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Bognor Regis Town 3-1 Kingstonian

Four penalty incidents saw Bognor rule the Bank Holiday clash by a flattering scoreline as the referee got the better of the visitors.

Penalty number one saw Michael Birmingham strike low only for Rob Tolfrey to make a diving save. The second one came immediately as it had to be taken again after Tolfrey was judged to have moved off his line.

This time Birmingham went the opposite way and Tolfrey was only able to get his fingertips for it as the home side equalised controversially.

Number three did not come nine minutes later after Bobby Traynor was bought to the ground at the opposite end. Still it did not stop Lee Hall from then following up with a shot to the left only for Anthony Ender to parry the ball low back to the left. Dean Lodge's follow up shot rolled past the far post.

Number four also did not come as Carl Wilson-Denis, on for an injured Christian Jolley after a two-footed tackle, fought his way into the penalty area only for yet another tough tackle to finally bring him to the ground in injury time at the end of the game. Instead referee Chris Wade booked him for a perceived dive.

The referee further endeared himself by giving a free kick in the first half the other way to Bognor, in spite of shirt tugging, that lead to the second goal for the hosts and further only issuing a yellow card to Rich Hudson after a horror tackle on the side line to Christian Jolley that saw Jolley being helped off just before the end of the first half.

However it was not just the Wade Bank Holiday special as Kingstonian bought down a large number of fans to the seaside in glorious weather and high hopes of a second victory in three days were seen to be realistic as the Rooks had their wings clipped by tight marking and dominance.

This was rewarded just before the half hour with a goal from Traynor when poor defending, once again, let in Lodge to find a through pass to the striker and, with a slight chip to the left of the keeper, Kingstonian were a goal up.

And the margin of a win could have been more but the bare facts of the match reveal a contrary story as the home side scored from a retaken penalty minutes later, another goal minutes after that from a free kick and one in the dying minutes of the game as a counter attack saw Fletcher out done and a chip over Tolfrey to record a third goal.

The match began brightly enough for the visitors with Jolley forcing an early throw in and then continued pressure with Simon Huckle and Traynor respectively denied by a packed defence, all in the first five minutes.

Gray then saw a cross go wide past the goal. Then from a free kick, after Lodge was bought down in a central position, saw Traynor peel off the wall to pick up a short pass at the other end before shooting. Ender pulled a good save to deny him. A long shot into the area saw Lee Hall sky the ball over. And once more Traynor, unable to control the ball, back heeled it to Lodge who could only shoot it strongly to the keeper.

The goal inevitably came, the only surprise being the time it took, with Lodge and Traynor combining, before Traynor scored. However that only set off a mini-flurry of goals as at the opposite end in a rare attack Bognor were afforded the luxury of retaking a saved penalty, only for Tolfrey to lose out by the narrowest of margins second time round.

Within minutes a free kick destined for Kingstonian found itself going the other way and a simple header on found the home side surprisingly in the lead.

Normal service soon resumed with Ender denying Huckle and then, with Traynor bought to the ground in the area, a superb diving stop by Ender from Huckle again was then kicked just wide on the follow-up by Lodge.

And just before the end of the half, Jolley was left injured by a late two-footed challenge that resulted in only a yellow card. Gray's free kick eventually went straight to the keeper.

The second half saw Wilson-Denis bought on and Lodge resuming the now vacant wing role. And once again the visitors were on attack. For almost 10 minutes the team were seemingly camped in the opposing penalty area as Lodge and Traynor and Wilson-Denis had the best chances of many.

On the counter Jason Prior tried to add to his goal just before the break only for John Fletcher to take the ball off him in a well-timed tackle. A minute later Birmingham's speculative long-range effort just cleared the top of the bar.

However it was Lodge who then saw his shot go wide as a defender deflected it over. A free kick minutes later after a high tackle by Beck on Huckle then went sailing over the top.

However steam was starting to run out on the Ks juggernaut - a combination of warmth, fatigue (especially after the hard fought win two days earlier) and weakening morale after poor decision-making from Chris Wade in the middle.

Still some pressure was exerted on the Bognor area and a shot through the defence was once again superbly parried away by Ender.

But it was the hosts that were to score again when pressure at the end of the match was relieved when Prior embarked on a solo run after getting the better of Fletcher on the half way line and then chipping Tolfrey in the area.

One last concerted effort by Ks saw Wilson-Denis battle his way through a rough defence into the area before finally succumbing to one foul tackle too many, only for the referee to issue a yellow card to the victim and wave play on.

For all the wrong reasons this match will be remembered as Ks were outdone by misjudgement, misfortune and also in the end their own misery.

Mon 5th Apr 2010
Nyewood Lane
Isthmian League Premier
Bognor Regis Town3
1Rob Tolfrey
2Matt Gray
3John Fletcher
4Max HustwickCautioned
5Francis DukuCautioned
6Simon Huckle
7Lee Hall14
8Bashiru AlimiCautioned
9Bobby Traynor
10Dean LodgeCautioned
11Christian Jolley12
12Carl Wilson-DenisCautioned11
14Mo Harkin7
15Robb Sheridan
16Matt Ferdinando
17Luke Garrard
Match Report By
Michael Underwood