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Kingstonian 0-2 Billericay Town

Kingstonian fell to a 2-0 defeat against league leaders Billericay Town following a highly controversial first half penalty and a Courtney White headed goal in the sixty second minute.

With the recent warm weather having passed Kingstonian found Billericay in an uncompromising mood, playing a physical style of football which seemed to leave the home side bereft of ideas.

Whilst the visitors dominated possession in the opening half hour they struggled to create any clear openings. This was, however, until the twenty ninth minute when the referee awarded a penalty as MacDonald and May tussled and fell together in a heap. With no appeals from either the players or the vocal away support the decision seemed to shock everyone. Poole made no mistake from the spot as he slotted home high to Tolfreys' right.

Billericay continued to press for the remainder of the half and came close to adding to their lead with a header just wide from White.

Kingstonian started the second half brightly and Pattison stung keeper Brightly's hands in the first minute with a cleanly struck volley. No sooner had the home side started to show more ambition in attack before they fell further behind.

Aaron Goode conceded a clumsy foul down the left and was possibly lucky to stay on having been booked in the first half. From the resulting free kick that was swung in by Collis, young Courtney White was first to the ball and glanced a header into the far corner.

Any chance of a revival for Kingstonian continued to recede as time and again long balls were pumped upfront only to be immediately returned as both tall centre halves dominated in the air. It was only when Louis-Rae Beadle came on with ten minutes to go and demonstrated some intelligent movement that Kingstonian were able to manoeuvre around the otherwise excellent Billericay defence.

Although the first half penalty was highly debatable and the home side would argue it changed the course of the game, ultimately Billericay were good value for their win. They worked extremely hard throughout the team to deny Kingstonian any space or time on the ball and as a result the home side rarely threatened the visitors' goal.

Sat 31st Mar 2012
Kingsmeadow Stadium
Isthmian League Premier
Billericay Town2
1Rob Tolfrey
2Aaron GoodeCautioned
3Tom Bird
4Gary MacDonaldCautioned
5Ian Gayle
6Simon HuckleCautioned
7Matt Pattison12
8Ryan Woods
9Bobby Traynor16
10Saheed Sankoh
11Sam Clayton14
12Allan Tait7
14Louis-Rae Beadle11
15Chris Page
16Luke Wanadio9
17Jake Whincup
Match Report By
Peter Allan