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Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm on their top-of-the-table clash with Bognor Regis

By Craig Tucker

First meet third at the top of the Bostik Premier this weekend.

Leaders Tonbridge, who boast the league's tightest defence, host Bognor Regis, the division's top scorers.

Nine games into the season, Angels have conceded only five goals while Bognor have scored 26.

Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm Picture: Alan Langley
Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm Picture: Alan Langley

It's set up to be quite a game at Longmead on Saturday.

Angels boss Steve McKimm said: "They've got a lad on loan from Portsmouth (Dan Smith) who's very good and scoring a lot of goals.

"Bognor are Bognor. They're always a good passing side, they're always good on the eye and they always score goals.

"It's our job to stop them scoring and to score ourselves at the other end.

"It should be a good game, an exciting game to watch.

"When teams play each other you look at strengths and weaknesses but it's mainly about yourselves, so I'm sure they'll be coming here confident they will score goals."

Craig Stone returns from injury for an Angels side who are four points clear after Tom Parkinson and Joe Turner secured a 2-1 home win over Potters Par on Saturday.

Parkinson is getting back to his best after recovering from a broken ankle.

McKimm said: "He hit a brick wall after the first few games, where he'd been out so long, but he's got a new lease of life and has kicked on again.

"He's a massive part of our team and we missed him last season."

Tonbridge beat Sevenoaks 3-0 in the League Cup first round on Tuesday night.

On-loan Maidstone forward Jack Richards scored twice, with Alex Read also on target.

McKimm said: "I'm pleased for Jack to get a couple of goals.

"He's learning how we do things and how we play and he's bought into it straight away. He's a hardworking lad with a good attitude."

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