We believe we will climb the table and get to where we want to be the end of the season, says Tonbridge Angels' assistant Barry Moore
TONBRIDGE ANGELS assistant manager Barry Moore says there’s no reason to panic with his side sitting in ninth-place in the Bostik Premier table after 13 games.
The Angels suffered a 2-1 defeat at third-placed Hendon at the weekend, courtesy of a late penalty from the home side. Chris Kinnear had given the Angels the lead.
“The Hendon game was disappointing as we worked very hard as a team to get into a lead with a great goal from Chris and we wasn’t switched on to a cross from which they scored,” reflected Moore.
“I felt their penalty was very soft but the referee gave it so there isn’t much we can do about bad decisions from officials.
“I think a draw would’ve been a fair result but to take a positive out of it our defensive unit are doing well with a few clean sheets lately and to only concede one goal in open play on Saturday against a team who have scored a lot of goals at home this season is good.”
Moore will be looking to bounce back when league leaders Leiston visit Longmead Stadium on Tuesday night.
Leiston rose to the summit at the weekend after winning 2-0 at Dorking Wanderers, with 25 points from 11 games and they are one point clear of Billericay Town, who have two games in hand.
Tonbridge Angels, meanwhile, have 18 points on the board, only three points adrift of fifth-placed Harrow Borough in the play-off zone.
“We have a very tough game on Tuesday against Leiston, who are currently unbeaten in the league this year,” said Moore.
“I’m sure they will be very hard to break down, a lot like last year and they have the ability to hit you on the break with quality front players, so we will have to be at our very best to get a positive result.
“With a few players getting back to full fitness, competition for places will be a good thing as it keeps boys on their toes but also allows us to use the lads wisely from Saturday to Tuesday instead of being tired or not 100% but still having to start or get through 90 minutes.
“Being where we are in the league is obviously disappointing but not a massive problem to the staff or players. With 33 league games left, I don’t think it’s panic stations just yet.
“Myself, Steve McKimm, Justin Luchford and Stewart Copeland and most importantly the players believe we will climb the table and get to where we want to be the end of the season."
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Tonbridge Angels v Leiston
Tuesday 17th October 2017
Kick Off 7:45pm
at Longmead Stadium, Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN10 3JF