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The Vanarama National League South
2nd
37pts

Slough held by Tonbridge at Arbour Park

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Att: 771
Slough Town
0 - 0
Tonbridge Angels
Josh Jackman
Slough’s home winning run was brought to an end by a stubborn Tonbridge Angels at Arbour Park, with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Both sides had chances in a tight affair but, overall, the Angels will be the happier of the two sides.

Slough dominated the first half but could not find a way through before Tonbridge improved and had some excellent chances to take all three points only for some brave defending and poor finishing to deny them.

Slough could have opened the scoring within the first ten minutes as Max Worsfold delivered a stunning ball into the area that was met by Mark Nisbet, but he couldn’t keep his header down and in the process was clattered by Tonbridge goalkeeper Jonathan Henly. This collision forced Nisbet off later in the half.

Slough then grew into the game and began dominating possession and found a lot of joy down the left with Worsfold causing James Folkes all sorts of problems.

One breakaway saw Worsfold get to the byline and deliver a ball that was inches away from finding Warren Harris.

Then moments later, the same combination almost delivered a goal, but Harris couldn’t direct his effort on target.

On the half-hour mark, Slough showed how devastating they could be on the break.

Tonbridge gave the ball away deep in our half, and Worsfold burst past three defenders and fed the ball to Dan Roberts – who flashed a beautiful ball across the box that was intercepted by Rian Bray before it could reach a Slough shirt.

Despite dominating the first half, Slough could have fallen behind on the cusp of half-time as Tom Derry lashed an effort just wide of the far post with the last kick of the half.

George Wells was replaced at half-time with a neck injury, and that meant that Josh Jackman went to left-back, and Sean Fraser moved to right-back. The substitute, Francis Amartey joined the attack.

Slough started the second half well, and some great work by Harris found Matt Lench, who drove a fierce effort just over the bar from 25-yards out with Henly stranded.

However, just five minutes later, and Slough had an even better chance to score.

Amartey managed to find some space in the box, and from about 12-yards, he fired an effort wide of the far post – he really should have scored, and Slough were nearly punished soon after.

From that attack, Tonbridge broke down the pitch, and Derry met a low cross that he skied over the bar.

This signalled a slight shift in momentum, and the Angels were denied a certain goal just a few minutes later.

Ben Greenhalgh hit a goal-bound effort from the middle of the box, but a heroic block by Lee Togwell denied the Angels.

There was then some controversy as Christ Tiehi brutally brought down Lench with a vicious tackle that the referee deemed was only worthy of a yellow card when many in Arbour Park thought it should have been a red.

The game then petered out, but not before Lee Togwell had a chance to win it for Slough. A corner from Worsfold dropped at the feet of the centre-back, who rifled an effort at goal that Henly superbly stopped at his near post.

This was the final chance for either side, and Slough must reflect on a missed opportunity.

Report: Jack Cunningham
Image: Philip Benton

Tonbridge Angels Line up

Jonathan Henly, James Folkes, Jack Parter, Christ Tiehi, Sonny Miles (c), Rian Bray, Jared Small, D'Sean Theobalds, Tom Derry, Ben Greenhalgh, Joe Turner. Substitutes: Jason Williams, Harry Donovan, Alex Bentley, Tommie Hession-Harris, Edward McDonald.

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