Ks great effort against strong team
Boys showed a committed performance against high quality opposition.
Chipstead started strongly and Ks took time to get into the game. Six minutes in, after a Kingstonian attack, Chipstead counter-attacked. A flowing move finished with the ball in the net. 0-1 to Chipstead after six minutes.
Chipstead were dominating midfield and had numerous chances in the next fifteen minutes. Excellent defending by Ks, especially Freddie, Archie and Stephen, kept Chipstead out. Ryan also pulled off some great saves.
After weathering this storm Kingstonian started to turn the opposition around and spend time in the other half with Mason stretching the defence. Unfortunately a routine throw in ended up in Ks’ box and the visitors’ forwards’ size and power meant a shot was scrambled in. At half-time the score was 0-2.
At the start of the second half Kingstonian played with more composure, with Conor winning good ball in midfield and linking up play so that Ks began to dominate.
A strong attack saw Ty unleash a drive which just hit the side netting. Several more promising moves by Callum and Fourat were brought short by foul play. Chances came from free kicks on the edge of the box, a highlight was Fourat’s dipping strike which hit the bar.
But Chipstead were strong and well-organised and Ks couldn’t turn their possession into goals. Chipstead also love a counter-attack, as they demonstrated again after 20 minutes, a long ball out of defence finding their winger, their striker and the net.
Ks never gave up and kept working hard but the third goal had given Chipstead more confidence. Some tired defending meant a clearance found a Chipstead full-back in plenty of space, 25 yards out. A powerful shot hit the underside of the bar and went in. Credit to the player, it was a brilliant strike.
A few seconds later the whistle went, with the final score 0-4. Chipstead deserved the victory but many spectators felt the scoreline didn’t fully reflect the game. Kingstonian matched their opponents for long periods and were unlucky not to convert their chances.
Man of the match was Freddie who combined committed defending with intelligent covering and passing.