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March 2000

Tuesday 28th March 2000
Hayes 0-0 Kingstonian
K's Web celebrated its second birthday in freezing conditions and with little action to watch as the first leg of the "other" semi-final ended goalless. An almost total reserve side created few chances, although Lee Boylan played particularly well. With Doncaster winning 1-0 (3-1 on aggregate) against Telford it is certain that the winner of next Tuesday's second leg will face a long trip North.
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Injury updates
Matt Crossley limped off with a thigh strain early on, although he assured us that he would be ready for Saturday. As will Eddie Akuamoah, who again watched from the stands. Sadly, David Leworthy's season is over, as he underwent keyhole surgery on his knee injury yesterday.
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Result round-up
Both Sutton and Woking drew this evening, with Hednesford and Dover respectively, and remain in the bottom three.
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Sutton preview updated
There is now a (longer!) Sutton viewpoint on our preview of the upcoming semi-final with Sutton. Many thanks to Medway Yellow of U's On The Net for his help.
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Meet the Committee
There is to be another "Meet the..." meeting at Kingsmeadow on this coming Thursday. This time we can Meet the Committee. The forum probably won't start before 7.30, so don't be late now.
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Monday 27th March 2000
Sutton preview
There is now a preview of the coming FA Trophy semi-final duel with Sutton available. Hopefully there will be a "Sutton view" soon.
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Sunday 26th March 2000
Dover match report
Reports of own goals at the seaside are entirely true.

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K's Web's second birthday!
Because we forgot yesterday, K's Web will be celebrating its second birthday this coming Tuesday at Hayes. Cake will be served at half-time, but we make no guarantee that there will be enough to go around. Sorry.
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Saturday 25th March 2000
Dover Athletic 0-1 Kingstonian
New signing Amara Simba, ex of Leyton Orient, was heavily involved in creating the own goal which gave K's their first away Conference win since October.
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Result round-up
After 101 days without a league win, Sutton finally ended their run with a two-one victory at Woking, although they still sit at the bottom of the table. Next Tuesday's opponents Hayes beat Forest Green three-nil at home.
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Wednesday 22nd March 2000
Matches re-arranged
The following two games have now had their dates swapped - Altrincham away and Hereford at home. The new dates are:

Thursday April 6th - Hereford United HOME
Thursday April 20th - Altrincham AWAY

Thanks to John Fenwick for letting us know, although he doesn't have any idea why this has happened either...
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Telegraph: Watkins on the mark
From today's Daily Telegraph:

Watkins on the mark by Nicholas Harling

AN APOLOGY of a goal that was entirely in keeping with a game that was dying on its feet enabled John Owens to extend his unbeaten record as manager of England's semi-professional team last night at the Drill Field, home of Northwich Victoria. Dale Watkins beat Dutch goalkeeper Michael Schoemaker in the 88th minute from close-range only because Watkins totally miskicked an inviting cross from Marc McGregor following a left-wing move also involving Kevin McIntyre. Schoemaker had only been tested once before when Watkins surged on to a shrewd pass by Simon Wormull after 75 minutes. England, pinning their faith in square passing when the percentage ball upfield was not on, had seldom moved the sparse crowd of 1,150 from apathy. Watkins, who curled an earlier effort just past the far upright, did at least look a shade sharper than his strike partner Warren Patmore. The Yeovil striker was guilty of England's worst misses from crosses provided by Simon Marples before being substituted.

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Tuesday 21st March 2000
Patterson named as England captain
With the withdrawal of Gary Butterworth from the England semi-pro side Gary Patterson has been named as the new captain for tonight's game.
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Monday 20th March 2000
Steve Wignall takes over at Stevenage
Ex-Colchester manager Steve Wignall has been named as the new Stevenage manager.
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Sunday 19th March 2000
Nuneaton match report
Lee Boylan might be slightly embarrassed to read the report of yesterday's win.
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Saturday 18th March 2000
Kingstonian 2-0 Nuneaton Borough
Two laughable goals, one from Mark Harris and the other from Joe O'Connor (his first league goal), saw K's defeat Nuneaton in front of just 985 people at Kingsmeadow. Both Eddie Saunders and Ian or Leigh (we're not sure which it is) Hendrie made their debuts. Derek Allan was rested as he is one booking away from suspension.
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Result round-up
Both Woking and Sutton remain in the bottom three after defeats at Scarborough and Rushden respectively. Next Saturday's opponents Dover lost two-nil at Morecambe.
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Simon Stewart's groin
Simon Stewart told us that he had an operation on his groin last Thursday and is expecting to be out for four or five weeks. Hopefully he will make it back for the last couple of games of the season.
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Friday 17th March 2000
Several matches re-arranged
The rest of this season's fixtures have been finalised. The following are the matches with new dates:

Thursday April 6th 2000 - Altrincham (A)
Tuesday April 11th 2000 - Yeovil Town (A)
Tuesday April 18th 2000 - Southport (A)
Thursday April 20th 2000 - Hereford United (H)
Wednesday April 26th 2000 - Morecambe (H)

Also, the following dates have been set aside for a possible MacMillan Trophy final - Wednesday May 3rd 2000 and Monday May 8th 2000. You can plan how to use up your annual leave now by looking at the fixtures page. Thanks to "Kingstonian FC" (whoever you are) for posting all of that on the forum.
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Thursday 16th March 2000
FA Trophy result
Kettering beat Bishop Auckland two-nil last night to progress to the other Trophy semi-final with Telford.
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Altrincham v Kingstonian - match postponed
Despite what the fixtures page would have had you believe, the away match with Altrincham, originally scheduled for April 1st, has now been postponed due to the first leg of the Trophy semi-final. Thanks to Ali for pointing out the mistake.
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Two join on loan from Woking
Teletext reports that K's have signed both Ian Hendrie and Eddie Saunders from Woking on a month's loan. They also say that Simon Stewart will be out for the rest of the season, although the Informer says that he still needs a scan on his troublesome groin.
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Farrelly, Pitcher and Patterson keep their England places
Steve Farrelly, Geoff Pitcher and Gary Patterson have all retained their places in the England semi-pro squad for next week's "home" match with Holland. The match will be played at Northwich Victoria on Tuesday March 21st - directions here. If anybody makes it we'd love to hear what happens, so please let us know.
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The K's at Kingston College Football Academy
Both the Guardian and Informer report that K's have set up a Football Academy along with Kingston College, to be known as The K's at Kingston College Football Academy or KsKCFA apparently. They will take in 24 boys and 18 girls and groom them as "stars of tomorrow". Geoff Chapple amusingly said that "it is probably the club's best signing yet". If anybody wants to know more then they can call either Peter Moody at Kingston College on 020 8268 3069 or Chris Richardson at the club on 020 8547 3335.
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Wednesday 15th March 2000
Southport 0-1 Kingstonian
don't tell anyone, but we got in for freeDavid Leworthy scored an 86th minute winner in a superb defensive performance at Haig Avenue last night. A second-half rear-guard action from K's allowed the striker to tap home from a Pitcher corner to send K's into a semi-final meeting with Sutton United who beat Rushden 3-1 last night. The report of the amazing win is ready now.
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NMT semi-final dates confirmed
The dates of the two-legged MacMillan Trophy semi-final have now been set as Tuesday March 28th away (at Hayes) and Tuesday April 4th (at Kingsmeadow). The league game with Southport is now provisionally set for Tuesday April 18th.
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Monday 13th March 2000
FA Trophy semi-final draw
The draw for the semi-finals of the Trophy is as follows, with the games being played on April 1st and April 15th, with the first named teams at home in the first leg:

Sutton United or Rushden & Diamonds v Kingstonian or Southport
Kettering Town or Bishop Auckland v Telford United
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Times report of Kingstonian v Southport
A Times article has been added to our report of the Southport game.
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See other teams' results and attendances
Another new page is ready for your use - Your Team - which lets you see any Conference teams results, attendances or league performance. If you want a laugh on this Monday morning, have a quick look at either of Woking's or Sutton's league progress...
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Sunday 12th March 2000
Southport match report
The report of yesterday's nil-nil draw is now finalised.
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Saturday 11th March 2000
Kingstonian 0-0 Southport
Neither team could make the break-through today, meaning that a replay is required to find out who progresses to the Trophy semi-finals. The game will take place on Tuesday March 14th 2000, kick-off 7.45pm. There will be a Supporters' Club coach going to the game - if you want to be on it call Tim Wells immediately, on 0181 942 9830.
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Southport v Kingstonian live on BBC SCR
Mark Langhorn informs us that BBC Southern Counties Radio (104.6fm) will be doing live commentary of the replay on Tuesday - a first for a K's game? Thanks to Mark for letting us know.
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Result round-up
Telford are the only team definitely through to the semi-finals, as they beat Runcorn two-nil. Both other games ended all square. In the league today, Woking dropped into second from bottom, as they lost to Hayes three-nil, with Welling beating Stevenage one-nil away from home.
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FA Trophy semi-final draw set for Monday
The draw for the semi-final of the Trophy will be made on Monday afternoon, and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Five Live (909/693mw) at 1.35pm. Hopefully Alan Shearer will be nowhere to be seen this time...
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Kingstonian v Hayes - match postponed
The first leg of the MacMillan Trophy semi-final with Hayes, originally planned for this coming Tuesday, has now been postponed.
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Friday 10th March 2000
David Webb appointed as Yeovil's new manager
According to various sources, David Webb will be appointed as the new manager of Yeovil Town on Monday, with Steve Thompson remaining at the club as coach. See Yeovil's official site or their independent one for more details.
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Thursday 9th March 2000
Woking match report
The report of Tuesday night's loss to Woking is now available.
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Geoff Chapple was recently named the Manager of the Month for February
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Reserves lose Suburban League Champions Cup Final
The reserves lost the Suburban League Champions Cup Final last night when they could only draw 2-2 with Hayes at Kingsmeadow. The first leg had gone to Hayes 4-2 handing the cup to the visitors on aggregate. Andy Sullivan scored a penalty and the number five scored with a header. Don't know his name though - sorry.
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Wednesday 8th March 2000
Kingstonian 0-2 Woking
A team made up of several reserves and/or fringe players lost two-nil to Woking last night on Colin Lippiatt's return. There were debuts for Tom Bryson at right-back and Ronnie Green as a substitute.
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Tuesday 7th March 2000
Latest odds on the FA Trophy
From somewhere: Rushden & Diamonds are predictably favourites for the FA Trophy and are rated at 5-4. Holders Kingstonian, following their fifth round victory over Yeovil Town, are rated at 3-1. Remaining odds for other Conference sides include Kettering Town at 4-1, Telford United at 10-1, Sutton United at 16-1 and Southport surprisingly given the widest odds at 20-1.
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Times: Lippiatt plans rescue mission
Thanks to Badger for this from The Times:

Lippiatt plans rescue mission

COUNTY Cup competitions supply Nationwide Conference clubs with a reliable source of silverware and are accorded due respect in the Non-League Directory. Yet only rarely do they provide occasions to excite even the most ardent supporter. The meeting between Kingstonian and Woking in the Surrey Senior Cup semi-final tonight might go against the trend as it marks a swift return by Colin Lippiatt, the new Woking manager, to Kingsmeadow.

Kingstonian's approach to the tie, however, is overshadowed by the imminence of their FA Umbro Trophy quarter-final against Southport on Saturday and Lippiatt's by the need to be pragmatic. "I'll be sending a mix-and-match side," he said. "I promised the players when I took over that I'd take a look at them all and the match gives me the perfect chance."

Lippiatt has been through the experience of an almost immediate reunion with a former club already this season. No sooner had he joined Kingstonian in October as assistant manager to Geoff Chapple, with whom he had worked for ten seasons up to 1997 at Woking, than his new side came up against Yeovil Town, where he had been head coach.

It is not something that Lippiatt has time to dwell on, because his job is an urgent one: to steer Woking out of the relegation zone in the Conference and back to the position that they enjoyed in his time at Kingfield with Chapple. Regular FA Cup runs, three FA Trophy triumphs at Wembley and two second-place finishes in the Conference made the Surrey club a force through most of the 1990s.

The club has settled its financial difficulties by selling the freehold of adjacent land occupied by an indoor tennis centre to Woking Borough Council and has appointed Dave Hooker, formerly the commercial manager at Bishop's Stortford, with a brief to increase off-the-field revenue and cut down on overdependence on erratic gate receipts.

Lippiatt, however, has no money available to spend on new signings, hence his keenness to assess fully the squad that he inherited from Brian McDermott, who was dismissed last week. "We've got the transfer deadline coming up on the last Thursday of the month and I have no option but to move players out if I wanted to bring anyone in," Lippiatt said. "The guidelines I was given did allow me to go out and get two loan players."

He has moved swiftly to bring in Barry Miller, the former Farnborough Town defender, from Gillingham and Julian Charles, 22, a forward sold by Hampton and Richmond to Brentford last December. They played their part in Woking's 2-1 win away to Telford United on Saturday, their first in the league since January 3 - when they won at Kingstonian.

The stringencies under which Lippiatt, who prefers to work part-time, must operate - on a three-month contract to the end of the season - contrast with the position of Jake King, who returned yesterday as manager of Telford.

When King left for Shrewsbury Town 2 years ago, the future for Telford was uncertain. Now they have the backing of Andy Shaw, a millionaire, who has promised wholesale development of the Bucks Head ground and the resources to recruit a full-time squad.

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Monday 6th March 2000
Free e-mail addresses now available
Another amazing new service has been added to K's Web - free web based email. Anybody can sign up for an address and you can access the pages from anywhere on this site. To sign up for an account, or to login from now on just go to the K's Web Mail page - there's a link at the top of every menu.

Those of you who already have addresses will be contacted shortly with more details of what you need to do.
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Surrey Advertiser: Chapple still favourite to come home
From the Surrey Advertiser On-Line:

Chapple still favourite to come home

GEOFF CHAPPLE is the man Woking want to lead their revival. Although Colin Lippiatt has been charged with the immediate task of keeping the Cards in the Nationwide Conference, the man who enjoyed 13 glorious years at Kingfield up to 1997 is still likely to return. The main question is when - it could yet be before this season is out or, perhaps more likely, at some stage in the summer. Brian McDermott's sacking this week, with the club third from bottom of the Conference and out of the FA Trophy, provoked fierce speculation from supporters and heated up weeks of rumblings and rumours. Biggest obstacle to Chapple's return is that he is in the first season of a new five-year deal at Kingstonian, Woking's Conference neighbours to whom he fled three years ago when refused a contract by Woking's then chairman Jon Davies. And the Cards simply do not have the money to buy him out of it thanks to their extensive financial problems, which are forcing them to sell the freehold of land adjacent to their ground.

Both Chapple and the club have strongly denied any move to bring him back to Kingfield. Current chairman John Taylor said: "Geoff is always going to be associated with us after the success he enjoyed and in my opinion it would be wonderful if he did come back, although others might have different opinions. "But at present he is a non-starter because he has a five-year contract with Kingstonian. "Of course any manager can always come and speak to us." And for his part, Chapple said: "I've had no contact with Woking whatsoever. "If they approached me they would have to put in seven days notice of approach. "Everything else is pure speculation. It's well known that I loved being manager of Woking and we had some wonderful times. "You never say never." Board meetings were due last night at both Kingfield and Kings-meadow, where Chapple is now a director.

There have been stories of troubles at Ks off the field this season and it was recently reported that managing director Chris Kelly had offered his resignation only to withdraw it. If Chapple were to head home, he could virtually name his terms, particularly with regard to power and responsibility. His return would create massive interest among fans plus non-league football in general. And after the successes of the past, the big man is inextricably linked with not only the club but the town. By the summer, the result of Woking's bid to stay in the Conference will be known, while Chapple may also be waiting to see the result of elections to the club's board. And with holders Ks in the FA Trophy quarter-finals, he remains on course to win the competition for an extra-ordinary fifth time. Taylor admitted the decision to sack McDermott and assistant Kevin Hill had been done with a heavy heart: "It was difficult and all the more so because they are both such nice men. "We had to do something, having felt we owed it to Brian to give him the chance of staying in the FA Trophy. "But it was even bleaker and after a gathering on Monday we felt we had to change direction. "There are one or two things still to be deter-mined but we expect Colin Lippiatt to be with us and possibly longer.

"We looked at half-a-dozen people and have had calls showing interest. "Colin has the same budget as Brian but has the extensive contacts to make use of the five loan signings we still have available this season. "If he wants to bring in new players on permanent transfers though, then he will have to move others out. "That situation has not changed." Chapple shared the sadness over McDermott's departure: "I'm very sorry for Brian because he is such a thoroughly decent bloke. "I was instrumental in getting him there and he has worked his socks off for the club, just as I did. "It meant a lot to him and after Saturday he must have felt terrible." Lippiatt and Chapple have been in partnership twice before at Woking and when the new Cards boss was asked if it would be rekindled in the near future, he said: "I have no comment".

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Sunday 5th March 2000
Rushden match report
Yesterday's report has been finished.
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Kingsmeadow attendances page
Continuing the revamp - an old page makes a welcome(?) return - you can now see the attendances at Kingsmeadow for this season. The average currently stands at 1155 for all competitions. Also, the Results Archive page has been split into four parts - Conference, FA Cup, FA Trophy and Other results. The traditional appearances page is also up and running.
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Saturday 4th March 2000
Kingstonian 0-1 Rushden & Diamonds
Matt Crossley scored the winner for Rushden in a hard fought game at Kingsmeadow, which was decided in the 29th minute with the K's captain's own goal.
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Result round-up
Three points don't mean that Rushden return to the top of the table though, as Kidderminster scraped past Stevenage three-one, with one own-goal on 85 minutes and another on 90. Sutton stay rooted to the bottom after losing three-nil at Altrincham. Lippiatt's Woking picked up their first win in five games with a two-one win at Telford, whilst next Saturday's opponents Southport beat Hayes four-one.
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Patterson out of the Trophy quarter-final
Gary Patterson will miss next Saturday's Trophy quarter-final, as his booking at Yeovil last week extended his current suspension to three games.
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Kingstonian v Woking - date confirmed
The Surrey Senior Cup semi-final is confirmed to take place on Tuesday March 7th, kick-off 7.45pm.
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Site updates
The site has had another minor change - hopefully this will speed things up for everybody. One new feature is that you can be informed by email when somebody replies to your article on the forum. There is also another new page - Traditional Appearances. If you ever needed an excuse to buy a bigger monitor then here it is.
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Friday 3rd March 2000
Richard Hill sacked by Stevenage
Stevenage Borough manager Richard Hill was sacked by the club it was confirmed today by chairman Phil Wallace.
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Thursday 2nd March 2000
Colin Lippiatt goes to Woking, Ian McDonald becomes assistant
Colin Lippiatt has been named as Woking's new manager, for which he has signed a 3 month contract. There are strong rumours that he will be joined by Geoff Chapple at the beginning of next season. Ian McDonald is the new Assistant Manager.
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Kingstonian reserves 2-1 Fisher Athletic
Ollie informs us that Lee Boylan got the first, Andy Sullivan the 2nd as K's reserves beat a Fisher Athletic 1st team 2-1 in the Suburban League Premier Division. Geoff and Macca were watching on from the stands and learnt a lot about the reserves from this tough test. The team was: Hurst, Bryson, Roberts, Langley (Guch), Lester, Harris, Drewitt (Young - the reserve GK!!!), Taylor, Sullivan, Boylan (Jackson), Basford.
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Telegraph: Bad luck rains down on England
In today's Daily Telegraph:

Bad luck rains down on England by Nicholas Harling in Padova

Italy (1) 1 England (1) 1

JOHN OWENS extended his unbeaten record as England's non-League manager to five games in the Euganeo Stadium yesterday but the outcome for the visitors should have been better. England, leading by Dale Watkins' 18th-minute goal, were apparently sauntering to a comfortable victory when Mark Smith made no allowance for the surface which had deteriorated after soaking up copious rainfall during the day's incessant downpour. Smith's 32nd-minute back- pass failed to carry to goalkeeper Steve Farrelly, who came out but could not prevent the ball rebounding off him to Simone Cavalli who scored easily. Taking extra care when he attempted a subsequent back pass, Smith watched in agony when it plopped into the path of Cavalli who would have netted again but for Farrelly's outstretched legs. Substitute midfielder Stewart Drummond almost won the game for England but he was denied by Alessandro Ruggini's spectacular one-handed save.

Italy: Ruggini; Bruni, Notari, Gobba (Morelli 55th); Puleo, Serra (F Coppola 60), Stampetta, De Liguori (L Coppola 71), Savini; Cavalli (Araboni 59th), Iaquinta (Sanguinetti 84). Booked: Bruni

England: Farrelly (Sollitt 84); Goodliffe (A Smith 80), M Smith, Ryan; Marples (Cousins 80), Pitcher (Drummond 84), Butterworth, Patterson, Underwood; Watkins, Patmore (McGregor 75).

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Independent: England held as Smith sticks in mud
From today's Independent:

England held as Smith sticks in mud by Christian Bright in Padua

Italy semi-professional 1 England semi-professional 1

Mark Smith, who is normally a model of reliability, committed the uncharacteristic mistake here yesterday that cost England's semi-professional team the victory they undoubtedly deserved.

In normal conditions the back-pass struck by the Stevenage centre-half in the 32nd minute would have had no trouble reaching the goalkeeper Steve Farrelly. Unfortunately for Smith, the relentless day-long downpour had made the surface unpredictable and the ball slowed fatally, allowing Simone Cavalli a strike on goal. The ball ricocheted off the advancing Farrelly and, to England's horror, it fell conveniently for Cavalli to tap in, cancelling out Dale Watkins' goal for England 14 minutes earlier.

"That goal was down to a mistake which was down to the pitch," said the England manager, John Owens, exonerating Smith who, nevertheless, almost presented the Italians with a second identical goal six minutes after the restart. This time his under-hit back-pass squelched to a full stop. Cavalli would have cashed in again but for Farrelly's outstretched legs.

Smith, who redeemed himself with one last-ditch tackle on Vincenzo Iaquinta, was with those exceptions his usual masterful self in England's defence, which only came under sustained pressure when Italy pressed for a late winner.

Watkins had shot England ahead when Paul Underwood's cross was deflected into his path. Warren Patmore then twice almost exploited crosses from England's wing-backs.

Italy, whose coach, Roberto Boninsegna, had selected his team from Under-21 players in Serie C, gave the crowd more to cheer in the second half but England held firm.

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