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Hastings United 3-1 Kingstonian

A second half comeback by the Ks was dashed as home side Hastings took full advantage of a weak defence.

The town

Trailing by two goals, on-loan Saheed Sankoh started the fightback within 10 minutes of half time as new manager Alan Dowson sought to alter the line up and claw back the two-goal deficit.

A long shot from Jon Coke found Simon Sobihy whose header found Sankoh's foot into the back of the net.

More chances followed, notably from Sankoh, but a classic counter punch from Ale Olorunda finished the game seven minutes from time.

Kingstonian started this second half two goals down courtesy of a brace from Hastings skipper Sean Ray, though the opening minute saw a penalty claim turned down as Sankoh was felled as he strode into the box.


First an early free kick from Sam Adams found Ray, who headed into an almost empty goal.

Then Ray bundled both ball and Luke Garrard into the goal almost 30 minutes later. Referee Frank Meliack - in charge of the same fixture last season which boasted two red card and a retaken penalty - decided that the goal stood in spite of protests led by Garrard and the Ks travelling fans.

Play had stopped as both sets of players waited for the inevitable free kick to Garrard though the controversial goal stood.

The second half saw Ks bring on Martyn Lee, going for a more aggressive formation with Asher Hudson losing out.

Moorhouse pokes just wide

This began again to pay dividends culminating in the Sankoh goal within 10 minutes.

The second half saw a few timely challenges to deny an away victory against a team on the way up.

Alan Dowson can feel happy along with the travelling fans that Kingstonian will eventually win and more importantly escape the drop zone with matches to spare. Roll on mid-March.

Saturday 27th January 2007
(Hastings A)
Alan Dowson interview
[WMA file - 6:26 - 1,549Kb]

Sat 27th Jan 2007
The Pilot Field
Isthmian League Division One South
Hastings United3
1Luke Garrard
2Asher Hudson12
3Simon SobihyCautioned
4Steve PotterillCautioned
5Tommy Moorhouse
6Jon Coke16
7Neil Lampton
8Wes Goggin
9Saheed Sankoh
10Bobby Traynor
11Liam Cockerill15
12Martyn Lee2
14Julian Sills
15Steve Symes11
16Scott Corbett6
17Stephen Windegaard
Match Report By
Michael Underwood