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Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm hails 12th man scheme as fans fund loan signing of Ben Greenhalgh from Dartford

Tonbridge's 12th man scheme has come up trumps again with the signing of Ben Greenhalgh.

The former Maidstone forward has joined on an initial one-month loan from National League South rivals Dartford.

Ben Greenhalgh has joined Tonbridge on loan from Dartford Picture: Andy Jones
Ben Greenhalgh has joined Tonbridge on loan from Dartford Picture: Andy Jones

He played in a 2-2 friendly draw at Sheppey on Tuesday night and is set to make his competitive debut at home to fellow strugglers St Albans on Saturday.

Last season, fans clubbed together to sign Tom Derry and it was his goal that clinched promotion in the super play-off final.

They'll be hoping their latest acquisition can help Angels off the foot of the table.

Manager Steve McKimm said: "The 12th man scheme has been absolutely brilliant.

"Everyone works so hard for it, we've had golf days and done a lot of stuff.

"It's allowed us to get a player of Ben's quality in so once again it proves worthwhile.

"He wasn't getting game-time at Dartford and they were looking to get him out for a month.

"He's played a lot of games at this level and is someone who can make a difference.

"We've needed to strengthen the squad, whether it's loan signings or permanent signings, especially with the busy Christmas period coming up.

"I know you can only play 11 players and three subs but we've fallen short when we've had niggles and haven't had the bodies to make changes."

Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm Picture: David Couldridge
Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm Picture: David Couldridge

Last weekend's bottom-of-the-table match at Hungerford was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Victory would have moved them off the foot and the same applies when they meet St Albans at Longmead.

McKimm said: "They're an established side at this level and they have a very good manager in Ian Allinson.

"Are they in a false position? Like us, probably not because they've not got the points on the board.

"There's obviously something not quite right, like us, but we know it's not going to be easy.

"People can say it's a six-pointer and all that, and it is to an extent, but I looked at the table for the first time in ages and we're only six points off 13th.

"We're not a million miles away but at the same time we are because we need to get those points.

"We're in a bad position but there's light at the end of the tunnel.

"It's always ifs, buts and maybes but we need to string two or three wins together and when we do that we'll start climbing the table."

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