Stones show grit to grind out the win
PUBLISHED: 16:16 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010
GREG NGOYI was back to his best as Wealdstone returned to winning ways in the Ryman League Premier Division with a narrow win over Tonbridge on Saturday. With Wealdstone holding games in hand on the sides around them, Ngoyi struck twice at Longmead Stadiu
GREG NGOYI was back to his best as Wealdstone returned to winning ways in the Ryman League Premier Division with a narrow win over Tonbridge on Saturday.
With Wealdstone holding games in hand on the sides around them, Ngoyi struck twice at Longmead Stadium to reignite their play-off hopes and dull the double disappointment of their two recent cup exits.
The visitors were up for the fight from the first whistle, with Danny Spendlove shooting off target after only a few minutes, and Ngoyi having a shot charged down.
The first half quickly became a one-sided affair, with the ball-winning pairing of Chris O'Leary and Ryan Ashe stifling Tonbridge and wrestling control of the game for Wealdstone.
Marvin McCoy was causing problems for the Angels' defence with his electric pace and skill, and on 23 minutes his cross was headed just over the bar, but the opening goal soon followed.
The home crowd was stunned five minutes later when Lee Chappell's cross eluded everyone in the box, and seemed to catch the faintest touch from Ngoyi to end up in the net.
Within a minute, it was 2-0 and this time Chappell was the scorer. With the hosts' defence caught cold, he found himself in space and smashed home from close range.
The glut of goals continued immediately after the interval, but this time it was Wealdstone keeper Luke Woods picking the ball out of his net after Carl Rook's header flashed past him to halve the lead.
That was the cue for a spell of intense Tonbridge pressure but Stones, led by the defensive composure of Alan Massey and Darren Locke, dug in to preserve their slender lead.
Forced to play on the counter-attack, Wealdstone still looked dangerous when they did venture forward, and Mark E'Beyer went desperately close with a vicious shot which was palmed away for a corner.
And it was from that corner that the Stones finally made the game safe with their third goal of the afternoon, with Ngoye rising to flick a header past the goalkeeper to put an end to the Tonbridge fightback.
The Angels pulled a goal back in the closing stages, but Stones hung on to record a welcome win on the back of an excellent all-round performance.
Wealdstone: Woods, Protheroe, Chappell, Locke, Massey, Ashe, McCoy, O'Leary, Spendlove, Ngoyi, E'Beyer. Subs used: Martin, Mpi, Corcoran.
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