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Tonbridge Angels 4
Turner (7'), Greenidge (16', 50'), Wood (90')
0 Dover Athletic
Joe Turner celebrates With Lewis Gard Angels first goal . Angels 4 Dover Athletic 0 24.01.23.

Whites put to the sword by Angels

Angels cruised to a convincing win against Dover Athletic that takes them to just two points off the play off zone.  

It was an unchanged starting line up following the win at St Albans with a welcome return of Ben Swift following injury to the squad although he had to be content to start his evening on the bench. 

Tonbridge were out of the blocks very quickly with a Gard effort as early as the 4th minute which was pushed round the post by Whites keeper Nelson.  It was a warning to Dover which seemingly they didn’t heed as Angels then went ahead three minutes later.  Fielding played in Hinds whose cross reached Turner and having made the space for a shot he fired past Nelson into the roof of the net. 

On 15 minutes Angels doubled their advantage. The goalscorer this time delivered a fine cross and there was leading scorer Greenidge with a thumping header that no goalkeeper was going to save. 

Although Dover improved their rate of possession they just couldn’t create any realistic chances with the Angels defence easily able to deal with all that was thrown at them.  

As the half reached its last few minutes Angels could have gone further ahead following another defence splitting run from Turner which put Tariq Hinds in but it was a decent save from Nelson.

On resumption one might have expected something of a fight back from the visitors but instead it was the hosts that should have gone further ahead through Gard with a Turner assist , but then they did get the third goal that likely killed the game.  It was that man Greenidge again this time outrunning the Dover defence with his 11th goal in 11 games and his second of the night. 

Once again Dover did have periods of possession but its how you use that possession and with respect they seemed bereft of creative ideas. 

Greenidge should have had his hat trick on 63 minutes when once again he found himself clear but this time keeper Nelson made a good block. Eight minutes later Swift now on for Parkinson who had suffered slight concussion, had a chance with a header from a Gard free kick and on 83 minutes it was another substitute Jack Wood who forced the keeper again into serious action saving his shot following a Tommie Fagg pass.

Wood however was not to be denied when in the 90th minute he scored Angels 4th goal of the night and it could have got even worse for Dover when Gard found himself clear of a tiring Whites defence but the hit was straight at Nelson. 

Angels Boss, Jay Saunders, said afterwards: “Delighted with the win with everyone playing their part.  We were both clinical in attack and sound defensively.”

Published Tuesday 24th January 2023 (last updated Wednesday 25th January 2023)