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Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm hopes Hereford FA Cup clash brings in a big crowd

Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm believes it’s too early to say whether Tonbridge and Leiston will battle it out at the top all season.

He said: “It all depends. You never know with injuries and suspensions and difficult pitches.

“There’s a long, long way to go. I wouldn’t like to make predictions at this stage.”

Angels face two away games in four days, with trips to fifth-placed Bognor on Saturday and struggling Merstham on Tuesday.

Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm Picture: Matthew Walker
Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm Picture: Matthew Walker

There’s excitement away from the league, with Tonbridge through to the FA Cup third qualifying round after a 3-0 win at Wingate & Finchley last weekend.

On-loan Sutton striker Craig Dundas – given permission to play – scored in either half, with Nathan Elder adding a late third as Angels secured £4,500 in prize money.

Angels will host former Football League club Hereford in the next round on October 1.

The Bulls are working their way up after going bust and sit top of Southern League Division 1 South & West.

McKimm said: “They remind me of AFC Wimbledon. They’ve reformed, they’re a well-supported club who are still getting 1,500-2,000 in the league they’re in now.

“I’d like to think they’ll bring a few next week. If they brought 400-500, it could help get the crowd into four figures.”

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