Tonbridge Angels

Saturday 29th January -Ryman Premier
Tonbridge Angels 3 v Lowestoft Town 3
Gate : £10
Atten: 621  
Ground:Very tidy ground.One of the best in this league 6/10
Food: Cheese burger with onions £2.60, and a cup of tomato soup 80p & Coffee 80p
Match Enjoyment: match of the day in this league, two strong teams, decent end to end game with a good standard of skill. 7/10.

Vid of Tonbridge's 1st goal ..

I had been to Longmead Stadium a few years ago but not with my camera. I remember it as quite a decent little stadium for the level they are playing in. Today it was The Angels v The Trawlermen.

I dont mean the Trawlermen from TV fame , these ones are from Lowestoft and by all acounts they were a pretty decent outfit. Having run away with last seasons Ryman North Division i was very much looking forward to seeing them in the flesh. Having only conceded before today only nine league goals all season they was obviously  decent.

A healthy crowd had formed for this Ryman Match of the day. Lowestoft had a good following as well.
The game started and was an even affair for the first 15 minutes and they suddenly Tonbridge were presented with a soft goal, suprising considering Lowestoft's proud defensive record. Then within a 20 minute spell they were 3-0 down ! Tonbride were blowing them away with quick movement and very well taken goals. Movements and patterns of play obviously practiced on the training pitch. It was all one way traffic, a twenty minute spell of wave after wave of blue attacks and the Trawler men were all at Sea !!

Then just before half time Lowestoft scored a bizarre goal from 45 yards !. They had a free kick , as they took it every Tonbridge player pushed up trying to play them offside - but the ball went over every ones head , including the goalies into the back of the net ! . Suddenly the whole ground went silent as a linesman's flag was half expected but it didnt come and it was now 3-1. It had been a very good first half and i needed some refreshment .... Sweet Chilli flavour nuts 

 Lowestoft came out in the second half and started well. Decent build up play with no end product until seven minutes from time a well taken headed goal after some decent wing play by the new signing from Corby.
Then Tonbridge started to panic and some bad tackles were a result of this. Then two minutes from time a corner came over and Lowestoft scored a headed equaliser and the comeback was complete.

Longmead Stadium - nice ground


  1. Nice pictures. Looks an interesting ground, one of the longest covered stands I've seen at non league level.

  2. The ground is not bad at all for that level and is by all accounts one of the better Ryman League grounds. I think it is quite rare for a stand to go the whole length of the pitch at this level.
    The football was decent also !