Town were knocked out of the FA Trophy yesterday afternoon going down 0-2 to Ryman Premier Tonbridge Angels. For this years exit read last years Trophy defeat at Concord Rangers in that Town weren't at their very best, had a few influential players missing and didn't really work the opposing goalkeeper with a decent effort on target. Adam Wallace's shot in the first half which was comfortably saved was the only one I can remember.
Tonbridge is a delightful town to visit (I can vouch that it's a long but very pleasurable trek from the railway station to the ground past numerous inviting watering holes) and Angels Longmeadow Stadium has to be one of the best in the Ryman Premier with lots of room to expand if they need to. Their supporters made Town's travelling fans feel very welcome and it was a good day out all round bar the result. *the cold end apologies for lack of photos or footage this week but my camera is not feeling very well...hopefully it'll be back up and running soon* Tonbridge have their own camera man so hopefully some highlights will follow in due course.
It wasn't all doom and gloom going down to a side bang in form from the league above as Town showed some decent play at times but it was Angels whom I'm sure must have played much better this season as well (evidently all reports back to Steve Newing prior to the game was that Angels were one of the best teams in the Ryman Premier) who scored two first half goals to go through to the third qualifying round.
The goals came from Sonny Miles on 30 minutes and crucially in injury time at the end of the first half from Danny Walder. Taking nothing away from Angels who well deserved their win but both were scrappy goals to concede which summed Town's day up really.
The cold end sends good luck to Tommy Warrilow and his team in the next round and predicts the Angels will be right up in the thick of things in the Premier Division at the business end of the season so to lose on their patch wasn't all that bad.
Centre back Ben Judge stood out for the cold end today in the Angels line up. He looked very composed, experienced and didn't put a foot wrong. It's no surprise that since he and midfielder Chris Piper along with Rory Hill joined from Croydon Athletic at the beginning of October they are unbeaten in all matches. Pacey forward Claude Seanla (who also signed at the beginning of October started his career at Tottenham and has also turned out for Watford, Barnet, Kettering Town and Boreham Wood amongst others) also stood out going forward with Jay May leading the line well for the home side.
For Town, Dave Kendall in for Mark Kirby at centre-back had a decent game along with Bomber in goal.
Nobody likes losing and I know Steve Newing is definitely not a fan so he'll have the lads well fired up for the Potters Bar Town home game on Tuesday night which will be another really difficult game as The Scholars young side underlined their good form of late by beating Heybridge Swifts yesterday afternoon. Since the beginning of September they have won six, drawn three and lost only (narrowly 0-1 to Cheshunt) one game in ten league games.
Town now have a run of seven important league games in November the results of which could shape how the season pans out. We face Potters Bar Town (home and away), Wingate and Finchley (home), Leyton (home), Maldon and Tiptree (home), Grays Athletic (away) and Heybridge Swifts (home) before going to Needham Meerkat at the beginning of December.
COME ON TOWN!!!