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Dartford 2
0 Tonbridge Angels
Joe Turner on the charge.  Dartford 2 vs Angels 0.  15.10.22.

Angels fall at Princes Park

Despite hard work and some periods in the match when Angels were able to take the game to their hosts it didn’t prevent Dartford from gaining their sixth successive league win.

It was just the one change for Angels Boss, Jay Saunders starting line up with Ben Tyrie coming in for Tommie Fagg at Centre back.  

In the very 1st minute Soares-Junior set up Turner whose effort was just over.  Both teams had started the game brightly with plenty of attacking intent but no real chances created.

On 15 minutes Herschel for the Darts broke free on the right but his shot was pushed around the post by Henly.  At the other end Santos two minutes later found himself in a bit of space but the shot drifted wide. 

Smith for the hosts provided a clever flick header for ex Angel Allen but his first time shot was well over.  But the fact was that Dartford were increasingly getting a foothold in the game. A succession of corners for the home side resulted in some desperate Tonbridge  defending but something was bound to give and it came from a Carruthers corner flying straight into Henly’s net on 30 minutes. 

Dartford continued in the ascendancy but Angels reached the sanctuary off the half time dressing room without farther damage. 

Just under the hour mark Jay made his substitutions with Collins and Soares- Junior making way for Fagg and Gavin and it saw the visitors playing with more cohesion and making inroads into the hosts defence.  In particular Turner was getting a lot of joy down the left wing and Gavin a target in the centre. 

 But it was to be Dartford who were add to the scoreline on 70 minutes with Foneku applying the final touch following a free kick that caused confusion in the Tonbridge defence. There were strong appeals from the players in blue for offside but the referee was unmoved.

Despite this serious setback to their chances of getting something from the game, Angels rallied and Gavin piled in with two shots on target but the Dartford defence were in fine form with expert blocks on both the efforts. 

A lifeline for the visitors came on 77 minutes when they were awarded a penalty.  The normally reliable Turner however blasted the ball over the stand and at that point you know it probably isn’t going to be the Angels day.  

Credit Saunders side, they didn’t throw in the towel and kept prodding away managing to force a succession of corners as the clock ran down but this Dartford defence is made of stern stuff and they were never seriously troubled. 

Afterwards Sanders said: “We did well in parts of the game, didn’t take our chances, but then conceded from two set pieces which is disappointing.”

Published Saturday 15th October 2022