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Tonbridge Angels clinch dramatic promotion

Tommy Warrilow
Tommy Warrilow took over at Tonbridge in November 2007

Tonbridge Angels have won promotion from the Ryman Premier Division after a dramatic play-off win over Lowestoft.

They beat the Suffolk outfit 4-3 to climb into Blue Square Bet South for the first time in their history.

The Angels lost a 3-1 lead and were level at 3-3 before Lewis Taylor's 80th-minute winner.

Manager Tommy Warrilow told BBC Radio Kent: "We never do it the easy way, I can't explain how it feels, I'm just going to really enjoy this moment."

Tonbridge, who lost a two-goal lead in the semi-final before winning in extra time, led 2-0 through early goals from Ade Olurunda and a deflected Danny Walder free-kick.

Lowestoft pulled one back but Walder restored the two-goal advantage just before half time from the penalty spot.

Andrew Cave-Brown and Lubomir Guentchev netted in the second half to bring the scores level before Taylor wrote his name in Angels folklore with the winner.

Warrilow said: "Conference South football was the target, we had this five-year plan which everyone was laughing and joking about when we had a bad start.

"If we had the side I had now for the whole of the season we would have run Sutton (Ryman League champions) closer but I'm not going to drag that up now.

"I'll chat to the board about the budget. We wanted to get there first. I want to keep some of the players here and freshen it up with a few new faces.

"I won't sleep tonight, I just want to take it all in. The boys are buzzing, it's been a good day. When that whistle went I can't explain the feeling."

Olurunda, who scored the winning goal in the semi-final against Harrow and the first goal in the final, said: "Tom and all the lads have put so much into it. We're buzzing, it hasn't hit us."

Tonbridge will join local neighbours Dover Athletic, Dartford, Bromley and Welling United in Blue Square Bet South next season. They could also play Ebbsfleet United if they fail to win promotion to Blue Square Bet Premier through the play-offs.



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