Played on loan for Chelmsford and Hampton last season, 6 National South appearances for each, so at least he's familiar with the level and style of football.Ashley Maynard-Brewer in goal today - young Australian keeper from Charlton, presumably on loan whilst Preston and Grainger recover?
I recall shouting something like that myself at Welling this time last year.Listening to the radio commentary and a minute ago you could hear a Tonbridge fan shout 'Ijaha you are not the referee'
From the sounds of it we might be hearing a lot of that this season haha
Without over-analysing it, Tonbridge are, at this moment, a poor side at this level. Good time to play them because they can only get better. We'd have beaten them with last season's squad undoubtedly. But you can only beat what's put in front of you etc.Feisty game, strong performance and and excellent result.
Maynard Brewer - solid between the post, nothing he could do about the pen
Quade Taylor - sent off in the 13th minute, didn’t see it but sounds like a last man red card, shame for him
Barnes, Orlu, Connors - all excellent and didn’t seem fazed by the dismissal of Taylor, all defended well and still offered a threat up front, especially Connors who should have had a penalty for a surging run into the box and was clipped just inside the box
Monlouis, Smith - worked well to bring our attackers into the game, closed down the opposition and stopped Tonbridge dominating when they went a man up with clever positioning, kept a good shape, made some important tackles
Ijaha - BEAST. Did everything. Great passing. Greater tackles. Monster runs through the middle. Scored a brilliant header. Lead the team. I think he likes it when the opposition sing his name.
Clunis, Mills, Monakana - all lead the line very well despite not getting much service. Clunis and Monakana looked hungry when out of possession, chasing everything and working hard for their team. Balls into the box are getting better, still need someone to put them in the back of the net. Mills is quality, again winning everything against the Tonbridge CB’s.
Ref - some things never change...
Overall we managed the game exceptionally well considering we went a man down. The team looks vastly improved, we still have a few first team players out injured. We looked better after Quade was sent off, Tonbridge looked better when they had their keeper sent off. What a start to the season! Roll on Tuesday!
When you get to shit house Tommy Brewer it's all good.Did well today. Mills and Ijaha were exceptional, as was Barnes. Strangely enough, we looked better when we were playing against eleven men - as soon as they put their right back in goal we didn't threaten at all. That said, we had been playing for about fifty minutes with ten men, so we may have been out of puff.
We looked streetwise. I often feel that Gavin Rose sides buckle in feisty encounters, but we did the opposite today. Tonbridge were the ones who looked frustrated, unable to cope with the physicality of Mills, Ijaha and Smith.
Thought the keeper did well and made a couple of decent catches/saves. Interesting to see Lewis White come on as well. Hope he gets a decent chance soon. Have to say, I'm very underwhelmed by Yussuff. He came on today and looked anonymous. I haven't seen anything yet that makes me think he's better than or even as good as Dipo.
We've got a frightening amount of players out at the moment: Vose, Chapman, Edwards, Grainger, Tajbakhsh, Hunte, Gnahore, and now Taylor. I was told today that Terrique Anderson is still around too, but is also injured. Wealdstone is going to be a tough one on Tuesday - a real test of not only our starting XI, but of the lads on the bench too.
Unless the regulations have changed Taylor will be available on Tuesday but serves a one match ban next Saturday. Concussion protocols mean Grainger is still unavailable on Tuesday but should be back next Saturday.We've got a frightening amount of players out at the moment: Vose, Chapman, Edwards, Grainger, Tajbakhsh, Hunte, Gnahore, and now Taylor. I was told today that Terrique Anderson is still around too, but is also injured. Wealdstone is going to be a tough one on Tuesday - a real test of not only our starting XI, but of the lads on the bench too.