Football: Tonbridge Angels are brought back down to earth

Pam Mills

AFTER the fine victory over high-flying Billericay Town two days before it was a weary Angels who travelled to Wingate & Finchley.

They came out of the blocks slowly and it took the home side 10 minutes to take the lead. A glorious strike from distance by Reece Beckles-Richards gave keeper Jonny Henly no chance.

On 22 minutes Tashi-Jay Kwayie was presented with a clear sight of goal following Joe Turner’s low cross but his shot went over the bar.

Four minutes later Alex Akrofi also fired over from Turner’s corner, and he also forced a good save from Shane Gore just before half-time.

Wingate, who had been denied by Henly three times, took advantage of these misses, adding to their score in the 40th minute through Luke Ifil.

A rejuvenated Angels came out for the second half and with Nathan Elder now leading the line they became a threat particularly from set pieces.

With Andrew Seesay providing momentum on the left, Akrofi had a header cleared off the line.

Fom another corner Sonny Miles scored with a flick header in the 61st minute. But Wingate managed to hold out and leapfrogged Tonbridge into ninth place in the Bostik League Premier.

Angels manager Steve McKimm said: “We did start slow and to be honest, with all that’s happened in the past week, I half expected that.

“But second half I thought we forced the issue and taking the performances over the last four games I am very proud of this squad.”

Angels now host Harlow Town on Good Friday (March 30, kick-off 3pm) before the return match at Billericay on Monday (April 2, kick-off 3pm).

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