Angels hold firm to take the points at Eastbourne Borough
If Angels fans were disappointed after Saturday’s game then they were delighted with the three points that their team picked up on their visit to Priory Lane.
Joe Turner and Jack Wood were restored to the starting Angels line up with Jamie Fielding out through injury and Marcel Elva-Fountaine unavailable due to personal reasons. Due to the general shortage of players Scott Wagstaff had to play right back with Tariq Hinds left back and two centre backs Sonny Miles and Ben Swift. Gard and Aransibia were the two holding midfielders with Joe Turner and Jack Wood on the flanks but with licence to cut in. Tommy Wood and Jordan Greenidge formed the strike force although in reality Tommy Wood was playing a slightly withdrawn role making the Angels formation as follows, 4-4-1-1. .
It was a dream start for Angels as after just two minutes Aransibia received a cross from Joe Turner, then slipping the ball to Jack Wood who produced a fabulous curling shot that beat Lee Worgan in the Sports goal all ends up.
In the 24th minute Turner was through but good defending draw the foul against the Angels midfielder. Three minutes later Greenidge made good progress along the bye line but his final pass didn’t quite reach the lurking Tommy Wood.
The 30th minute saw Angels double their advantage with as good a goal that you will see anywhere. A fabulous flowing move involving Greenidge, Tommy Wood and Jack Wood saw the Southend United loan player strike the ball beautifully past Worgan for his second of the night.
It certainly could have got far worse for The Sports as a minute later the goal scorer whipped in a beautiful cross that just needed a touch from a Tonbridge player.
The best chance for Eastbourne Borough came on 36 minutes when Leone Gravata wide on the left cut inside to force a decent save from Jonny Henly.
Right on half time Greenidge wide on the left saw Worgan make a decent save to keep the Sports very much in the game in the game.
From the start of the second period the hosts gave notice of intent that they were going to make every effort to try and get something from the game with three minutes into the half Jaden Perez just wide with a header.
There was the sense that Tonbridge were going to have do a lot of defending with just the occasional breakaway to relieve the pressure. One of those breakaways occurred in the 55th minute as Greenidge ran down the left flank outpacing his marker and producing a shot that just missed the far post.
On 59 minutes it was Joe Turner who broke away but a sound tackle by an Eastbourne Borough Defender meant that once again the Angels had to concentrate on defensive duties.
The Sports were certainly starting to build a head of steam with much of the match played in the Tonbridge half but the Angels back line were in superb form constantly blocking and tackling to frustrate the home attack.
On 81 minutes however Eastbourne were awarded a penalty for a push which was duly converted by Shiloh Remy and it meant a nervous few minutes for the Angels to hang on to their slender lead.
Although Greenidge burst through the Eastbourne defence only to fire straight at Worgan as the game entered stoppage time Angels withstood enormous pressure. It was only that they managed to once again get the ball to the other end of the pitch for a free kick that bought them a few precious seconds before the referee blew for full time.
Afterwards Angels Boss , Jay Saunders said: “Despite players playing out of position, I was pleased with the shape, pleased with the effort the boys put in and it’s another good away win.”