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Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm will tell it as it is

Steve McKimm won't go easy on his Tonbridge side just because they've been promoted.

Angels have started their National League South campaign with back-to-back defeats, losing 2-1 at home to Dulwich on Saturday and 2-0 at Eastbourne on Tuesday.

The first-half performance in midweek disappointed boss McKimm and he didn't shy away from telling his players.

Action from Tonbridge's game against Dulwich Picture: David Couldridge
Action from Tonbridge's game against Dulwich Picture: David Couldridge

He said: "I gave them a stern talking-to at half-time and they gave a better account of themselves in the second half.

"You've got to tell them - 100% - if you're not happy.

"You can't just let things drift.

"We gave them a gameplan to follow and they didn't do it in the first half.

"Second half, they did, and with better finishing we could have got something out of the game.

"The boys are learning to find their feet.

"The amount of chances are minimal at this level and you have to be clinical when you get them.

"That's football. That's how games are won and lost."

Tonbridge visit fellow promoted club Dorking on Saturday.

Wanderers spent heavily to win the Isthmian Premier and have won both games so far this season.

Angels goalkeeper Jonny Henly serves a one-game ban after being sent off against Dulwich but is out with a shoulder injury anyway.

Myles Roberts signed on loan from Reading as cover, making his debut at Eastbourne.

McKimm said: "We think it's ligament damage with Jonny. We're hoping he's only out for a week or two.

"Myles is someone who came to light from Reading under-23s.

"We had a couple of options and decided to go with him."

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