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Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm plotting recovery after side hit rock bottom despite eight-goal thriller in National League South

The only way is up for Tonbridge after dropping to the foot of National League South.

They prop up the division for the first time this season despite a stirring fightback in a 4-4 draw with Oxford City last weekend, with Hungerford winning at Braintree.

Sonny Miles in action for Tonbridge during the 4-4 draw with Oxford City Picture: David Couldridge
Sonny Miles in action for Tonbridge during the 4-4 draw with Oxford City Picture: David Couldridge

Two down at half-time, Tom Derry and a D’Sean Theobalds penalty squared the match then Joe Turner put Tonbridge in front with five minutes left.

Oxford made it 3-3 two minutes later and went 4-3 up in added time, only for Turner to salvage a point.

Tonbridge will move off the bottom if they win at Hungerford this Saturday.

Angels boss Steve McKimm said: “It was a crazy game.

“From 2-0 down we showed great grit and determination to get ourselves in front.

“We switched off just after we scored, then I think we got a bit nervy thinking back to the Chelmsford game of a few weeks ago and conceded again.

“We’ve kept going and got ourselves a point.

“It was a rollercoaster of emotions, from being dead and buried at half-time to having three points after 85 minutes, no points after 92 minutes and a point after 94 minutes.

“We got a point and went bottom but that’s the way it is.

“The only way is up now, we can’t go any lower, and we’re striving to get out of that bottom part.

“We’ve played well but good performances don’t necessarily get you points. I’d rather play badly and win.

“The table doesn’t lie at this moment in time – we haven’t been good enough to get the points we need.”

Meanwhile, on-loan midfielder Jack Rudoni has been recalled by AFC Wimbledon.

The youngster made the bench for the Dons’ 1-1 draw with Lincoln in League 1.

McKimm said: “Players like that come out on loan to better themselves and fight their way into the first team.

“He made the bench for them on Saturday and he’s in the squad for the next two games because they’ve got injuries.

“I wish him all the best and I hope he gets on the pitch.

“From a selfish point of view I’d love to have him back but for a kid of 18 to play League 1 football, whether it’s five minutes or one minute, it’s going to be good for the lad’s confidence and progression.

“He’s benefited from his time here.

“He’s a good player and he’s shown in his last two or three games what he’s all about.”

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