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Carshalton Athletic 3
Bradford (20'), Pattisson (50'), Lee (59' og)
0 Tonbridge Angels

There seems to be no let-up in the Angels miserable run of form that in nine league games has seen just one win and one draw. Bottom of the form table, and having been one of the early pacesetters, the Angels season is now at risk of disappearing without trace.

McKimm had finally conceded to the wishes of many supporters by playing two up front and initially it seemed to make a difference with as early as the 2nd minute a great chance falling to Alex Read but the header was just over. The visitors continued to play the better football but with probably only their second real attack of the game in the 20th minute Carshalton took the lead. A strong run down the right and quality cross was temporarily ended by a good Jonathan Henly save but the ball rebounded to Tommy Bradford who finished clinically.

On the half hour mark Tom Murphy and D’Sean Theobalds combined well with the latter through on goal but the angle became too tight and the cross didn’t find a blue shirt. Sonny Miles overhead kick and Tom Murphy’s fierce shot represented decent chances for the Angels but on 45 minutes it was the hosts who forced a good save from Henly; in first half stoppage time it was that Murphy/Theobalds connection that almost brought joy for the Angels but Murphy’s effort was just wide.

There was a huge chance for the visitors just two minutes into the second period when Joe Turner’s clever cross was completely missed by Murphy and Read when both were well placed. Almost inevitably it was to prove very expensive.

The game was wrapped up for Carshalton in a nine minute spell. On 50 minutes Christie Pattison scored with a brilliant hooked shot from the edge of the area following some heavy pressure on the Tonbridge goal, and nine minutes later following a good move down the left and more Carshalton pressure the game was put out of reach when the unfortunate Arthur Lee was adjudged to have put through his own goal.

Tonbridge kept plugging away bit in truth it felt like a lost cause. Theobalds, Lee, Turner, and Tom Parkinson all attempted to at least get some form of consolation but there was no further addition to the score line. The result sees Tonbridge’s goal difference go negative for the first time this season and perhaps more significantly places them in 9th position.

Assistant Manager Barry Moore said: “We are all devastated in there, once again chances haven’t been taken and that’s proved very expensive. I’d like to thank the supporters for showing their appreciation at the end.”

Published Friday 19th April 2019