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Tonbridge Angels defender Jack Parter about to become a father as he prepares for super play-off

The phrase 'one last push' has extra significance for Tonbridge left-back Jack Parter.

On the field, Angels are one game away from promotion while Parter’s girlfriend Chloe is due to give birth to their first child later this month.

“I’m hoping for a double celebration in the next couple of weeks,” beamed Parter.

Jack Parter and Tonbridge face Met Police in the super play-off on Saturday Picture: Sean Aidan
Jack Parter and Tonbridge face Met Police in the super play-off on Saturday Picture: Sean Aidan

“I can’t wait for the game next week – and for the baby to come. It’s a little baby girl and I can’t wait.

“I might even score as well so it might be three celebrations!

“One last push and hopefully we can do it. We’ll do everything right this week and try and get a result on Saturday.”

Parter refused to let the drawn-out promotion process this season dampen Tonbridge’s celebrations.

The Bostik Premier play-off winners would earn promotion in any other season, but this time around Angels have to win a super play-off at Met Police on Saturday to secure promotion to National League South.

“You win this, you get a trophy but you still might not get promoted,” said the 25-year-old. “You have to enjoy the celebrations while they are here and that’s what we’re going to do.

“It doesn’t take anything away from it. We’ll just go into Saturday now, concentrate on that one and focus on getting the job done.”

Parter nearly found the net in Monday’s win over Merstham, making a brilliant run forward from left-back before being denied by the keeper as he went through one-on-one.

“I drove inside and thought I’d try to lift it over the keeper like Messi does – but I’m no Messi am I!” he said.

“I should have gone round the keeper but the ball got away from me a bit.

“It would have been unbelievable if I had scored.”

Tonbridge looked more comfortable against Merstham than they did in the second half at Haringey in the play-off semi-final.

While Merstham had plenty of possession, they lacked any penetration and Tonbridge were able to pick them off on the counter-attack.

“Even though they pushed us back they didn’t cause us many problems,” said Parter.

“After the Haringey game the other day we knew it was our time – to get through the second half there, we knew this was our time."

Both sides played the second half of Monday's final with 10 men after Sonny Miles and Oliver Cook were sent off for a clash in the penalty area.

Parter said: “I think the red cards affected us more than them initially. It gave them more time on the ball to pass it around.

"We just had to sit in, soak it up and hit them on the counter. We could have had a couple more goals really.”

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