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Tonbridge Angels
Full time
G Heath (48'), M Blake (68')
Tue 20 Sep 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 497

Tonbridge Angels 2 Blues 2


All square in the top of the table clash

It's as you were at the top of the Ryman Premier Division as Tonbridge Angels and the Blues fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw. The visitors recovered from a two goal half time deficit to storm back in the second period and deservedly earn a point as the current best two sides in the Division locked horns at the Longmead Stadium. The Blues had Danny Potter back between the posts for the first time in three years following an injury to Nick Eyre while Seb Dunbar was only fit enough to start on the bench, Leon Ottley-Gooch was also missing through injury. The Angels had made a similar start to the season as the Blues with only goal difference separating the sides at the top of the table. The Kent side also boasted a mean defence, conceding just a miserly two goals in their seven League games to date. In all red Leiston started well and spurned three decent chances inside the opening twenty minutes, their attacking prowess silencing the majority of the near 500 spectators. But those chances were punished as on 25 minutes the hosts nudged ahead. Right back James Foulkes cut inside onto his left foot and curled a fine effort inside the far post. The visitors responded, Anthony Di Bernardo thwarting Blues leading scorer Matt Blake from close range. Yet again the miss proved costly as on 38 minutes the Angels doubled their lead. Luke Allen ran from just inside his own half unopposed before drilling a fine effort beyond Danny Potter. A two goal half time deficit against a side who had conceded only two League goals to date, the signs did not look good. But with two and a bit minutes of the second half Leiston were back in the contest. Gareth Heath, forever popping up with crucial goals, did so again as his sweet strike from just outside the box raced beyond Di Bernardo. Game on. Lifted by the goal Leiston pressed deeper into the heart of the Tonbridge final third as the home support grew nervous. Twenty minutes after Heath's goal, parity was restored. The League's leading scorer Matt Blake seizing on a loose ball inside the Tonbridge box to crash home his seventh League goal in eight starts. It was a great fight back from the Suffolk side but back came Tonbridge rousing their fans and only some frantic defending from the visitors kept the hosts at bay. Chances for either side came and went as the fine football fare on show ebbed and flowed in what was a terrific advert for the Ryman Premier Division. At the final whistle both sets of players had given there all and a draw was a fair result keeping both sides unbeaten records in tact as well as their places in the table just as they were prior to kick off.

FT - Tonbridge Angels 2 Blues 2

Tonbridge Angels - Di Bernardo, Folkes, Parter, Parkinson (Phipp 79 mins), Miles, Beavon (Udogi 85 mins), Scannell, Allen, Elder (Blewden 70 mins), Dundas, Wheeler. Subs not used - Whitnell and Fortnam-Tomlinson.

Blues - Potter, Brown, Brothers, Ainsley, Jefford, Bullard, Lawrence, Heath, Blake, Finch, Francis. Subs not used - Saker, Winter, Schaar, Dunbar and Beckwith.

Man of the Match - Gareth Heath

Attendance - 497

Gareth Heath

Player of the Match

Gareth Heath

Key moments

Goal Gareth Heath scores for Leiston
Goal Matt Blake scores for Leiston


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90:00 Player of the Match
Gareth Heath is awarded player of the match for Leiston
68:00 Goal 0 - 2
Matt Blake scores for Leiston
48:00 Goal 0 - 1
Gareth Heath scores for Leiston
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Leiston
  • 0
  • Gareth Heath Goal 48:00'
  • Matt Blake Goal 68:00'

Team selection

Potter, Danny Potter, Danny
Brown, Oliver Brown, Oliver
Brothers, Patrick Brothers, Patrick
Heath, Gareth Heath, Gareth
Jefford, Joe Jefford, Joe
Bullard, Tom Bullard, Tom
Francis, Joe Francis, Joe
Ainsley, Jack Ainsley, Jack
Blake, Matt Blake, Matt
Lawrence, Byron Lawrence, Byron
Finch, Christy Finch, Christy

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Havant & Waterlooville 46 94
2. Bognor Regis Town 46 92
3. Dulwich Hamlet 46 80
4. Enfield Town 46 76
5. Wingate & Finchley 46 75
6. Tonbridge Angels 46 74
7. Leiston 46 73

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