The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By Jim Rowe

DE­SPITE los­ing Craig Stone to in­jury af­ter just four min­utes and hav­ing to re­or­gan­ise their de­fence, Ton­bridge had much the bet­ter of the first half.

Chances fell to Sam Bantick in the third minute, Alex Akrofi af­ter 15 min­utes and fi­nally the open­ing goal af­ter 27 min­utes fol­low­ing a great move with Joe Turner scor­ing.

De­spite three chances for Met Po­lice fall­ing to Lloyd Mack­lin it was the An­gels who con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate with fur­ther chances for Turner and Bantick.

In terms of goal­mouth ac­tion it was a qui­eter sec­ond half but the home side had a con­fi­dence about their play de­spite hav­ing to field a num­ber of their younger play­ers due to in­jury and bud­get cuts. That con­fi­dence was con­firmed in the 51st minute when teenager Liam Smith stole round the back of the Met Po­lice de­fence to plant a header from Turner’s cor­ner to claim the all im­por­tant sec­ond goal.

With the two-goal cush­ion the home side were com­fort­able and it wasn’t un­til stop­page time that the Po­lice showed why they are po­ten­tial play-off con­tenders, with sub­sti­tute Ryan My­ers and Jay Gas­son at­tempt­ing to claim a con­so­la­tion goal but it was in vain.

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