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Tonbridge Angels
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Sat 27 Feb 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 559

Beavers bullied by Angels

The Beavers suffered only their second defeat of the year in going down to a stolid Tonbridge Angels side, winning on a Luke Blewden penalty.

Dowse made no changes to his starting eleven and the game never really got going as both teams took a long time to size each other up and it took over 20 minutes for the first clear chances to arrive for either side. Jamal Lowe managed to scoot round Folkes, but his attempt from a narrow angle was well saved by DiBernardo by the foot of the post.

The best chance of the first half went to the hosts just before half time, as Charlie Webster took advantage of Tom Jelley slipping to get a cross into the box for Nathan Elder in front of goal. The burly striker's shot though wasn't decisive and was straight into the midriff of keeper Mark Smith.

Jamal Lowe was proving to be the busiest of the Beavers forward line and in added time, he got on the end of a lofted ball by Kieran Murphy. his shot was easily saved by the Angels keeper.

It was much the same in the second half and although the Beavers came out with more purpose, they couldn't quite generate enough of a creative spark to unlock the Angels. The nearest being Brendan Kiernan's header just before the hour mark.

The game was starting to look like a goal-less encounter when the Angels won a penalty that left most within the ground baffled as to why it was given. After Tom Jelley had received a caution, Blewden stepped up to sidefoot the ball past Smith, who couldn't quite get enough on it to make the save.

After the game, the referee explained that he'd given it for Jelley holding on to a Tonbridge player as the cross came over, which seemed very soft as there was few if any appeals from the home team.

The Beavers did try to get back into the game but Tonbridge defended resolutely, giving them little opportunity to get the equaliser. Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick had a shot deflected wide and with 5 minutes to go, Nicke Kabamba had a header which was saved easily by DiBernardo.

Deep in added time, extended due to an injury to Luke Blewden, the Beavers won a corner, which prompted everyone into the Angels box, with keeper Mark Smith even appearing. He was closest to the cross, but he then had to sprint for his life as Woods-Garness attempted a 65 yard attempt on goal.

The ball took an eternity to travel the length of the pitch, but the long range shot rolled against the post and went wide as the whistle went.

Speaking to the Angels website after the game, Dowse's frustration was clear to see. "We were beaten by the better side this afternoon, it was one of our worst performances of the season and we allowed ourselves to be bullied by a strong Tonbridge side."


Tonbridge Angels (0) 1
Luke Blewden (p) 64.

Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 0

Att: 559

Tonbridge Angels: 1 Anthony Di Bernardo, 2 James Folkes, 3 Jack Parter, 4 Tom Parkinson (Anthony Riviere 81'), 5 Jerome Sobers, 6 Sonny Miles, 7 Charlie Webster (Tommy Whitnell 70'), 8 Luke Allen, 9 Nathan Elder, 10 Luke Blewden (Bradley Woods-Garness 90'), 11 Nick Wheeler
Subs: 12 Laurence Ball, 14 Tommy Whitnell, 15 Anthony Riviere, 16 Ben Harrison, 17 Bradley Woods-Garness

Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Tom Jelley, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Leon Solomon, 7 Jerome Federico (Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick 65'), 8 Tom Beere (Dean Sinclair 74'), 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Brendan Kiernan (Charlie Moone 80'), 11 Jamal Lowe
Subs: 12 Joe Hicks, 14 Eddie Hutchinson, 15 Dean Sinclair, 16 Charlie Moone, 17 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick

Photo (c) Neil Hood 2016

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80:00 Sub Off
Brendan Kiernan is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
80:00 Sub On
Charlie Moone is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
74:00 Sub Off
Tom Beere is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
74:00 Sub On
Dean Sinclair is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
65:00 Sub Off
Jerome Federico is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
65:00 Sub On
Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
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  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • 0
  • Jerome Federico Sub Off 65:00'
  • Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick Sub On 65:00'
  • Tom Beere Sub Off 74:00'
  • Dean Sinclair Sub On 74:00'
  • Brendan Kiernan Sub Off 80:00'
  • Charlie Moone Sub On 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hampton & Richmond Borough 46 95
2. Bognor Regis Town 46 94
3. East Thurrock United 46 91
4. Tonbridge Angels 46 85
5. Dulwich Hamlet 46 81
6. Enfield Town 46 80
7. Kingstonian 46 73

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