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Kingstonian 1-2 Tonbridge Angels

A late goal from Anthony Hogg saw Tonbridge Angels beat Kingstonian, further increasing K's relegation worries. Scott Steele reverted to a 4-4-2 formation and recalled Mazin Ahmad to the starting line-up following his impressive display in the Bryco Cup on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Angels had most of the early chances. On 12 minutes Brendon Cass found himself through on goal, but from an awkward angle he could only pull the ball across the face of Nick Hart's goal. Five minutes later he came close again. A stray pass from Luke Muldowney went to John Farley, who teed Cass up only for the Angels striker to fire wide.

Farley menaced again on 26 minutes, when Hart missed his cross, but Leroy Huggins could only head over at the far post. A minute afterwards K's got their first meaningful attack in, but Craig Roser blocked Ahmad's volley for a corner.

It was from this corner that the Angels scored on the counter-attack. Martyn Lee's set piece was cleared to Lenny Piper, who took the ball out of defence. He played an excellent through ball to Huggins, while Lewis Hamilton stood still, with his hand the air appealing in vain for offside. At a slight angle from goal, Huggins unselfishly squared for Cass who atoned for his earlier misses by easily finding the net from close range.

After the interval, K's came out with a much greater sense of purpose and began to control the game. On 52 minutes Nick Humphrey felled Giles Coke on the edge of the area. Ahmad's free kick hit the wall, but Phil Ruggles picked up the rebound and forced a good low save from Jamie Turner.

After having much possession that failed to yield clear-cut chances, K's eventually created themselves one just after the hour mark. Ruggles played a through ball to Giles Coke, and the referee adjudged that Roser had brought the K's midfielder down just inside the box. Unfortunately for K's their 0% record from twelve yards this season was not altered, as Turner made a tremendous low save to tip Ruggles' powerful spotkick round the post.

Jamie Palmer was introduced along with Kenny Ojukwa and the latter made an immediate impression. Following a foul by Steve Dolby on Coke, Ojukwa flicked Lee's free kick into the path of Rob Paris, who bundled the ball in at the far post to equalise in just his second K's appearance.

The 73rd minute saw a controversial moment. Coke tugged at Anthony Hogg's shirt and the Tonbridge midfielder responded by flicking back his hand, catching Coke in the face. While Coke arguably made a meal of the situation, the letter of the law would suggest that Hogg should have been dismissed and when referee Justin Comley sent Coke from the field a minute later to change his bloodstained shirt, he would surely have realised the error of his ways.

Having been fortunate to escape dismissal, ironically it was Hogg who secured the win for Tonbridge on 82 minutes. K's were unable to clear a tricky low cross and Hogg pounced on the loose ball to score with a low drive that cannoned off the inside of Hart's near post.

Cass missed a chance to put the result beyond doubt but squandered a golden opportunity presented to him by Paris slipping over. With three minutes remaining a foul on Ojukwa gave Ruggles the chance to salvage a point, but Turner made another good save from his curling free kick and Tonbridge took all three points back to Kent.

K's day got even bleaker when late substitute Dean Lodge was almost immediately forced to limp off with a serious-looking ankle injury.

Sat 8th Jan 2005
Kingsmeadow Stadium
Isthmian League Premier
Tonbridge Angels2
1Nick HartCautioned
2Lewis Hamilton
3Bashiru Alimi
4Richard Taylor
5Robert Paris
6Giles Coke
7Mazin Ahmad16
8Luke Muldowney15
9Phil Ruggles
10Martyn Lee
11Dave Timothy14
12Scott Steele
14Kenny Ojukwa11
15Jamie Palmer8
16Dean Lodge7
17Alan Hughes
Match Report By
Simon Grier