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Kingstonian 0-3 Concord Rangers
Supersonic Concord

Kingstonian slumped to a 3-0 home defeat against Concord Rangers conceding goals early in both halves before going three nil down in the seventy second minute.

Whilst they started brightly in the opening exchanges, culminating in Dolan volleying weakly straight at the keeper from close range, Kingstonian went behind in the fifth minute. A long cross field pass found Elmes on the left and as he tussled with Thompson this sucked the K's defence over before Elmes broke free, looked up, and then picked out the unmarked Ogilivie at the back post. He hit the ball first time firmly into the ground and although Tolfrey got a hand to it, he couldn't keep it out.

There were few other moments of excitement in the remainder of the half although Tait shot just wide from 25 yards and then, in what was to prove to Kingstonians best chance of the game, Huckle headed down and only just wide from a corner in the twenty eight minute. The half ended with Concord comfortably in control and Kingstonian looking woefully short of confidence.

If any of the more optimistic amongst the Kingstonian fans consoled themselves at half time by thinking their side couldn't possibly play any worse they were soon to be disappointed as in the forty ninth minute Concord centre half, Lee White, rose unchallenged from a corner and buried his header from six yards. Five minutes later Huckle was penalised for a handball inside the area but was reprieved as Tolfrey pulled off an outstanding save from Stoke's spot kick. Save a wildly sliced Gray shot it was now all Concord as Tolfrey was forced into a brave save at the feet of right back Ashley Miller.

The night got even worse for Kingstonian in the seventy second minute as a cross was whipped in from the right and a static defence watched as Stokes ran through and finished well with a neat volley. Two minutes later Clayton was played through and raced on towards goal. As Concord keeper, Brightly, came out to challenge, Clayton went down and it was far from clear that the keeper had touched the ball. However the referee waived away the resulting penalty claims. Concord enjoyed a couple more decent chances as Beggs stretched for a cross and toe poked just wide and Miller nipped in between Tolfrey and Dolan but also hit his shot just wide.

Whilst it was a poor performance from the home side, it should be recognised that Concord played well. Skipper Nick Cowley put in a man of the match performance playing in front of the back four where time and again he won the ball and used it intelligently. Harry Elmes, playing alone up front, also turned in an excellent performance, constantly making a nuisance of himself.

Kingstonian had never met Concord Rangers before last night. Concord will be wishing they could play Kingstonian every week and Kingstonian will be thinking if they never play Concord again it will be too soon.

Date
Mon 31st Jan 2011
 
Venue
Kingsmeadow Stadium
 
Attendance
257
 
Competition
Isthmian League Premier
 
Score
Kingstonian0
Concord Rangers3
 
Kingstonian
1Rob Tolfrey
2Lee HallCautioned
3Tom BirdCautioned
4Adam Thompson
5Joe DolanCautioned
6Max Hustwick
7Matt Gray
8Allan Tait14
9Bobby Traynor
10Simon HuckleCautioned
11Sam Clayton
12Ivailo Dimitrov
14Antonio Gonnella8
15Tom Duffy
16Reece Jones
17Nic Taylor
 
Match Report By
Peter Allan