Match Preview: Tonbridge Angels (H)

Match Preview: Tonbridge Angels (H)

As the Beavers prepare to enter the final month of gruelling National League South Season, they'll be looking to gain another three points at home this Good Friday to maintain their play-off position.

Where They Stand

After a topsy-turvey week which saw Mel Gwinnett's side win at home to Hemel, draw with Welling, and suffer defeat away at Torquay, the TW12 side will know they need to regain their momentum to waive off gathering threats from below, such as St Albans, Farnborough and Aveley, and push on in the hopes of a top three finish.

Hampton & Richmond have four home games remaining, and three away fixtures to fulfil by April 20. In their favour, they still have a game in hand on Braintree in third, who are a point clear, and two games in hand on Chelmsford in second, who have a nine-point cushion.

National League South League Table At Start of Matchday

Position Games Played Team Points
2 41 Chelmsford City


3 39 Braintree Town 68
4 38 Hampton & Richmond 67
5 39 Maidstone 67
6 38 Worthing 66

Tonbridge Angels, meanwhile, sit comfortably in thirteenth, perhaps already looking ahead to next season. The angels have had several bright moments this season, but ultimately have not been able to generate the consistency to challenge for the top seven, whilst also never being in danger of slipping into the bottom four. With three wins in their last five, Tonbridge will be hoping to halt Hampton & Richmond at home and add another scalp to their collection.

Tonbridge Angels' Last Five Results

Truro City (H) 2-1 (W)
Torquay United (H) 4-1 (W)
Aveley (A) 2-1 (L)
Havant & Waterlooville (A) 2-2 (D)
Eastbourne Borough (H) 2-0 (W)


Last Time Out

Hampton & Richmond were held to their first 0-0 draw of the season at Longmead Stadium. Both teams had opportunities to steal the points but ultimately it was not to be for either side, as the beavers went seven unbeaten in the league.

Tonbridge Angels controlled much of the possession for the 90 minutes, looking very adept at moving the ball quickly from side to side in order to exploit space out wide. Tariq Hinds was a particular standout, earning man of the match with plenty of flair and skill down the right wing. However, the hosts were limited to only a handful of memorable chances, with Adam Desbois enjoying one of his more comfier nights. Luis Fernandez and Dean Inman, who will be unavailable for Maidstone due to the suspension picked up at Dover, were calm and collected in the box, repelling most crosses with relative ease.

The Beavers looked dangerous when they did win the ball back, with Connor Kurran-Browne disappointed with his tame effort after stealing the ball high up the field and charging towards goal. At the end of the first half, Jake Gray had a long range effort parried by the Tonbridge goalkeeper into the path of Dean Inman, who was caught by surprise and unable to direct his shot.

In the second half, George Hunt almost made an immediate impact off the bench, getting on the end of Ben Seymour's clever cut back inside the box. His first effort was saved, with the second being blazed over the bar.

Alfy Whittingham and Ben Seymour produced half chances from difficult angles, but ultimately the game felt like it had 0-0 written on it for most of the second half.

Fixture History

The Beavers and The Angels are certainly no strangers to one another, having faced off no less than 22 times since 1991. Last season was certainly a tale of two halves, with Hampton & Richmond cruising to a 4-1 win at Longmead in August, whilst Tonbridge secured a 1-0 win at the Bev in March last year after two, yes two, penalties were missed by the TW12 side.

The Beavers have beaten the Angels on five occasions, with a sharing of the points being the most common outcome, occurring nine times. The two sides are neck and neck on 28 goals each in this fixture.


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