Tonbridge Angels 2 Lowestoft Town 2

SPOT ON Xavier Vidal opened the scoring with a penalty

TWO evenly matched sides had to settle for a draw which did little for either’s slim play-off hopes in the Bostik League Premier.

But it was Tonbridge Angels who came away disappointed after going 2-0 up inside 12 minutes.

It was a dream start for the hosts. After three minutes they were awarded a penalty when goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski brought down Alex Akrofi, Xavier Vidal converting.

And after 12 minutes Dan Bennett’s pass put in Joe Turner, who steered his shot accurately past Dudzinski to double the home side’s advantage.

There was an unfortunate clash of heads involving Jack Parter and Lowestoft’s Daniel Humphries which stopped play for eight minutes.

Humphries had to be substituted while the heavily bandaged Parter was able to continue. But it was the away side who made the enforced break work to their advantage.

Moving the ball around well they pulled a goal back just before half-time through Harvey Hodd.

Lowestoft continued to dominate in the second half and the equaliser was fully deserved, Shaun Ramment setting up Nico Cotton on 74 minutes.

It looked as if the Suffolk side might go on and take all the points but the introduction of Nathan Elder gave the Angels more bite up front.

Half–chances fell to Bennett, Akrofi and Elder but they could not find a winner.

Angels manager Steve McKimm said: “Of course you have to be disappointed not to win when you go two up in the first 12 minutes at home.

“We didn’t keep the ball well enough and that allowed them to gain in confidence, and to be fair they are a good side.

“That said, I thought we finished the game on top and had chances to grab the winner.”

Now Tonbridge travel to Leatherhead, who are one place above them in 10th, on Saturday (January 13, kick-off 3pm).

The home game against Billericay Town, scheduled for New Year’s Day but postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, has been rearranged for Tuesday March 13.