Erith Town

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 15:00
Culverden Stadium
Tunbridge Wells FC
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Erith Town

Chris Seenan was the hero as Tunbridge Wells made it two league wins on the spin, beating Erith Town 3-1 at Culverden this afternoon.

The clinical marksman starred as Wells comfortably saw off Erith in an assured display.

Wells started superbly, reacting first to every loose ball and they deservedly led after six minutes. Basit Ajala's cross was missed by Ryan Crandley but Chris Seenan was on hand to fire home from close range.

It was one-way traffic for the opening 15 minutes and they went close again soon after their goal. Seenan, who was well up for it, won a flick, Crandley took it on first time, but Joe Hagan saved his powerful shot. Seenan went close to a second soon after, when Erith failed to deal with Tom Davey's free-kick, but the striker's shot on the turn was blocked on the line.

Erith had offered nothing, but nearly pulled level on 16 minutes, Luke Coleman's free-kick cannoning off the post. And suddenly the visitors were in the ascendancy, with Wells not able to get a grip on things and their two wingers playing too far up the pitch

Ola Rabiu, Damian Ramsamy and Aaron Jeffrey all went close before Erith finally pulled level on 32 minutes. Wells failed to deal with a long punt forward, Jeffrey got goal side of Jack Howlett and raced into the box. Howlett and Davey battled to get back, but the Erith number nine went over under the challenge and the referee pointed to the spot. The penalty being given, the only surprise was to see just a yellow card brandished to Howlett. Coleman duly slotted home the spot-kick.
Erith nearly took the lead on 37 minutes, but Steve Lawrence saved well low to his left to deny Ramsamy.

It was the hosts, however, that went into half-time in front. Crandley won a free-kick 25 yards out that Davey bent around the wall, only to see it hit the post. The ball came out to Seenan, who reacted quickest to score his second.

Wells were nearly 3-1 up at the break. Crandley led the charge, but Ajala went for glory, rather than trying to pick out one of three team-mates in the box and his shot flew over.

It didn't take Wells long to kill off the game in the second period. Seenan missed a great chance to get his third seconds after the restart, his miss-hit effort being half cleared before substitute Ian Parsons blazed over. However, Seenan was not to be denied his hat-trick and on 51 minutes he raced through and finished superbly, firing past Hagan and in off the post to make it 3-1 to the hosts.

Erith, Ramsamy aside, were poor after the break, and Wells should really have had a couple more. Lively substitute Charlie Cornford had several chances, as did Joe Nwoko, while on another day Crandley could have had three himself, being denied by Hagan on more than one occasion.

Report Courtesy of Glenn Garrett

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