Resilient Angels' end Tooting's nine match winning streak
McCartney reports from
|Tooting & Mitcham United||0|
Barnes (pen) 21
Darren Smith 80
|Resilient Tonbridge Angels grounded
out a vital victory at second placed Tooting & Mitcham United at
Imperial Fields today and moved into fourth place in the Ryman League
Division One table, writes Stephen McCartney.
The manager of the month award curse has, however, struck Terrors' manager Richard Caddett, in front of their biggest crowd of the season.
His side went into this game having won their last nine competitive games but goals from Nick Barnes (penalty) and a 30-yard volley from Darren Smith enhanced the Kent side's promotion chances.
Fraser Logan, 21, who joined Tonbridge from Kent rivals Bromley last Wednesday, played on the left of a four man midfield, and he had the games first chance inside four minutes, but his 30-yard left-footed free kick didn't trouble goalkeeper Jonty Venter.
James Lasbrey's cross from the right was met by a glancing header from John Hastings', which went wide of the far post.
But Tonbridge took the lead after 21 minutes courtesy of Barnes' third goal of the season, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Ryan Gray was shown a red card for a deliberate handball on the goal-line.
But three minutes later, Mikael Munday's header sent Gavin Grant in and with only goalkeeper Jerome John to beat, the 13-goal top scorer lacked the killer touch and his shot rolled to the former Fisher Athletic stopper.
Hastings' rose to meet Munday's 32nd minute corner at the far post but John tipped the powerful header over.
Grant then cut in from the left inside the Angels' penalty area, and his shot took a deflection but John dived low to his left to claw the shot around the post.
Angels' had some respite late in the second half when John's long kick upfield sent Ray Powell through but his powerful drive crashed wide of the near post.
Tooting tested John again eleven minutes into the
second half when nine-goal striker Hastings' rose to meet Lasbery's deep
cross from the right, but John made a comfortable save.
|Tooting & Mitcham United: Jonty
Venter, James Lasbery (Denva McKenzie 63), Craig Tanner, Mikael Munday,
Danny Twin, Aaron Day, Ryan Gray, Ted Hart, Gavin Grant, John Hastings,
Jason Pinnock (Vernon Francis 21). Subs: Justin Bowen, Danny Platel,
Sent off: Ryan Gray 20
Tonbridge Angels: Jerome John, John Beales, Jon Heath, Darren Smith, Steve Aris (Capt), Lew Watts, Loui Fazakerley (Luke Piscina 66), Danny Lye, Fraser Logan, Nick Barnes, Ray Powell (Leroy Huggins 70). Subs: Adam O'Neill, Lee Kennett, Mike Cramp.
Referee: Mr Robert Whitton
Assistants: Mr Craig Hicks & Mr Alex Neil