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Kingstonian 4-2 Cray Wanderers

In some ways this was inevitable. The moment a non-league goalkeeper turns round and gives some abuse back to the fans, there is only one way it ends, and for Cray goalkeeper Andy Walker it was a predictably inglorious end. To place all the blame on Cray's defeat on Walker would do a great Kingstonian comeback a dis-service, but the Ks 4-2 victory pivoted around a Walker mistake.

But we are getting ahead ourselves, and after five minutes, few could have seen this result coming. Cray midfielder Chris Saunders found a gaping hole in the K's penalty area and his lay off past an on-rushing Tolfrey gave Jack Clark the simplest of tasks in putting Cray one up. Despite the start, the impact of K's recent wins and a settled side had clearly given the team the boost in confidence that had been missing for the first few weeks of the season and for the first time this term, they were able to respond to going behind. They were level after 10 minutes as Sutton loanee Neil Jenkins' corner found Huckle who headed the ball with great aplomb between the far post and the despairing backheeled attempt of Cray defender Allan McLeod.

After a goal-laden start, the game settled down into a tempo with both teams testing the opposition keeper from distance. It took some top work from Danny Phillips to restore Cray's lead as the winger bamboozled Neil Jenkins' knees into submission, giving Phillips space to whip in a glorious far post cross where Saunders was waiting to head home past Tolfrey's despairing dive. The first half chances did not end there, as Saunders went close to a second, forcing Tolfrey into a good stop before Jack Clark got close to doubling his tally with a 25 yarder that rattled the angle via Tolfrey's fingertips. For Ks, both Ali Chaaban and Bashiru Alimi had goals disallowed and a diving header from Tom Hutchinson whistled millimetres past the far post with Walker grasping at the thinnest of thin air.

Ks began the second half with a real buzz about their play, Romone McCrae found that 'Hey Ho, Let's go' attitude that has so endeared him to Ks fans during his loan spell, poking a shot just wide. The game span on one crazy minute. Neil Jenkins' quick free kick found Gary MacDonald at the back post, taking the ball down excellently he steered the ball goalwards, Walker's parry was strong but merely sent it upwards, sky-high before it dropped, perfectly, off the underside of the bar, rolling over the line. With the inevitable mistake, the game-changing moment, he sunk in despair as MacDonald led a celebration that was far more elaborate than any football at this level.

Straight from the kick off, Dowson's men upped the pressure, Bobby Traynor stole the ball off the toe of a defender, and played an inch-perfect ball through to his strike-partner Chaaban, his touch inside found space, his powerful finish from 18 yards found the back of the net, there was no blaming the keeper for that. Ks led 3-2.

Despite suffering a nightmare of a minute, Cray were not broken. Down the other end they went, with Aaron Day first calling Neil Jenkins into sliding, goal-line heroics before Mark Willey could only volley at fresh air with the goal gaping, somehow the home side hung on. Chances came and went at the other end as both Hutchinson and Traynor went close with headers. Cray pressure continued but Hutchinson appeared on a one man 'you shall not pass'-type mission and was in one of those moods where he didn't even want Tolfrey to make a save.

As Tait, Selley and Gordon entered the fray for the hosts, it was Tait's first contribution that sealed the game. Alimi won the ball around the edge of the area, and found Tait. The striker was coolness personified as he took a touch and placed the ball perfectly out of Walker's reach and into the bottom corner. It was 4-2, Cray's resistance was crushed and the final 12 minutes were uncharacteristically comfortable.

Three wins on the bounce for Kingstonian, three wins against top teams. After the worst spell this management team have had at this club, they've come out fighting and performing, it was a crazy minute that made the difference, but another good performance, another 3 points and the good ship Kingstonian, with Dowse at the helm, keeps on sailing.

Sat 8th Oct 2011
Kingsmeadow Stadium
Isthmian League Premier
Huckle, MacDonald, Chaaban, Tait
Cray Wanderers2
1Rob Tolfrey
2Chris Page
3Neil Jenkins
4Gary MacDonald
5Tom Hutchinson
6Romone McCrae15
7Sam Clayton12
8Simon HuckleCautioned
9Bobby Traynor
10Ali Chaaban14
11Bashiru Alimi
12Allan Tait7
14Michael Gordon10
15Ian Selley6
16Lynvall Duncan
17Jake Whincup
Match Report By
Jamie Cutteridge