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Kingstonian 1-1 Dartford

Bobby Traynor once again found the back of the net to rescue Kingstonian in a match to contrast totally with last week's no score bore draw.

David Shin passed the ball almost the width of the pitch, right to left, to find Nick Rundell who then flicked on to Traynor. His right-footed flick then beat the Dartford keeper Tony Kessell on the near side post.

The equaliser in the 28th minute came just as the visitors looked to begin to assert their division superiority and handed back the balance of player to the home side.

And it could have been all three points when Shin's long punt on the left from just over the half way line eight minutes later found Traynor again attacking the goal mouth, but as he rose to head in, sop did Kessell to snatch the ball off his head.

A minute later the Shin/Traynor combination came close again with the help of Saheed Sankoh. Shin's header found him and fending off the attentions of the defence, Sankoh passed onto Traynor who proceeded to lob the goal, far over the top.

Then Simon Sobihy finished the half with first a long 30-yard shot after the ball had come back to him off an advancing defence. And with the a minute left in the same half two corners, initially won by Sobihy saw Dartford's Eddie May block the best chance.

In contrast Dartford had taken the lead through a well-worked goal from a throw in from the right. Steve Norman found Mark Green, who slotted through to Eddie McClements, all on the by-line before a long run towards Luke Garrard as the Kingstonian defence lapsed into inaction. A low shot to right of Garrard ensured the goal after only 13 minutes.

This had followed early pressure on the Dartford goal with two corners within the first four minutes and a Nick Rundell free kick, before the visitors began to take control and then take the lead.

Barely two minutes before the opening goal Jay May had managed to break out of the visitors before shooting goalwards. A diving save by Garrard made safe a shot that possibly was going out anyway.

Then Garrard had an easier catch from the left as Norman's free kick found his safe arms.

With a goal up the visitors piled on the pressure and nearly found themselves a man to the good after Tommy Moorhouse butted the chest of Dart striker Brendon Cass, after a tangle with him as they went for a through ball on the right, just outside the goal are.

Picking himself up Moorhouse then butted him, earning himself only a yellow card and the boos of the noisy away supporters for the rest of the half.

Referee James Evamy managed to separate the small crowd of players, calming the situation down and then produced harshly a yellow for Cass.

More pressure ensued on the Kingstonian goal area before Sankoh managed to start the revival with a shot right across the opposing goal area.

Within two minutes Traynor had evened things up with his wonder goal.

The second half saw Sankoh put early pressure once again, working his way through a busy defence before miscuing a pass to an unmarked Traynor out on the left. This was a chance for the taking.

The second half was mainly Kingstonian's half with Lampton's corners and throw-ins causing pressure in attack.

In the 67th minute Sobihy was denied after Rundell found him from a corner. Sobihy's header went over.

Alan Dowson used the second half to bring on substitutes at regular intervals. Scott Corbett was the first to leave after only 50 minutes for Stuart Reeks. Sankoh was unable to make amends for his earlier misplaced pass as he followed 10 minutes later for Danny Summers. Then in the 81st minute Glenn Boosey came on for Rundell.

Shin started the match, justifying his selection with setting up the equaliser and a lively performance throughout. Indeed close to the end another long run up the left came to nought as eventually he closed down.

Traynor also looked on song, even to the end, with a shot from the right in the 88th minute from 15 yards being parried away for a corner.

Overall the whole team were better as well, in contrast to the performance the previous week to Casuals. They have now only been beaten once in seven matches, albeit four of them being draws.

The defence is still conceding goals, eight in the same period but with 11 being scored - seven of them from Traynor - Kingstonian are set on consolidating 15th place in the division.

After the match the Kingstonian manager put down the teams "battling performance" down to the fitness regime he has introduced. Before the match and afterwards players were on the pitch.

"It is something I am looking to for next season but we have lots of fitness training. We battled very hard today. Traynor worked hard too."

Saturday 7th April 2007
(Dartford H)
Alan Dowson interview
[WMA file - 3:49 - 921Kb]

Sat 7th Apr 2007
Kingsmeadow Stadium
Isthmian League Division One South
1Luke Garrard
2Scott Corbett16
3Simon Sobihy
4Jon Coke
5Tommy MoorhouseCautioned
6Wes Goggin
7Neil Lampton
8David Shin
9Saheed Sankoh14
10Bobby Traynor
11Nick Rundell12
12Glenn Boosey11
14Danny Summers9
15Lee Riddell
16Stuart ReeksCautioned2
17Stephen Windegaard
Match Report By
Michael Underwood