Football: Turner pulls strings as Tonbridge Angels return to form
11th October 2018
Tonbridge Angels 2 Potters Bar Town 1
The Bostik League Premier leaders got back to winning ways with a deserved victory but they were made to work hard for the points by a well-organised Potters defence.
The home side enjoyed plenty of possession but they managed to carve out few genuine chances in the first half.
Jack Richards sent in a low cross in the 21st minute which had to be cleared off the line.
Just before the interval Joe Turner and Richards combined well to set up Adem Ramadan but his effort just cleared the crossbar.
Angels went in front after just a minute of the second period when Tom Parkinson converted Turner’s free kick.
There was an immediate response from the Scholars, however, with Keegan Coles volleying his blocked free kick against the angle of bar and post and Eoin Casey knocking in the rebound for the equaliser.
Tonbridge continued to dominate possession and their efforts were rewarded on 72 minutes when Turner forced his way through and finished with a superb shot to restore the lead.
The home defence, which had been rock solid until the previous weekend’s defeat, stood firm with goalkeeper Jonny Henly not called upon to make a meaningful save.
The Angels’ dominance was helped by a straight red card for Potters Bar’s Sean Grace for bringing down Tonbridge substitute Liam King when he was through on goal.
Angels manager Steve McKimm said: “I was very pleased with our performance today, particularly during the second half when despite being pegged back immediately after our first goal, our heads didn’t drop and if anything we moved into a higher gear.”
Tonbridge now face Bognor Regis Town at Longmead on Saturday [October 13, kick-off 3pm].
Boot boost for school
Tonbridge Angels have donated 30 pairs of football boots to Long Mead Community Primary School, near the club’s stadium, to help pupils whose parents cannot afford the rising cost of sportswear.
The scheme was run in association with another neighbour, Tonbridge Baptist Church.
Its Community Work Coordinator, Jemma Graffin, said: “The boots are going to families from the school who would otherwise struggle to buy them. The PE teacher is hugely grateful so thank you very much for your kind gift.”