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|Saturday 4 September 2004||Ryman League
|Stephen McCartney reports from Longmead Stadium|
|Tonbridge Angels||1||Patrick Blackman 77|
|Kingstonian||1||Elliot Onochie 21|
Tonbridge not at the races
PATRICK BLACKMAN’S first goal of the season with thirteen minutes remaining salvaged Tonbridge Angels a point in a disappointing display in front of their biggest crowd of the season at Longmead Stadium today.
town celebrating Kelly Holmes heroics in the Athens Olympics in the past week,
Tonbridge fans were brought back down to earth as bottom of the table
Kingstonian had enough chances to win the game – but
had to settle for a point on a very hot day in Kent.
however, on this display, will be confident sending Dover Athletic to the bottom
of the Ryman League Premier Division table when the two bottom sides clash at
Kingsmeadow on Monday evening.
by vocal, passionate supporters, Kingstonian, who have fallen from grace from FA
Trophy winners in 1999 and 2000 to a struggling club both on and off the pitch,
came quickly out of the starting blocks and twice went close in the opening 99
right-footed 22-yard drive warmed the fingers of goalkeeper Jamie Turner before
Elliot Onochie, a prolific striker for Ryman Division One side Tooting &
Mitcham that earned him a pre-season trial at Premiership newcomers Crystal
Palace, whistled a shot wide of the far post.
chance for the home side fell to recent signing from Folkestone Invicta, Anthony
Hogg, whose 24-yard hooked shot rolled wide of the foot of the right upright
after 5 minutes.
Kingstonian midfielder Giles Coke proved he had the fizz in middle of the park, and with Liam Collins they won the midfield battles, and Coke's weaving 14th minute run scared the home defence.
shot was heading towards the bottom far corner of the net, but former Gravesend
& Northfleet goalkeeper Jamie Turner got down low and pushed the shot around
resulting corner, Jon Heath took evasive action heading a shot off the line.
leaving Blackman in his wake, Onochie raced towards goal and with only Turner to
beat, the low shot was palmed around the left post by the busy Angels
later, however, Kingstonian deservedly took the lead in the 21st
minute when Onochie at the far post, finally beat Turner, heading a cross from
the right home from close range to stun the Longmead faithful.
then created six more chances before the home side mustered a shot on goal,
which came inside stoppage time.
Suyana’s left footed drive went high and wide of Turner’s goal from distance
before Turner got his body behind Frazer Muscat’s long range drive a minute
Collins’ 29th minute effort was inches over before the lively
Onochie fired a shot towards the near post but it was too comfortable for the
goalkeeper as was Patterson's shot on goal.
travelling supporters from Surrey were clearly enjoying their team’s display,
especially in the first half.
However, the same can't be said of the home faithful, as their next shot on goal came deep into stoppage time.
manager Tony Dolby’s free kick was played to the right for substitute John
Farley, who had just replaced Tim Hambley, and his header across goal set up
Blackman and his 12-yard shot finally brought a save from 36-year-old goalkeeper
midfielder Sam Tydeman lost possession inside the K’s half and this allowed
Dean Lodge to play a ball into the Angels danger area, but Greg Ball blazed his
shot over the crossbar after 53 minutes.
Tonbridge were increasingly improving from their quiet first half and Luke Piscina received a square pass from Tydeman but his long range right-footed shot was saved by Key.
Kingstonian build up carved out another goalscoring opportunity in the 72nd
minute but Collin’s right wing cross was headed over by Lodge.
finally unlocked the visiting defence to salvage a point five minutes later.
and his team mates charged towards the far post and he touched home Dolby’s
free kick from the left hand side.
chances had chances to win the game inside injury time.
saved Patterson’s 20-yard snap shot before Onochie fired narrowly over the bar
from the edge of the penalty area.
other end, Hogg whistled a shot inches over the bar and the last chance of the
game fell to the impressive Onochie, who was denied by Turner from a six-yard
after the game, 30-year-old Angels player-manager Dolby admitted his side were
looking for the three points against bottom of the table Kingstonian.
“Looking back on the 90 minutes, yes, pleased overall that we didn’t
get beat and kept our unbeaten run going, but at the start of the game,
obviously looking for three, so that side of it was disappointing.”
losing their opening day of the season, 3-0 at home to Eastleigh, the Angels are
now unbeaten in six games.
however, admits he wants more from his players, especially in the early stages
“We just put a few home truths to them at half time.
had a bit of an issue, there’s only one game this season out of seven that we've
started brightly and that was Northwood and we were leading at half time and
went onto win the game comfortably.
a little barrier we’ve got to get over – we start very sluggish and that
gives teams a little gee up and they play and that brings their game on.
we have the strength to come back, but we really must address the first 15-20
minutes of the game.
sure we keep it nice and tight at 0-0 or put ourselves in front for a change.”
The Angels make the trip to Kent rivals Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday evening, and Dolby predicted: "There is a lot of rivalry between the two sides and I am sure it will be a good physical trough game and we are looking forward to it."
Angels: Jamie Turner, John Beales, Craig Roser (Capt), Tony Dolby, Andy Larkin
(Simon Stickney 67), Patrick Blackman, Sam Tydeman, Jon Heath (Kieron Wilson
HT), Luke Piscina, Tim Hambley (John Farley 43), Anthony Hogg. Subs: Joe Fuller
Lance Key (Capt), Frazer Knight, Dean Suyana, Richard Taylor, Matt Bradford
(Jonathan Coke 59), Giles Coke, Liam Collins, Matt Pattison, Elliot Onochie,
Greg Ball (Reggie Savage 87), Dean Lodge. Subs:
Bernard Asante, Mark Rhodes, Martin Williams
J Beadle (Meopham)
Assistants: M Cottee (Hornchurch) & Mr P Faithfull (Loughton)
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