Jon proves he's the Main man

Thursday 18th May 2006

Former Cray Wanderers striker Jon Main has certainly struck a cord with Tonbridge Angels' fans – he has won an internet poll for their favourite play-off goal scored by Tony Dolby’s side, writes Stephen McCartney.

The former VCD Athletic striker, who scored 20 goals for Ian Jenkins’ Cray Wanderers’ side before his switch to the Betterview Longmead Stadium club in January, took his own personal tally to 25 for the season, using his pace to net two clinical goals for Tonbridge during their play-off success.

And Tonbridge Angels fans celebrating their promotion to the Ryman Premier League thanks to their thrilling 3-2 play-off final victory over Dover Athletic earlier in the month, voted Main’s 17th minute opener against their arch rivals as their favourite play-off goal.

The pacy striker latched onto a long clearance from goalkeeper Jerome John, burst past two Dover defenders before rolling a left-footed shot into the bottom far corner from 12-yards to send the Angels’ fans wild.

That goal brought almost half of the votes cast on the internet poll, but Main also opened the scoring – after 66 minutes - against Tooting & Mitcham United in the semi-final despite having Ray Powell sent off for a second yellow card on the stroke of half time.

Main received a low pass from Luke Piscina some 30-yards from goal, and as the assistant’s flag stayed down, Main, with the whole of Tonbridge urging him on, burst into the penalty area.

And young Tooting goalkeeper Sheikh Cessay, who replaced the suspended Paul Borg, was the only player he had to beat.

But from eight-yards out, Main found the bottom far corner with the outside of his right boot to send the home faithful wild.

Nick Barnes' fine solo goal secured the 2-0 victory.