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Enfield Town 0
0 Tonbridge Angels

For the second time in four days, Angels recorded a 0-0 score line 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.

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 Jonathan Henly’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, and 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 six yard 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 over hit. 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.”

Published Friday 19th April 2019