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Tonbridge Angels 2
Parkinson (59'), Greenhalgh (90')
0 Concord Rangers

Angels first home win of the season

Angels deservedly claimed their first three points at home this season with an assured second half performance at both ends of the pitch.  Concord Rangers huffed and puffed but never really showed enough to suggest they were going to get anything from the game.

Joe Turner and D'Sean Theobalds were restored to the Angels starting line up whilst Tom Beere and Javaun Splatt had to be content with places on the bench.  Tommy Wood was the lone striker. 

It was a first half that Tonbridge just about edged but chances were at a premium and were mainly restricted to long range efforts.  Ben Greenhalgh and Turner saw efforts just clear the bar while Concord 'keeper had to deal with a Turner shot that seemed to swerve slightly.

For the visitors, Lamar Reynolds provided their one promising moment with an effort that ended up in the Enclosure behind the Angels goal.

A Tonbridge half time substitution saw Khale Da Costa come off due to slight injury and replaced by Tom Beere.  It was to prove a significant change as the central midfielder was to become the catalyst for a much improved performance for the hosts. 

Concord should have done better in the 47th minute when a decent cross from the right provided a chance but the header was angled too much and the ball drifted past the left hand post.  Seven minutes later the visitors did get the ball in the net but there was an obvious offside in the build up. 

Tonbridge were by now however starting to play with belief with the creativity of Theobalds, Greenhalgh and Beere providing the flair.  Just before the hour mark, Turner and Beere linked up well on the left wing and the Concord defence was forced  to concede a corner. The ball was swung into the mixer and there was Tom Parkinson doing what he does so well at set pieces and forcing the ball over the line for the Angels opening goal. 

Chances were starting to fall for the hosts with in particular one falling to Theobalds again at a corner, and a superb piece of work from Turner whose piledriver rattled the post and fell back into the grateful arms of goalkeeper Haig.  

The visitors continued to knock at the door of the Tonbridge defence but there was never any real opening to suggest a comeback for Concord.  The game had entered stoppage time when substitute Alex Akrofi did well to dispossess a Concord defender on the byeline, feed Beere whose flick on was gratefully received by Greehalgh to tap into the net and seal the points for Tonbridge.    

Afterwards, Angels Boss, Steve McKimm said: "It was important that we kept a clean sheet tonight as we have been conceding too many goals here.  Obviously very pleased to get the three points which maintains our improvement compared with the equivalent stage last season."         .                                           

Published Tuesday 1st December 2020