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Tonbridge Angels assistant manager Barry Moore aiming to finish outside bottom four

Tonbridge are effectively safe in National League South but there’s still something to play for.

Angels are nine points clear of bottom side Billericay with three games to play and a vastly superior goal difference.

Barry Moore with Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm Picture: Dave Couldridge
Barry Moore with Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm Picture: Dave Couldridge

With only one side going down this season, it’s eased the pressure on those scrapping for survival.

But it won’t always be like that and Tonbridge want to climb at least one place to get themselves out of the bottom four - the number of teams who would normally be relegated.

A win at Bath on Saturday would move them up to fifth from bottom, with Angels hosting Eastbourne in their penultimate match on Bank Holiday Monday.

“I suppose we’re safe, if not mathematically, but we still want to win as many of these last three games as possible and creep above Chelmsford and Bath in the table,” said assistant manager Barry Moore.

“That would keep us outside the bottom four which in any other season would mean relegation.”

Tonbridge lost 1-0 at home to third-placed Ebbsfleet last weekend.

Moore once again liked the look of Fleet, who were 5-1 winners when the sides met on the opening weekend.

“We were up against a very good side in Ebbsfleet,” said Moore. “Over two games I think they’re the best team we’ve played. They’ve got quality all over.

“That first game of the season was one of the best performances I’ve seen from a side outside the Conference National in years. They were unbelievable on the day.”

Fleet, though, will have to go up via the play-offs, while Maidstone are in pole position to win the league, sitting four points clear of Dorking, the only side who can pip them.

Moore added: “I think the difference between Maidstone and Ebbsfleet is Maidstone can do both sides of the game.

“Ebbsfleet are a fantastic footballing side and Maidstone have got players who play but they also mix it up and go direct if they have to. They’re both good sides.”

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