Angels show fighting spirit in defeat to league leaders

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Wealdstone: 3

Tonbridge Angels: 1

The visitors managed to force four corners in the opening exchanges but the Wealdstone defence was able to deal with the threats.

Soon the hosts were in their stride and after 16 minutes a cross from the left proved was diverted into his own net by Christ Tiehi.

On 21 minutes Sonny Miles made a timely interception to prevent a further goal but Wealdstone were running the show with Dennon Lewis particularly influential.

As the half ran down Tonbridge started to assert themselves with a succession of corners culminating in a Jack Rudoni effort being blocked on the line and a Joe Turner header going just wide.

The Angels started the second half confidently too, but Wealdstone were awarded a penalty in the 50th minute and the rebound was converted by Billy Clifford.

It seemed like game over for the visitors but as the hour-mark approached they were awarded a spot-kick of their own when Tom Derry was brought down.

D’Sean Theobalds converted despite Aston Oxborough getting a hand to the ball and the Angels knew they were back in the game.

Into the last 10 minutes Tonbridge saw a big chance go begging as a Jared Small cross found the unmarked Derry who met the ball perfectly but headed straight at the keeper.

Angels continued to press but in stoppage time Wealdstone took advantage of a gap in the Tonbridge defence and Dejon Noel-Williams made sure of the victory.

“I was very proud of my players today,” said McKimm. “This was a good performance against a strong Wealdstone side.

“It was a defeat but we restricted the top-of-the-league side to only a few chances especially in the second half.

“Our fans were brilliant and meant a lot to me and the players, especially the words of encouragement afterwards.”

Tonbridge, who are second from bottom and equal on points with Hungerford, now take on Oxford City – who are two points and places ahead of them – at Longmead on Saturday (November 2, kick-off 3pm).

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