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Kingstonian 2-5 Dulwich Hamlet

The return of a former player saw Kingstonian put to the sword in a seven-goal feast - but it was not Mazin Ahmed.

Serge Musungu was fed a simple pass by man of the match Shawn Beverney in the second half extra time for a fifth goal by the title-chasing visitors.

The home side incredibly still found time to score, adding to their tally after the game's first goal was slotted home by Bobby Traynor from the spot.

Unfortunately it took until almost the final whistle for Traynor to score, this time after substitute Glenn Boosey was denied by Simon Overland in the away goal - by which time the game has been won comprehensively.

With Croydon Athletic, one place below, losing the night before, Kingstonian needed to win this match and continue their four-game run.

And it had started well with Traynor picking himself off the ground after being bought down by a clash of feet just in the penalty area after only 11 minutes. His clinical shot sent the keeper to the right as the ball went slightly to the left.

Traynor converts the penalty

Midfielder Beverney's shot eight minutes later hit the back of someone's heel and deflected horribly to the left of Luke Garrard.

10 minutes later this became a winning position after Hamlet skipper Jamie Coyle took a very quick freekick that found Chris Dickson unmarked and a simple header on the left was the result.

In between Jon Coke had limped off, with Simon Huckle coming on, and Neil Lampton had skied a scoring chance.

Both events were to have greater significance later on.

Both teams had chances to score before half-time tea, Traynor and Martyn Lee notably, while Beverney and Leigh Bremner all failing to capitalise. Three of them would later.

Bremner was the first of these after only three minutes of the second half. He ran rings round our back four, fighting off every challenge from the right to the left and then beating Garrard to the right.

Beverney was the next with an even more fight for the ball. Beating every tackle, his single-minded approach bought the fourth goal on in the 78th minute. This was the pick of all the seven.

Musungu made it five past Garrard before Traynor became the third of the four players missing chances in the first half, during a frantic 90th minute.

Once again the second half saw a plethora of other chances going to waste, including Darren Summers, Gary Drewett and a couple of Ahmed, later substituted in that last minute. It was busy that extra time.

Alan Dowson chose to bring on Lee Riddell and Boosey for Julian Sills and Summers respectively, Simon Sibohy ending the game as captain.

Kingstonian were far from storming up front, with too many long balls not being met, but neither were they poor. The difference was between 2nd position and 16th, even though the visitors had had a poorer run into this match.

So the seventh game between Stuart MacIntrye's last game and this saw Kingstonian not booed off but still facing a dangerous dogfight in April. A few teams below have games in hand but not the points.

Hopefully this was a blip.

In spite of this with 377 fans, most of them calling for a home win, this was the second highest attendance at the Kingsmeadow. Only the pre-Christmas loss to Maidstone is higher.

Saturday 17th February 2007
(Dulwich Hamlet H)
Alan Dowson interview
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Sat 17th Feb 2007
Kingsmeadow Stadium
Isthmian League Division One South
Traynor (2, 1 pen)
Dulwich Hamlet5
1Luke Garrard
2Wayne Finnie
3Simon Sobihy
4Jon CokeCautioned15
5Tommy MoorhouseCautioned
6Julian SillsCautioned16
7Gary Drewett
8Neil Lampton
9Bobby Traynor
10Danny SummersCautioned12
11Martyn Lee
12Glenn Boosey10
14Richard Taylor
15Simon Huckle4
16Lee Riddell6
17Stephen Windegaard
Match Report By
Michael Underwood