Football: Tonbridge Angels boost playoff hopes against Corinthian Casuals

Football: Tonbridge Angels boost playoff hopes against Corinthian Casuals
ON THE SPOT: Joe Turner converted a late penalty to ensure victory PHOTO: David Couldridge

TONBRIDGE ANGELS moved up to third and are in close contention for a playoff place in the Bostik League Premier, just one point behind second-placed Haringey Borough.

The Angels dominated the first half but only had the one goal to show for it at the break.

It came after just 10 minutes when, following good work by Jared Small on the right wing.

His cross was converted by Chinedu McKenzie after a mistake in the Casuals defence.

The 22nd minute saw Tom Beere deliver an excellent free kick into the Casuals’ penalty area but McKenzie prodded his effort just wide.

Joe Turner forced a good save from Corinthian keeper Danial Bracken and there were further opportunities for the home side from Tom Derry and Small.

In the 36th minute Tonbridge had the ball in the net through McKenzie but the referee had already blown the whistle for an Angels free kick on the edge of the area.

Just before half-time Juevan Spencer had a chance for the visitors but his effort was saved by Angels keeper Jonny Henly.

With the strong wind in their favour after the break, the Casuals came much more into the game in the second half.

Despite their territorial advantage, however, the visitors were unable to unlock the Angels defence including the ever-reliable Henly.

Beere and substitute Adem Ramadan had chances for the Angels as the game reached its final quarter, and then in the 85th minute Tonbridge made sure of victory.

They were awarded a free kick which was handled by Majed Sean in the area. Turner stepped up and dispatched the resultant penalty with ruthless efficiency.

The Angels now travel to Whitehawk on Saturday [March 23, kick-off 3pm].

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