Angels face fall-out from heavy defeat

    Tonbridge v Wingate
    Picture by Martin Addison

    Wingate & Finchley 4-0 Tonbridge

    By Jim Rowe

    A heavy defeat at Wingate & Finchley left a depleted Tonbridge Angels with five of the team’s senior players out with injuries.

    Manager Steve McKimm said the defeat was down to the team failing to take their chances and revealed he held them back for a 45-minute team talk afterwards.

    Wingate’s left winger Rob Laney set up the opening goal after 36 minutes with a cross to Luke Ifel, who slotted home neatly.

    The game started to slip away just four minutes into the second half. Tommy Tejan-Sie slid a fine ball through to Steve Wales, who doubled the home side’s lead.

    Despite plenty of possession Tonbridge were unable to match their opponents, but Tom Phipp headed just over and Damian Scannell’s shot produced a fine save by keeper Shane Gore.

    But it wasn’t enough, and on 78 minutes substitute Reece Beckles produced an audacious lob to round off a key run.

    Then deep into stoppage time Jerrome Sobers conceded a penalty to complete a miserable afternoon for the Angels.