Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Tonbridge Angels 1 v 0 Aveley

A Frannie Collin’s late strike denied three vital points for Aveley side that deserved more at a windy Longmead Stadium reports Stephen McCartney.

Like most performances under Carl Griffiths, the Millermen played better than their position in the bottom three suggests.

But Collin’s fifth goal in seven days – his nineteenth of the season – saw the Kent side leapfrog over Lowestoft Town into third place in the table.

Beales was at the right place at the right time in the 17th minute when he got back on the far post to hack clear Junior Dadson’s left-footed angled drive, which had flashed across his goalkeeper Lee Worgan.

Aveley ‘keeper Dave McCartney made his only save of the first half in the 20th minute when he dived low to his right to save Taylor’s low right-footed drive from 30-yards.

Aveley should have taken the lead when they squandered three good chances before the break.

Striker Tamer Tuna stepped up and curled a right-footed free-kick from 22-yards, which beat the Tonbridge keeper, who was relieved to see the ball crash off the crossbar.

Central midfielder Kenny Beaney then released Sherwin Stanley down the left channel and the former Tonbridge striker cut inside and his right-footed angled drive was destined for the far corner, but Worgan dived to his left to tip the ball around the post, an excellent save.

Returning Aveley defender, Sean Francis, who was immense alongside his skipper Tony Russell, could have broken the deadlock in the 53rd minute, meeting Beaney’s corner from the right with a looping header which dropped over.

Another chance fell Aveley’s way when Beales clearance fell to Dadson, who hooked a left-footed half-volley screaming past the post.

The home fans’ frustration grew after the hour-mark as Tonbridge couldn’t break through a resilient back-four and visiting goalkeeper McCartney was a spectator.

A sweeping move down the left involving Dadson and Tuna saw Dadson curl a right-footed drive over from the edge of the Tonbridge penalty area, but Stanley almost scored against his former club in the 65th minute.

But Tonbridge Angels grabbed their seventh league home win of the season with thirteen minutes remaining, which was hard on Aveley.

Left wing-back Danny Walder spread the ball across the penalty area to Taylor, who cushioned a header into Collin’s path and the former Dover Athletic striker fired a right-footed low shot underneath McCartney and into the centre of an empty net.

Tonbridge Angels: Lee Worgan, Danny Walder, Sonny Miles, Lewis Taylor (Scott Kinch 90), Ben Judge, John Beales, Lee Browning, Lee Browning, Chris Piper (Jake Beecroft 76), Jay May (Fraser Logan 65), Frannie Collin, Ade Olorunda.

Goal: Frannie Collin 77

Booked: Lee Browning 45, Ade Olorunda 83

Aveley: Dave McCartney, Ryan Andrews, Charlie Read, Sean Francis, Tony Russell, Danny Slatter (Orlando Smith 81), Andy Howell, Kenny Beaney, Tamer Tuna, Sherwin Stanley, Junior Dadson (Josh Llewellyn 87).
Subs: Ugo Udoji, Spencer Harrison.

Booked: Tony Russell 81, Orlando Smith 90

Attendance: 436
Referee: Mr Alex Neil (Sutton, Surrey)
Assistants: Mr Peter Crichlow (Carshalton, Surrey) & Mr Chris Phillips (Carshalton, Surrey)

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