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Wealdstone 4-1 Kingstonian

With defeats at the hands of Lowestoft and Billericay having ended Ks' belated play-off hopes, they only had pride to play for on a trip to Wealdstone. The game once again, however, showed the gap between Ks and the best sides in the division, as the in-form hosts took advantage of Ian Gayle's early dismissal to secure a rampant 4-1 win.

The game had been close in the early stages, with few chances at either end. Its character changed on 25 minutes though, when Gayle was caught out by James Mulley and hauled him down for a professional foul. The referee did not hesitate to brandish his red card.

Stones did not take immediate advantage but eventually made the extra man tell on 40 minutes. Lee Chappell collected a through ball and his angled 25-yarder went through Rob Tolfrey's hands to put the home side a goal up.

Ex-K Ashlee Jones, in the Wealdstone goal, had little to do in the first half but eventually saved from Bobby Traynor just before the interval, while Stones scrambled the ball wide following a set piece.

Just after the break Mulley fired over, before Ks came back into the game quite out of the blue. Sean Cronin hauled Allan Tait down in the box following a long ball, and Traynor did his customary from 12 yards.

The equal scoreline would be short-lived however. Tolfrey saved a Chappell header but just three minutes after the equaliser, Tom Pett picked out Alan Dowson's target from last summer Richard Jolly, who fired emphatically past the goalkeeper.

Wealdstone dominated the final half hour, with Pett hitting the post before teeing substitute Peter Dean up to fire home for 3-1. Ks' day got worse when stand-in centre-back Simon Huckle was carried off with an ankle injury, and despite an incredible Dean miss when he hit the crossbar from close range, the fourth goal soon came. Connor Smith lobbed Tolfrey after beating what might loosely be described as an offside trap to latch onto a Scott McCubbin through ball.

Dowson was critical of his defence after the game, and questioned whether Gayle's presence would have made a difference given some of their errors. The third consecutive defeat has signalled an emphatic end to Ks' good run of form, and the decline will need to be sharply arrested if they are to salvage something from a disappointing season with London Senior Cup glory.

Sat 7th Apr 2012
St George's Stadium
Isthmian League Premier
Traynor (pen)
1Rob Tolfrey
2Aaron GoodeCautioned
3Chris Page16
4Gary MacDonald
5Ian GayleCautioned
6Simon Huckle14
7Ryan Woods12
8Allan Tait
9Bobby Traynor
10Saheed SankohCautioned
11Sam Clayton
12Matt Pattison7
14Tom Hutchinson6
15Luke Wanadio
16Louis-Rae Beadle3
17Jake Whincup
Match Report By
Simon Grier