For the second time in four days, Angels recorded a 0-0 scoreline against one of their potential play off rivals this time Enfield Town, but boss Steve McKimm was pleased with the point that keeps the Towners at bay in the race to be involved in the end of season showdown.
Both teams had chances to win the game but in the end a draw was probably the right result. Enfield had the better of the first half but it was an improved performance from the visitors in the second period. That said the Angels had to be grateful that their keeper Jonny Henly was on top form pulling off some important saves.
A quick attack down the right saw the host’s first real opening in the 7th minute with the resultant cross leaving Billy Bricknell with a free header but the effort drifted just outside Jonny Henley’s right hand post. Four minutes later Sam Young’s 25 yard pile driver crashed against the Tonbridge crossbar, maybe Henly got a fingertip to it, but he certainly made no mistake in dealing with Bricknell’s follow up.
The half hour mark saw an Enfield corner cause absolute mayhem in the Angels 6 yd box with the woodwork again coming to the rescue but eventually the visitors managed to clear their lines.
There had been little for the Angels supporters to get too excited about up to this point but on 35 minutes a good run by Tom Derry saw him get round the back of the Towners defence but the cross was overhit. On the stroke of half time the same player was fouled on the edge of the area, but Joe Turner’s free kick despite finding a gap in the defensive wall was straight at Enfield custodian Matt Nolan.
The second period with a strong and gusty wind at their backs saw an improved performance from the visitors with three good chances created in the first eight minutes of the half, two efforts from Derry and one from Alex Read.
Enfield continued to pose a threat and on 57 minutes Arthur Lee was forced to take a caution as Bricknell threatened to breakaway on the counter. The 74th minute saw Turner make a terrific run into the heart of the Enfield defence and lay the ball off to Read whose deflected effort was brilliantly saved by Nolan.
At the other end in the 80th and 89th minutes Henly was called into action as Enfield tried to claim all the points but the Tonbridge keeper was equal to the task.
Angels boss, Steve McKimm declared himself very happy with the point. “This is a difficult place to come to and for the second game running we have kept the distance between ourselves and other play off contenders. Am I worried that we haven’t scored in three? No, I have three strikers at my disposal and they will do the business. What we must do however is get points on the board from our next two games both at home so that we don’t waste the good work done here this afternoon.”
No way through. Billy Bricknell comes up against Jonny Henly. Picture: Enfield Town FC
Updated 11:30 - 17 May 2019 by Jim Rowe