Late rally by Towners too late to secure points
By Dean Vale
Towners lose away at Kingstonian. Report by John Dolan
Joe Wight was pronounced fit and returned in goal. Marc Weatherstone was still unfit so Joe Payne joined him at the back with Jay Porter replacing Aaron Greene who was unwell. James Mulley replaced the unlucky Ryan Blackman in the centre of midfield with Josh Davison getting a rare start up front replacing Kezie Ibe who was on the bench accompanied by Bilal Sayoud recalled back from a stint with Hendon.
The K’s started with a swift move straight from the KO that saw Mike Dixon have an angled shot just beat Joe Wright at the far post. The K’s dominated early possession and it took 7 minutes to see the Towners as an attacking force as Mickey Parcell’s determination won a 50/50 tackle that led to a good passing move that ended with a shot from Billy Bricknell from the edge of the box, that was just wide.
A similar passing move after 15 minutes again saw a Mickey Parcell cross to the near post picked up by K’s Keeper Rob Tolfrey. Two good passing moves that showed early promise.
The K’s were looking the more likely without putting the Town defense under much pressure as midfield areas dominated the possession. Then on 30 minutes Aaron Lamont picked the ball around 40 yards out and took a touch and then unleashed an unstoppable dipping swerving effort that flew past Joe Wrights top left corner to give the K’s the lead. Not much you can do about that one but applaud the scorer.
Town took time to react with a piece of head tennis in the K’s area causing K’s problems resulting in a volley from Lewis Taaffe over the bar.
On 38 minutes, Dan Rumens found himself with possession wide left deep in K’s territory and slipped the ball to Billy Bricknell whose hold and then shot on turn was deflected on to the near post, and off for a corner that was met by Sam Youngs whose header was over the bar.
A long diagonal cross from Jay Porter was headed over at the far post by Josh Davison and the half ended with the K’s Alfie Egan volleying over from the edge of the box.
The second half was only 5 minutes old when Dan Rumens lost a 50/50 ball on the edge of his own box to the excellent Delano Sam-Yorke who then had time to look up and volley the ball over the advancing Joe Wright to make it 2-0 to the K’S.
Towners immediately made changes with Sam Chaney coming on for James Mulley. Immediately Lewis Taaffe found himself through on goal and a 1-1 with K’s keeper Rob Tolfrey rushing out and blocking his shot.. A counter attack from the K’s saw a Alfie Egan shot blocked when he should have scored. The returning Bilal Sayoud replaced Josh Davison in the 58th Minute and he brought some vibrancy to the Towners attack.
Another quality cross from Jay Porter on 62nd minute was chested down by Lewis Taaffe , however he scuffed his volley and it was easily claimed by the K’s keeper. The game was now end to end with the Towners chasing and the K’s relying on defending deep and catching Towners on the break. Bilal and Jay were working well together getting crosses in to the box with one cross on 65th minute being tamely headed in the GK’s arms by Billy Bricknell. This was immediately followed by a swift K’s counter attack that caused panic in the Town’s defense as a scramble ended with a volley over the bar.
Towners last substitution came on 67th Minute with Kezie Ibe replacing Lewis Taaffe. Sam Chaney found room to hit a great strike that thudded off the far post with K’s keeper Rob Tolfrey well beaten.
Down the other end and another shot from the dangerous Aaron Lamont was just over.
A shot from Sam Youngs was deflected for a corner and the excellent in swinging corners from Bilal Sayoud was well cleared by the K’s defenders. . Another counter attack and another shot from Mike Dixon was well saved low down by Joe in the Town’s goal. K’s attackers were strong and Delano Sam-Yorke and Mike Dixon caused more havoc when another angled shot was picked up at the near post by Joe Wright.
A K’s free kick was played short to Aaron Lamont who tried another long effort and this was just over the bar. Towners finally pulled a goal back on 76 minutes when a foul on Billy Bricknell wide left level with the penalty area was sent in by Sam Chaney and Dan Rumens met it with a glancing header that beat Rob Tolfrey in the roof of the net
The game continued to be end to end with Kezie Ibe doing well to be strong and keep possession culminating in a couple of corners that firstly was headed wide by Dan Rumens and the second cleared.
A long route one kick from Joe Wright ended with a shot from San Youngs deflected for a corner. Sam met the corner first time with a flick that saw an excellent reaction save over the bar from Rob Tolfey in the K’s goal. The next corner saw a free header blocked on the line and cleared by a desperate K’s defence. It was all Towners now with minutes remaining with another Bilal cross finding Sam Youngs whose shot was again blocked.
Mickey Parcell had to ‘take one for the team’ as the strong Mike Dixon threatened to run clear. Aaron Lamont got a yellow for a desperate lunge to stop Bilal getting in another cross as the clock was ticking down and the referee blew for full time.
The K’s were glad to hear the final whistle and get their first win in 14 games. The Towners were left to rue that if they had played in the first half how they might have finished the game.