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Corinthian-Casuals 2
Hannigan (31'), Mfula (73')
1 Tonbridge Angels
Turner (49')

Tonbridge fell to defeat against a decent but not outstanding Corinthian Casuals side who played to their strengths and were fortunate to come up against a team that seems low on confidence particularly in front of goal.

Combine that with a couple of unfortunate errors at the back that led to both the hosts' goals and you have the recipe for yet another defeat for the Angels.

There was a reasonably good start with early shooting chances for Michael West and Joe Turner with further efforts from Sonny Miles and Tom Beere. Perhaps the best moment was just before the half hour mark when West’s superb cut back was simply not anticipated by his colleagues who were too far forward to take advantage.

It was a big opportunity wasted as three minutes later Casuals were ahead. An excellent delivery from a free kick seemed to find James Folkes and Jonathan Henly in hesitant mood with central defender Reece Hannigan taking full advantage.

The home side took an iron grip on proceedings until half time and could have gone further ahead but for a fine save from Henly in the 34th minute.

With the half time talk no doubt ringing in their ears, the Angels came out for the second period in more assertive mood. Sonny Miles’ header hit the post on 47 minutes and then just two minutes later Tonbridge were on level terms. An attempted back pass was completely miss kicked which gave Turner the relatively easy task of rounding the goalkeeper and placing the ball into an empty net. 

For a few minutes it looked as if the visitors were going to take the initiative and even go and win the game. Tom Beere a minute later had an excellent shot which was just about dealt with, but somehow the Angels good spell was not to last and the game was largely played in midfield areas.

On 70 minutes Miles was unlucky with a headed effort but again it was to be a crucial miss as almost immediately the hosts were able to break with Henly called into action. The award of the resultant throw on to the home side was contested by Tonbridge and with a slight loss of concentration from the blue shirts, Casuals were able to get behind the visitors defence with Warren Mfula scoring what proved to be the winner.

There was the inevitable rally by the Angels with Henly coming up for the final corner but Casuals by now had worked out their visitors who were too predictable and at around 9.35pm there was the realisation that Tonbridge had yet again ended up pointless.

Published Friday 19th April 2019