe Turner for the Angels forced Stones keeper Tommy Taylor to tip over his pile driver from the edge of the area.
Three minutes later a Liam Smith throw to Tom Beere set up Tommy Whitnall in a good position but he scuffed his shot and the ball went harmlessly wide. On 14 minutes Jonny Henly in the Tonbridge goal was called into action to deal with a Harley Willard shot.
The breakthrough for Maidstone came in 25th minute following an attack down the left with the Tonbridge defence getting in a muddle and eventually conceding an own goal through Callum Adonis-Taylor. The remainder of the half saw Maidstone taking more of the initiative and at times getting behind the Tonbridge defence. Chances fell to the visitors' Stuart Lewis and Delano Sam-Yorke and in the 39th minute Maidstone went further ahead with the award of a penalty converted by Zavon Hines.
Angels halved the deficit in the 57th minute when Elder cleverly headed home McCollin's free kick but at the other end Zavon Hines was just wide with an effort. A quickly taken free kick for the Angels by Chris Kinnear in the 62nd minute took the Maidstone defence by surprise and almost levelled the scores with the crossbar struck but eventually the ball went out for a goal kick.
Substitute for Maidstone, Joe Pigott forced another good save from Henly but by now it was end to end stuff with Joe Turner creating a chance for the home side on 74 minutes and then an amazing double save by Henly from Willard. The 81st minute saw Maidstone hit the woodwork with the rebound falling to one of the visitors who again saw Henly save brilliantly. As the minutes ticked down Tonbridge made great efforts to get back on level terms getting in a number of testing crosses but that equalising goal just wouldn't come.
Afterwards , Angels Assistant Manager Barry Moore said: "I was very pleased with our second half performance this evening. We maybe showed then a touch too much respect first half but in the second period we started to use the width of the pitch much better and stretched their defence. In fairness to Maidstone , our keeper Jonny Henly has been named man of the match so that tells how they kept up the pressure."