Well drilled Angels just ‘2 Blewden’ good for Boro’
The weather having developed as per forecast, the game began a little after 3:00pm under blue skies and with a warming sun.
With a win likely to elevate the hosts into 2nd place they started at a cracking pace and inside three minutes first Tom Broadbent then CJ Fearn cleared for Boro’ before Joe Tupper palmed away a dangerous cross.
When Boro’ broke, Bobbie Dale jumped with the Angel’s keeper on the edge of the area and Di Bernado headed clear rather untidily. He presumably felt unsure of his position and didn’t dare risk handling the ball.
Soon after, another Boro’ attack ended with Collins being caught marginally offside.
The home side produced another good move which Broadbent headed out for a corner. Boro’s set piece hoodoo struck again when Luke Blewden opened the scoring with a close range effort from the left side corner after 14 minutes. Tonbridge Angels 1-0 Farnborough.
Boro’ then got into their stride and enjoyed their best period of the half when dominating for best part of twenty minutes.
Dale put Williams through but Di Bernado blocked his shot and the ball was cleared. The home side then survived a spell of continuous Boro’ attacks.
A sharp effort from Collins was blocked and Dale was first to react but his shot was blocked by the keeper and a follow up effort was this time claimed by the keeper.
A good forward ball from Matt Bevans was back headed by Sobers to his keeper and another good chance was headed out for a corner.
When Boro’ were awarded a free kick on the left side Di Bernado punched clear.
In the final five minutes, the Angels did have two decent efforts on goal the first from Riviere was blocked and cleared then CJ blocked from Elder before Joe Tupper showed good anticipation to safely gather a low shot from the right.
The last chance of the half fell to Boro’ and when a Tommy Wright shot was parried by Di Bernado, Bobbie Dale followed up and netted only to be judged offside. A close decision!!
HALF TIME: Tonbridge Angels 1-0 Farnborough
A closely contested half which saw Boro’ come more into the game in the latter stages and were a little unlucky not to have gone in level at the break. The home side were well organised and quick on the break. They were fairly robust and happy to do a bit of pushing and pulling to win the ball.
The second half started at 4:05pm with the home side looking to increase their lead.
A good through ball ran through to Tupper when Elder’s first touch let him down and the same player then shot wide from distance.
When Tonbridge Angels broke quickly down the left, Luke Blewden collected the ball near the touch line and went on a diagonal run into the box which saw him go past three defenders without a serious challenge before finishing well into the bottom right corner to claim his second goal and double the Angel’s lead on 55 minutes. Tonbridge Angels 2-0 Farnborough.
Boro’ countered but two “hand balls” in seconds, the first ignored and the second waved on by the Referee and Tonbridge Angels regained possession.
Tupper palmed away a cross from the left and another break saw Folkes finish with a weak shot.
A spate of changes on 66 minutes saw Tonbridge Angels bring on Webster for Wheeler, while a double substitution for Boro’ saw L’Heureux Menga on for Lewis Collins and Jack Barton replace Bobbie Dale.
A Perry Ryan free kick on the edge of the area was well saved by Di Bernado diving low to his right.
Tonbridge Angels made another change after 75 minutes replacing Nathan Elder with Ellis Brown.
The home side were clearly intent on seeing the game out and some of their challenges were at best clumsy, but proved effective. L’Heureux Menga had chased down every loose ball at speed and was himself returning some of the Angel’s tackles with interest.
Sonny Miles, who had played solidly all afternoon, tangled with Menga in midfield and appeared to hold the Boro’ player down, but nothing was given.
Just before the end of the 90 minutes Tupper saved well to deny Luke Blewden his hat trick and Menga, who had become a target for the home fans who were continually baying for him to be booked, was finally to give them their wish when he was booked near the end.
The four added minutes produced no clear cut chances at either end until just before the final whistle when Pinnock lashed a shot high and very wide.
FULL TIME: Tonbridge Angels 2-0 Farnborough
A game which saw the home side prove their position in the play-off places was no fluke as they showed themselves to be well organised in defence and above all able to take chances.
Boro’ were beaten by the better side on the day, but also showed promise of their own and in fact had a very good spell in the latter half of the first period when with a little more luck and better finishing might well have taken a point overall.
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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