Worthing 2 Tonbridge Angels 0

IN THE BOX Nathan Elder was seemingly fouled inside the area PHOTO: David Couldridge

IT WAS another tale of woe for the Angels on their visit to Woodside Road. Last New Year’s Eve it was a story of three penalties that did for Tonbridge; this time another two were awarded to the home side.

Worthing started brightly with three chances in the first five minutes and but then a Joe Turner free kick for the visitors had to be pushed round the post by Lucas Covolan.

The big talking point of the half came in the 31st minute when Covolan rushed from his line and took out Nathan Elder – seemingly in the area. The referee awarded a free kick rather than a penalty, with just a yellow card for the keeper.

After 10 minutes of the second half, Worthing cleverly split the Angels defence and Jack Parter fouled the attacker inside the area, but the penalty was brilliantly saved by Jonny Henly.

The game was decided in a two-minute spell. On 64 minutes Worthing were awarded another penalty following an innocuous coming together in the box.

This time Kieron Pamment made no mistake from the spot, and a minute later with Angels still smarting, their defence simply melted away and Jimmy Wild scored the Rebels’ second.

Angels manager Steve McKimm said: “Quite simply on the day our performance wasn’t good enough. Worthing are an improving side despite their position at the foot of the table and they fully deserved their win.

“We’ve got some difficult games coming up through the Christmas and New Year period but sometimes we play better against the stronger sides and we will have to work on how to get some positive results.”

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