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Tonbridge Angels 3
Greenidge (20', 45'), Aransibia (44')
3 Slough Town
Lench (50'), Goddard (76'), Amartey (80')
Jordan Greenidge celebrates his goal. Angels 3 Slough Town 3 07.01.23.

Angels let three goal lead slip

With a run of three consecutive defeats immediately behind them and their visitors Slough Town sitting in 18th position it would have been seen by Angels supporters as an opportunity to perhaps get back to winning ways.  As we all know football often doesn’t produce the results that appear and so it proved in this game. 

Looking at Angels starting line up, Tariq Hinds replaced Craig Braham-Barrett at left back while Ben Swift returning from injury was preferred to Tommy Parkinson at centre back.  

A blustery Longmead saw Slough make the better start with Obi forcing a terrific save from Henly and the Angels keeper again called into serious action all within the first 10 minutes.  Gradually however Tonbridge started to take control of proceedings.  In the 20th minute a glorious cross from Angels right back Fielding saw Greenidge take full advantage and put the home side in front.

There were then more chances for Tonbridge through Miles, and Wood but eventually Angels made the pressure tell with a double strike just before half time.  A Turner cross gave Aransibia the opportunity to head past Forster and then with the Slough defence in disarray Greenidge got his second goal following good work by Gard. 

If Angels thought the match was done and dusted in their favour they were to be very mistaken.  Within six minutes of the restart Slough had reduced the arrears through a Matt Lench long range effort and with the wind in their favour the Rebels looked like they might get something from the game. 

Slough always looked the likelier to add to the scoreline and produced a number of long range efforts that just went wide.  But it was simply a prelude to what was to prove an exciting end.   On 75 minutes Goddard was allowed to turn on the edge of the box and let fly with a 20 yarder that put Slough just one behind.  On 86 minutes the visitors then drew level with recent loan signing Amartey producing a wonderful strike. At that point they might have harboured thoughts of winning the game but in the end the drama was over with Angels wondering how they had let a 3-0 half time lead let slip.

Angels Boss,Jay Saunders didn’t hold back in his post match comments; “I’m very disappointed with the end result.  Quite honestly it feels like a defeat.  When you are 3-0 up at the break and playing at home then you must see the game out.  We’ve scored goals, yes, but it’s our defensive duties that have let us down today.”  

Photo Wesley Filtness. Tonbridge Angels photographs can be found at www.wezpix.com 

Published Saturday 7th January 2023 (last updated Sunday 8th January 2023)