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Burgess Hill 1-1 Kingstonian

In recent years Kingstonian have re-signed countless former players from their glory years and many have not lived up to the ability they showed first time round. Midfielder Gary Drewett is already showing that he may not fall into that category though, following up last week's goal against Molesey with a man of the match performance against Burgess Hill Town.

Drewett was praised by his boss Stuart McIntyre who was no doubt relieved that a fine run and cross from the Conference-era K's man, who he brought back from Carshalton, helped his side to salvage a point against Burgess Hill Town through a Glenn Boosey strike. The manager nonetheless considered it to be two points dropped, although his opposite number would surely have felt that the Hillians had as much right to win the game as K's.

The home side had had the better of a first half in which K's were utterly uncreative and took a deserved lead early in the second. Under the gloom of the dimly-lit ground, Ashley Jarvis had been played through on goal behind the K's defence and although Luke Garrard got a hand to his angled shot he was unable to keep it out of the net.

Boosey's first goal for the club was a welcome equaliser for the frustrated contingient of visiting supporters but K's had once again waited until the last twenty minutes to show the full extent of their attacking abilities and only converted one of a number of chances created in that limited time.

Most of K's attacking play came through Drewett, who was short of neither pace nor bravery in taking on the home side's back line. The lack of a big target man in the middle did not help the K's cause however, as a number of crosses from Drewett and Asher Hudson were not met by a hooped shirt. When he found Boosey unmarked with a low cross though, in the seventieth minute, the midfielder made no mistake in slamming a powerful fifteen-yarder straight into the top corner.

Garrard was the busier of the 'keepers in the first half making some good saves whilst K's failed to have a meaningful shot on target. The closest they came was Drewett firing wide from twenty yards after an unconvincing punch by home goalkeeper Chris May and May scrambling out an Adolph Amoako header that was half-blocked by a defender.

Having gone ahead on 49 minutes Burgess Hill had chances to double their lead. A fine chip to the far post saw Ashley Jarvis fire over the bar when presented with a good opportunity and Garrard's crossbar was rattled from outside the box.

The endgame belonged to K's though and having found the equaliser they pushed for three points. May found himself equal to the significant aerial threat posed by Jamie Jarvis though while Hudson had a shot blocked.

The final chance of the game fell to K's legend Dave Leworthy but he was unable to take his chance to be a hero once again for the Surrey outfit. A Martyn Lee corner was again well headed by Jamie Jarvis, who has been a vital signing by McIntyre in the absence of the injured Richard Taylor and Stuart Reeks. May's save rebounded to Leworthy six yards out but he could not keep his volley down and K's again picked up only one point where three would have been possible.

Saturday 16th December 2006
(Burgess Hill A)
Stuart McIntyre interview
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Sat 16th Dec 2006
Leylands Park
Isthmian League Division One South
Burgess Hill1
1Luke Garrard
2Asher Hudson
3Steve Potterill14
4Jamie JarvisCautioned
5Julian Sills
6Craig LewingtonCautioned
7Scott Corbett15
8Gary Drewett
9Niall Connery16
10Adolph Amoako
11Martyn Lee
12Tommy Moorhouse
14Steve Symes3
15Glenn Boosey7
16David Leworthy9
17Stephen Windegaard
Match Report By
Simon Grier