An­gels de­light for Met Po­lice

Egham News - - FOOTBALL -

Ryman Premier Ton­bridge An­gels 0 Met Po­lice 2 A STATE­MENT of in­tent – that is what Jim Cooper is hop­ing his side have fi­nally made after pick­ing up only their sec­ond away win of the cam­paign.

Blues have strug­gled on their trav­els, hav­ing beaten only Win­gate & Finch­ley on Oc­to­ber 21 be­fore this suc­cess, which came cour­tesy of a solid de­fen­sive dis­play and goals from Bradley Hud­son-Odoi and Ryan James ei­ther side of half time.

“It was quite a rare re­sult for us and we were good value for the win,” said Cooper. “I don’t think Ton­bridge can have any com­plaints. We de­fended well when we had to and of­fen­sively we did the right things to make it work for us.”

Blues now sit sixth in the ta­ble and Cooper added: “If we can ad­dress our away form, and hope­fully this is the start, then we can push on into the play-off places.

“I’m quite happy where we are in the ta­ble right now.”

Per­haps a gauge of Met Po­lice’s im­prove­ment could be made by look­ing at their bench, with Nigel Neita, Matt Pat­ti­son, Ricardo Joseph and Charlie Collins all among the sub­sti­tutes.

After an ini­tial hosts’ surge, the ac­tion moved up­field as El­liot Tay­lor made a for­ag­ing run down the right and clipped a cross into the box that was only par­tially punched clear.

The ball fell to Nikki Ahamed on the edge of the box but he lifted his shot over the cor­ner of bar and post.

The Met con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate but spurned sev­eral chances be­fore they struck in the 36th minute.

Will Sal­mon and Ahamed ex­changed a quick one-two on the right edge of the penalty area and when Sal­mon’s cen­tre was met with hes­i­ta­tion in the hosts’ dan­ger zone, Hud­son-Odoi con­trolled, stepped inside and curled a right-footed shot from 16 yards out into the far cor­ner.

The lead was dou­bled a minute after the re-start when Sal­mon lifted a cross to­wards the penalty spot where James ar­rived to nod a loop­ing header into the net.

Most Ton­bridge ef­forts flew straight at Stu­art Searle and Met de­fended res­o­lutely and com­fort­ably after that. And they might have added to their lead once Collins and Pat­ti­son were in­tro­duced for Dean Bown and Ahamed as fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties were cre­ated.

Po­lice travel to East Thur­rock to­mor­row and Cooper added: “We have some im­por­tant games com­ing up. We need to ac­cu­mu­late as many points as pos­si­ble.”

Steve Porter

Open­ing gam­bit: Bradley Hud­son-Odoi sent

Blues on their way with a fine goal.

Terry Hab­good

Matt fin­ish: Matt Baxter scored Mole­sey’s sec­ond.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.