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Kingstonian 1-0 Harrow Borough
HARROWING FOR BORO

A glance at the League table this morning might have indicated a home banker for a K's side unbeaten at home under Steve Sedgley. However both hauls of maximum points for the visitors had come away from Earlsmead so this game was far from a foregone conclusion.

And so it proved in a frustrating first half for the home side. Ronnie Green came the closest to opening the scoring but despite his desperate slide he was unable to connect with Greg Balls tempting cross.

Both sides swapped speculative efforts - former Woking man Phil Gridelet heading wide from a corner, while a deflected Danny Bolt free kick forced Karamoko into action in the Harrow goal. Bolt was well placed to open the scoring soon after but Dave Clarke's cross was blocked for a corner, after he had beaten 3 defenders on his way to the by line.

The root of Harrow's problems may have something to do with communication. Or the lack there of. 'Free header,' Karamoko shouted at one of his defenders as both Clarke and Barnsby challenged him for the ball. Barnsby was the victor but was unable to direct his header and it flew over the cross bar.

Karamoko saves from Greg Ball
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K's were in the ascendancy, their game being disrupted by a succession of niggly fouls which earned two of the visitors cautions before the break.

Whatever Sedgley says to rally his troops during the half time break is currently achieving the desired effect. As against Cirencester a week earlier it took K's just a matter of minutes after half time to register on the score sheet.

Harrow, on a rare venture forward won themselves a corner. With men committed forward they were caught on the break when the corner was cleared to Clarke who surged forward. He released Bolt who, with a clever flick, in turn released Green to run through and fire clinically past Karamoko for his eighth goal in seven games (below).

Green shoots
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A neat one two between Green and Bolt presented the opportunity for the young striker to grab his second goal of the game. He rounded the keeper outside the box but his left foot drive was blocked on the edge of the six yard box.

Bolt himself was the next to have a chance to double the lead, his piledriver well saved by the keeper after another good run from Clarke. Collins also went close with a right footed shot from just inside the box, but saw his shot well held by a fully stretched Karamoko.

Into the last fifteen minutes and Harrow pressed forward looking for an equaliser. They almost got one as well, but for a fine save from Lance Key from an equally fine left foot volley which looked destined for the bottom corner. Redundant for much of the game but equal to the task when called upon, Key looked to have preserved the 3 points.

Ow - my head hurts
Photo: kingstonian.net

An ugly confrontation between Ball and Gridelet marred the closing moments, the referee not punishing the ex Woking man for his blatant shove on the youngster. Ball had the last laugh however, as the referee called time shortly afterwards and K's had secured another 3 well deserved points.

Sides at the bottom battling for points are often difficult to play against and at times K's struggled to break them down. But they kept going for the full 90 minutes, and for much of that time they were in control, if not creating as many clear cut chances as in recent games but fully deserved the victory none the less.

Date
Sat 8th Dec 2001
 
Venue
Kingsmeadow Stadium
 
Attendance
558
 
Competition
Isthmian League Premier
 
Score
Kingstonian1
Green
Harrow Borough0
 
Kingstonian
1Lance Key
2Eddie Duah
3Mark Jones
4Peter Barnsby
5Max Hustwick
6Bashiru Alimi
7Dave Clarke
8Danny Bolt
9Greg Ball
10Ronnie Green
11Liam Collins
12Jon Leacock
14David Sadler
15Sean Thurgood
 
Man of the Match
Ronnie Green
Ronnie Green
 
Match Report By
Simon Murray