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Tonbridge Angels 0
1 Weston-super-Mare
Bastin (26')

Angels suffer opening home defeat

Weston-super-Mare took home the points from the Angels’ first home game of the season. 

Tonbridge were looking to open their home campaign with a win on the back of their opening day defeat at Worthing, but Jordan Bastin denied the Angels their first points on the board.  

Bastin scored in the 26th minute for the away side. He finished first time on the end of a ball that had been played in by teammate Keiran Thomas. The left footed strike putting the Seagulls ahead inside the first third of the game.  

Whilst Angels had looked to respond through a curling effort from Ruben Soares-Junior and a header that was put just wide from Tommie Fagg, Weston were still leading at the close of the half. 

Both sides had been forced into a change before the break. Reuben Reid went down injured and was replaced by Marlon Jackson . Whilst the Angels' substitution saw player and assistant manager Tom Parkinson taking Ben Swift’s place in the heart of defence as he took a whack to the head just prior to the break.  

A penalty shout, three minutes into the half,  was the first real action of second period. Weston were adamant they should have had a spot kick but the referee waving the shouts away. Substitutes for both teams were introduced throughout the second half. Stefan Payne, just past the hour, and Abby Akanbi (70 minutes) for the home side, both summer signings and both adding a new dynamic to the match. 

Payne might well have had a scoring debut had it not been for the woodwork that he struck after 75 minutes with the rebound falling back to him but this time he was denied by a magnificent clearance from the line by Samuel Avery. 

The visitors didn’t have a comfortable end to the game. Tonbridge putting everything on the line to try and equalise in injury time. Ten corners came in additional time, some of which goalkeeper, Jonny Henly, came up for to make a nuisance of himself in the box.  

However, their efforts weren’t enough to affect the score line and the match ended as it was at half time with the visitors returning to Somerset with their 100% record intact from their opening two games.

In his after match interview and asked whether he thought his side was unlucky, Jay Saunders said he thought “we won’t play like that and come away without any points many times, but we’ve conceded a sloppy goal and you cannot afford to do that.”

Published Sunday 13th August 2023