Football: Tonbridge Angels stun leaders Haringey with spectacular winner

Turner's strike cancelled out by windy gust
Tonbridge Angels

A LATE goal from substitute Adem Ramadan secured a third win in succession for the resurgent Tonbridge Angels, who knocked Haringey Borough off the top of the Bostik League Premier.

Many had predicted a high-scoring game but the defensive work of both sides was efficient against two lively forward lines.

The home side enjoyed the better of the first half and forced Haringey’s keeper Valero Pajetat into making a double save in the 18th minute.

On 29 minutes Chinedu McKenzie fed the ball to Alex Read who saw his pile-driver graze the outside of the post. Two minutes later Joe Turner forced a good save from Pajetat.

Tonbridge piled on the pressure and Jared Small’s low cross just eluded Read. On the stroke of half time McKenzie set up Small, who could only shoot straight at Pajetat.

‘I don’t remember much about the strike. I was aware of a player close behind me so I hit it – and it flew in’

The second period saw more attacking from the visitors, who were strong down the right flank and enjoyed a good 15-minute spell.

Karl Akinwande was asking plenty of questions of the Angels defence and created openings with a number of teasing crosses.

Gradually Tonbridge worked themselves back into the game. On 72 minutes D’Sean Theobalds saw his 25-yard effort crash against the crossbar.

After Boro squandered an excellent chance to take the lead, Ramadan stepped up in the 90th minute and unleashed a spectacular 20-yard screamer that gave Pajetat no chance.

Ramadan said: “I don’t remember much about the strike. Arthur [Lee] had put a cross in which was only half-cleared and the ball fell to me.

“I was aware of a player close behind me so I hit it – and it flew in. It’s nice to get the winner, of course – but to be honest I’m more pleased about the team getting the three points.”

Tonbridge now take on Bognor Regis Town away on Saturday (February 2, kick-off 3pm).

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