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Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm explains why he won't be relying on others to stay up in National League South this season

Manager Steve McKimm has no intention of relying on others as Tonbridge pursue National South safety.

Tonbridge boosted their survival push with a 2-0 home win over Chippenham last weekend.

Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm Picture: Dave Couldridge
Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm Picture: Dave Couldridge

It was a third match unbeaten, following draws with Braintree and Concord, and preserved their four-point advantage over bottom side Billericay, who also won.

Tommy Wood and Adam Coombes scored the goals for an Angels side who visit Hemel Hempstead this Saturday.

Teams around them also won but it's all about what Tonbridge do.

“Chippenham are a good side, they play good stuff but we managed the game better than they did and deservedly won,” said McKimm.

“It could have been three or four but I don’t want to be greedy.

“I’d like to have another five or six points on the board, to make the run-in a little bit easier, or not as nerve-racking, but we are where we are.

“Four of the bottom five won, which put added pressure on everyone, but we’re getting to the nitty-gritty side of it now and you have to stand up and be counted or you’re found wanting.

“The boys are doing that and long may it continue. If you start relying on other teams, then we don’t believe we’re good enough, but I do believe we’re good enough.”

Recent signing Teddy Perkins produced a man-of-the-match performance in the back three.

His form means Harry Hudson will have to bide his time to get back in the side after he completed a three-match ban.

“Teddy did really well on Saturday,” said McKimm. “He started off strong and grew as the game went on. So far he looks a good addition.

“Harry knows he was unfortunate to lose his place due to the sending-off, we had to get someone else in and Teddy’s grabbed his chance with both hands.

“We’ve got four good centre-halves now, fighting for two or three places, depending which system we go with.”

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