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Kingstonian 0-3 Woking

If the K's players emerge from the tunnel at Southend donned all in white don't be alarmed, it is merely a symbol of the white flag to acknowledge the surrender of our Conference status. Of course we all know we're 'too good to go down' just as Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City have been in the Premiership the last few years. Err, hold on....

If that has been the opinion of K's fans recently then today's performance should have shattered that myth. Currently we are not too good to go down and the recent FA Cup expolits make the whole situation all the more frustrating.

That it was a local derby only adds to the disappointment, and may well be used as an excuse, but before the game kicked off Woking were just 3 points better off than us having played a game more. So hardly the best side in the league then. The fact that K's made them look like one was bad enough, but the lack of spirit shown, especially in the second half was alarming.

The first half wasn't so bad and overall K's probably had the edge. Except where it mattered, namely on the score sheet. Presumably an administrative error by someone allowed Junior Kadi's name to appear in Woking's starting line up and he duly served up his best performance at Kingsmeadow scoring the first before sending a defence splitting pass though a flat footed crop of defenders allowing Griffin to double his sides advantage with a low shot to beat Gavin Kelly

K's had chances before, in between, and after Wokings two first half goals, a David Bass volley turned away Wingfield twice going close and Pitcher screwing a shot wide when Eddie was waiting for a casual tap in at the far post.

K's non inclusion of a recognised centre forward for the second match running signalled Chapple's intentions from the offset. It worked at Woking and a point was collected, but at home a little more ambition will be called for if K's are to avoid the drop. To this end Ronnie Green was thrown into the fray shortly before half time when it became apparent that, at two down, we needed two goals to get a point and a centre forward might be a good idea to help achieve this aim.

If tea cups were thrown at half time, then it appeared they were about as on target as K's first half chances. The K's team came back onto the pitch looking like they felt hard done by having to play for another 45, and played like it as well.

Woking added just one more goal to their tally - another well taken but essentially soft goal. A long ball which wasn't dealt with by Eddie Saunders, allowing Griffin to race through and round Kelly to complete a comprehensive victory.

Its been a few years since Woking claimed such an easy victory at Kingsmeadow. Back then it was when the likes of mark Biggins were in their prime and K's were nothing more than a mediocre Isthmian League side. K's looked like that side of old today but it was Junior Kadi running the Woking show in midfield. Junior Kadi?!? No disrepect, but he is not and never will be in the same class as players such as Biggins. Back then it was ok because we weren't very good. Perhaps it is a testament of how far we have come that defeats played out in this nature are unacceptable, but whatever the reason one thing is certain: K's will have to play a lot better to avoid the drop come May.

Mon 1st Jan 2001
Kingsmeadow Stadium
Football Conference
1Gavin Kelly
2Mark Beard
3Colin Luckett
4Derek Allan
5Eddie SaundersCautioned
6Mark Boyce12
7Mark Jones
8Geoff PitcherCautioned
9David Bass
10Phil Wingfield
11Eddie Akuamoah
12Ronnie Green6
13Adrian Blake
14Luke Basford
Man of the Match
Eddie Saunders
Eddie Saunders
Match Report By
Gary Ekins