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Tonbridge Angels 3
Greenidge (5'), Shields (42'), Gard (90' pen)
3 Hemel Hempstead Town
Brown (12'), Williams (20', 78')
Jordan Greenidge celebrates his opener for Angels

Action packed draw between Angels and Tudors

Tonbridge Angels hosted Hemel Hempstead Town in a tasty game made up of six goals, a red card and a penalty.

The XI: Henly, Hinds, Lyons-Foster, Swift, Meade, Wagstaff (C), Shields, Turner, Pegrum, Greenidge, Fish

Tonbridge opened the scoring after just five minutes, new signing Sean Shields coming in from the left, playing square to another recent arrival Charlie Pegrum who attempted to finish but was blocked, the ball falling back towards Jordan Greenidge who made no mistake in finishing home to put the Angels ahead.

However, just seven minutes later, Hemel Hempstead responded. A weak period for the home side was punished by Bayley Brown, who, having been played through, took the ball around Jonny Henly and equalised.

Just eight minutes later, the visitors doubled their tally courtesy of George Williams striking into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the box. 

Striker Greenidge was working hard for the Angels who’d been improving after conceding the second goal and off the back of his efforts, Sean Shields nicked the ball off a defender and and struck past the keeper to score on his debut and equalise before the break.

HT - Angels 2, Hemel Hempstead 2.

The second half saw plenty more action. 

Firstly the introduction of Lewis Gard, and Francis Mampolo taking Pegrum and Sheilds' places respectively.

Despite the fresh legs for Angels, it was Hemel Hempstead who went ahead, Josh Williams scoring a peach of a goal on the 76th minute to beat Jonny Henly into the top right corner and put the away side ahead again. 

A couple of minutes later, things got worse for the Angels as they went down to 10 men as a result of a second yellow card for Jordan Greenidge. The first yellow due to a push, off the ball, the second for a challenge which the referee deemed bookable. 

However, the home side kept fighting and showed great character to stay in the game and subsequently win a 90th minute penalty which was slotted home calmly by Lewis Gard to give Tonbridge a well deserved point having fought hard for it.

Full time - Tonbridge Angels 3, Hemel Hempstead Town 3

Published Saturday 7th October 2023