Tonbridge do the double over Chippenham
Jay Saunders had a full squad at his disposal with the return of Jernade Meade on Saturday afternoon. His eleven to start the game was Henly, Hinds, Fielding, Lyons-Foster, Vincent, Higgs, Gard, Wagstaff (C), Lock, Odokonyero, Shields.
Chippenham won the toss to start the second clash between these two sides this season but, despite having the first attack of the game with Tom Mehew driving into the box forcing an intervention from Fielding, it was Tonbridge who fared best overall. Lewis Gard was the first to test Will Henry in the opposition net with just 5 minutes played. The stopper was equal to the shot.
Intensive pressing from Angels was a key theme throughout the game with skipper Scott Wagstaff the main enforcer early on including putting pressure on the keeper who miskicked the ball towards Lock in the 7th minute which set him free towards goal, skilling up up a few players on his way and ultimately shooting convincingly only for Henry to make a strong save.
Unfortunately for Tonbridge, the aforementioned Lock had to leave the field after just 17 minutes having picked up an injury from a collision with Freddie Grant which saw the defender enter the book. Mo Dabre was introduced in Lock's place.
Tonbridge were creating numerous chances and took hold of the game with an opener after 23 minutes when Shields from wide-left put a powerful shot on Will Henry in the opposition net who saved it onto the crossbar but, it came back out towards Kodi Lyons-Foster, who made no mistake tucking it home to put Tonbridge ahead.
Hints of a second goal were evident as the game approached half time but the scoreline remained 1-0 at the break.
Despite struggling in recent games at the beginning of the second half, the blues built on their lead after 15 minutes with Sean Shields shimmying in the box to find space for his shot which he rifled into the top right corner. More efforts from Shields, Odokonyero and Gard characterised the second half and with a comfortable lead established, the game never looked in doubt for Tonbridge.
Before everything was wrapped up though, Tariq Hinds was sent down the tunnel for a second bookable offence having picked up the ball once it had gone out for a Chippenham throw. Earlier on in the game he was cautioned for a late challenge on Grant. The visitors piled on the pressure with the boost of an extra man but weren't able to break down a resolute back line which Meade slotted into replacing Gard and taking Hinds' place at right-back.
Jonny Henly was forced to make a save on the 90th minute to preserve his clean sheet. Chippenham at the death put the ball in the net but the flag was raised as 2 or 3 players in burgundy were well offside.
Tonbridge Angels 2, Chippenham Town 0.