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Kingstonian 1-1 Sittingbourne

Kingstonian once again threw away victory as they conceded a late goal at home with the visitors down to 10 men.

With the game meandering to a no-score bore draw Bobby Traynor's penalty to the left of Steve Williams ought to have secured all three points.

Traynor converts the penalty

Gary Drewett had been upended in the penalty box in a rare promising attack towards the Kingston Road end and referee Ashleigh Potter showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot before harshly sending off Paul Ainsworth, one of many defenders surrounding Drewett.

And that should have been it as both sides were meeting off the back of a poor run, with the home side at least recording a victory in the last 10 games.

But a late goal from the left by Mark Lovell, the Sittingbourne's manager's son, bought the game level with three minutes left.

Minutes earlier ex-Tunisian international Sabeur Trabelsi was bought on and this gave the visitors the necessary lift. And the visitors could have gone on to win the game.

The earlier penalty had finally woken the game up however a Traynor shot could have easily doubled the lead three minutes after his penalty when Drewett opened up the defence with a short pass from the right and less than 10 yards out Traynor's shot skied up into the evening.

Before then only Traynor's 51st minute long shot came near scoring and the left outstretched leg of Williams had prevented a goal.

Minutes later Anthony Hogg had rattled the crossbar with Luke Garrard following the ball before the game settled down into the style of the first half.

The first half had promised so much but delivered very little as the first forays into the Athletic Ground end by the Ks ended in nothing and soon the game settled into poor passing and little attacks.

Sittingbourne having weathered these first minutes hit back with skipper Keiron Marsh and Lovell coming close but other than that both sides looked distinctly off colour.

Alan Dowson debuted Friday's signing Simon Huckle from the start, although he was replaced by Martyn Lee early in the second half. He looks promising.

With only 274 people watching Kingstonian will have to look more lively if they are to find mid-division safety and better crowds.

On the positive side they are no longer shipping goals and are not looking like they will lose either so the portents for both the above are there.

Saturday 3rd February 2007
(Sittingbourne H)
Mark Hams interview
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Sat 3rd Feb 2007
Kingsmeadow Stadium
Isthmian League Division One South
Traynor (pen)
1Luke Garrard
2Tommy Moorhouse
3Simon Sobihy
4Julian Sills
5Jon CokeCautioned14
6Wes GogginCautioned
7Neil Lampton
8Simon HuckleCautioned12
9Bobby Traynor
10Gary Drewett15
11Liam Cockerill
12Martyn Lee8
14Lee Riddell5
15Glenn Boosey10
16Steve Symes
17Stephen Windegaard
Match Report By
Michael Underwood