Erith & Belvedere

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 15:00
Culverden Stadium
Tunbridge Wells FC
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Erith & Belvedere
Alfie Hall

There was heartache for a much-improved Tunbridge Wells as Erith & Belvedere struck late in the day to deny them all three points this afternoon.

Jason Bourne's Wells thought they were on course for a much-needed victory when Alwayne Jones scored his second of the afternoon on 67 minutes to make it 2-1 at Cuvlerden. But with the clock ticking down Deres' substitute James Pinnock headed home a free-kick to grab a share of the spoils.

It was tough on Wells who were a million miles away from the side that surrendered at home against AFC Croydon Athletic a fortnight ago. For the first time this season Bourne was able to field the same starting XI as last time out – a 2-1 loss at Beckenham – and that continuity helped matters.

They didn't get off to the best of starts, Basit Ajala adjudged to have caught Romario Hart, who went down in the box inside two minutes. The referee pointed to the spot for a soft penalty and Ashley Robinson scored the spot-kick to give the in-form Deres the lead.

But Wells showed good character to come back. Tom Davey was outstanding at the heart of the defence, both full-backs impressed, while Dane Moore was a bundle of energy in the centre of the park. In attack, Jones and Ryan Crandley were a handful, while out wide Ajala's pace and trickery caused the visitors all sorts of problems in the first 45 minutes.

One lovely move saw Moore play through Crandley, he stood up a cross, but it was just too high for Jones.

Wells pulled level on 23 minutes. Ajala made it with some wonderful play on the right, his pass found Jones who was tripped as he received the ball, but he played on and eventually bundled the ball home.

In tough, windy conditions, the visitors were far from out of the game, with Denzel Gayle getting plenty of joy down their left. An amazing block from Kieran Tarbie denied the aforementioned Gayle a certain goal, while at the end of the half Steve Lawrence pulled off two fine saves from Gayle and Diego Da Silva.

Wells have been poor in second halves this season but had their tails up with the wind at their backs. Jack Howlett saw a shot blocked on the line, while substitute Lee Radford almost had an immediate impact, forcing Ashley Bourne into a sharp stop.

At the other end, Hart was proving a menace, he made a great chance that Daniel Stewart wasted, before missing one of his own.

Wells took the lead on 67 minutes. Davey swung over a deep cross and Jones powered home a header at the far post. Bourne's side looked like holding on until the death. A soft free-kick was given for handball, Da Silva delivered it and Pinnock headed home.

Report By Glenn Garrett KS Courier

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