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Tonbridge Angels 5
Boachie (26'), Soares-Junior (57', 75' pen), Fagg (69', 86')
1 Charlton Athletic
Viggers (48')

Tuesday Triumph in clash between Angels and Addicks

A strong side was put out by Jay Saunders; Henly in goal, Swift, Lyons-Foster, Hinds and Fielding filling up the defensive positions. The midfield consisted of Powell, Fagg and Higgs. Nathan Wood in attack with Soares-Junior and Boachie for company.

Early signs showed Angels playing positively. Chances were crafted by the likes of Joe Boachie and Nathan Wood who shone due to their clever link-up play on the left-hand side, helping to apply pressure to Charlton.

With just 18 minutes played, Tommie Fagg could have had a hat-trick. His third chance of three came from a corner but he was denied an opener by Charlton’s shot stopper who saved it well. 

Having been on top, Angels eventually capitalised on an attack down the right-hand side led by Soares-Junior. Tonbridge infiltrated the box and Joe Boachie scored neatly despite having his back to goal and numerous players in close proximity. A moment of class. 

26 minutes played - Angels one up. 

Charlton were then kicked into action and enjoyed more of the ball for the final 15 minutes of the first half. They couldn’t however equalise before half-time, so the teams headed down the tunnel; Tonbridge 1, Charlton 0.

No changes were made for Angels at the beginning of the second half. This wasn't surprising as the manager had recently pinpointed this game as to the one where he would start focusing player minutes. 

Charlton came out for the second half quickly and Ben Swift, perhaps caught out by the instantaneous attack, was beaten one-on-one by Ryan Viggers who finished past him and Jonny Henly to grab an equaliser. Tonbridge 1, Charlton 1.

Despite the equaliser, the Angels stayed composed and retook control.

Jordan Higgs struck a long-range effort which was hit well and found the target, but the goalkeeper denied him his first Angels goal. It did however give Angels a corner which Ruben Soares-Junior scored from. A header from Jamie Fielding at the back post hit the bar and subsequently put it on a plate for the Portuguese winger. 

With 57 minutes now played, Angels led again. 

Credit has to go to Nathan Wood who delivered an excellent ball from the quadrant. One of many good deliveries he produced on the night.

Subs were made around the hour mark. Lewis Gard, Parkinson, Wagstaff & Crichlow came on. Joe Boachie, Lyons-Foster, Wood and Higgs departed.

Tommie Fagg, who was the centre of attention in the opening minutes, was pushed forward as a result of the substitutions and, moments later, he put himself on the scoresheet. He met a cross with an excellent header and put it past the keeper draped in green.

Soares-Junior, who had already scored and delivered both assists, bagged himself a brace. He did so by scoring a penalty which was awarded for an obvious Charlton handball. Angels 4, Addicks 1.

Tommie Fagg had the last word, adding his name to the scoresheet for a second time, again meeting a cross. This time, substitute Crichlow delivering the cross in a move which was initiated by talented youngster Hayden Velvick who had been given minutes in the closing period.

At the end of the night it finished Tonbridge Angels 5, Charlton Athletic 1.

Published Tuesday 11th July 2023 (last updated Wednesday 12th July 2023)