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Leatherhead 0-2 Kingstonian

Not once, not twice but three times was NJ Lampton denied as Ks secured a brace of goals to secure another win away from home.

First he saw the referee give his bundled in goal from Tommy Williams' ball into the area off Bobby Traynor's cross given as an own goal. In a crowded defence most players were happy to give him the credit for the final boot on the hour mark but referee Daniel Cook decided otherwise and gave it to midfielder Jason Henry.

Neil Lampton forces the opening goal
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Minutes earlier he headed just over the bar, as he dived full stretch through the defence from Carl Wilson-Denis's cross on the right. Then in the 85th minute he picked up a loose ball 30 yards out and then volleyed the ball straight back towards the goal, only for the ball to hit the underside of the bar. For a few seconds it fell to the ground and looked to be going behind the line before going the wrong side and it was then kicked away gratefully by a beaten defence.

Lampton heads just over
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

The second goal - for it was a two-goal win - came within minutes of the first one. Simon Huckle picked up a cross from the ever-busy Liam Collins and shot past 'keeper Chris Lewington.

With Ks playing only their second match since the end of December and postponements a fate also suffered by the home team - meant that the game started sluggishly. In the first minute a long throw-in from Wayne Finnie was left and then headed out by the defence. Then a Williams corner went too high for anyone.

It was not until the 10th minute until the first real chance appeared and it fell to ex-Ks striker Steven Goddard who scuffed a low shot to the right. Then seven minutes later the game sprang to life as a cross, after a run up the right from Collins found Bobby Traynor. As Traynor stretched to get it a last-minute tackle saw the ball go to the left and out.

Then at the other end of the pitch a 30-yard low shot by Tom Hutchings was parried away by Luke Garrard and kicked away by Adam Thompson. It was then the turn of Kev Terry to miss out as he was unable to stretch out enough with his leg for a cross by Stewart Holmes.

The response was once more with the visitors with Williams shooting just wide from the edge of the box, after a cross in by Collins found the defender rather than the lurking Traynor. A free kick after Jon Coke was felled, found Wilson-Denis' head, and with the ball going up and loose Traynor shot just wide.

For the home team Henry was reduced to a long speculative shot in the 33rd minute, which went wide to the right.

Minutes later Wilson-Denis saw his long-range shot pushed out by Lewington from a corner. Then Traynor was denied by a brave block from Tommy Moorhouse, which left him needing some time with the Leatherhead physio. A throw in by Finnie found Traynor who swivelled on the spot only for Moorhouse to be there to take the full force of the shot.

Bobby Traynor's strike blocked by Tommy Moorhouse
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Then Moorhouse was involved again as became heated with a yellow card incident that left Beer booked. For several moments it looked as though things were going to blow up into something worse but he was finally shepherded away. Earlier he had been booked for a tackle on Coke at the other end. And with the last minutes remaining before the break a throw in found Huckle but 15 yards out, with space around him, he headed tamely to Lewington.

The second half began badly with Finnie leaving the pitch injured in the 46th minute. Max Hustwick then came on, earlier than planned. After that things quietened down until Lampton's first chance denial in the 56th minute. In response Garrard then pulled off a top class save from a header down by Andrew Wareing.

Minutes later Lampton was denied again this time by the referee as the goal was given as an own goal. Quickly Traynor then threatened to double the lead when he won a ball from a normally-inspired Lewington, who failed to hold the ball. Ryan Palmer then got back in time to tackle Traynor.

Inevitably with such pressure something had to give and Huckle duly headed the ball into the back of the net, when Collins tackled Hutchings and crossed the ball in. Ks were now two goals to the good.

Simon Huckle heads in the second goal
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Players and fans celebrate the second goal
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Another long shot - this time from Hutchings - went over within minutes as Leatherhead tried to recompose themselves. Hutchings then set up Terry but his shot missed with the defence briefly unlocked. For Terry that was the last action he saw as he was taken off at the next available break of play after Traynor shot just wide to the left from a ball passed back by Wilson-Denis, playing a one-two with him. Minutes later he was taken off with Phil Williams coming on, soon followed by Julien Thompson replacing Traynor. In between Garrard saved low to the right from Henry.

The game then settled down with only a half-chance created when Huckle sliced open the defence with a through ball only for Tommy Williams to be unable to keep up with the ball.

But with the game drawing to a close the inevitable Ks rush came, with Lampton's volley being denied and then a double save out on the edge of the box by Lewington, first from Phil Williams and then immediately from Julien Thompson. Another ex-K, Jean-Serge Msungu then tried to beat Garrard from the box but the ball went over the bar with Garrard covering the top.

In injury time both Williams' combined, only for Lewington to save once more again from Tommy.

Sat 17th Jan 2009
Fetcham Grove
Isthmian League Division One South
OG, Huckle
1Luke Garrard
2Jamie BeerCautioned
3Jon Coke
4Adam Thompson
5Wayne Finnie12
6Simon Huckle
7Neil Lampton
8Tommy Williams
9Bobby Traynor14
10Carl Wilson-DenisCautioned16
11Liam Collins
12Max Hustwick5
14Julien Thompson9
15Jason Turley
16Phil Williams10
17Luke Naughton
Match Report By
Michael Underwood