Ks held to draw away
Boys on top but could not get the win
On 13 January Kingstonian Youth U12 Colts travelled to Chiswick to play Kew Park Rangers.
There was bad news for Ks before kick off as a couple of the regulars, including super-keeper Ryan, weren't available. Mason took on the role of substitute goalkeeper in the first half, with Ty doing the honours in the second. Considering that neither plays between the sticks regularly, both did very well and should be proud of their contribution.
In the first half,slowly but surely, the red-and-white midfield and defence began to take control, keeping the ball on the ground and denying possession to KPR, including their 6-foot (probably) midfielder. Archie and Freddie especially closed down well and launched attack after attack from in front of their own box. Mason was very active and vocal running his defence.
But despite Ks dominating possession and getting into decent positions their final ball sometimes let them down, with lots of crosses going in flat where a pull-back might have been better. Many of the Ks final balls were easy pickings for the KPR keeper.
0-0 at half time but the Kingstonian fans had reason to believe that there would be goals in the second half.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with long periods of possession for Ks and some nice inter-passing moves. KPR tried counter-attacking with a few balls over the top but Ks defence were equal to it. The pressure was building with a couple of good chances going wide or being cleared off the line by KPR, whose keeper continued to do very well. Finally, with ten minutes to go, Mason (back playing up front) got hold of a bouncing clearance about 12 yards out and placed it calmly in the bottom left corner of the net. 0-1 to Kingstonian and very well-deserved.
They say you are at your most vulnerable immediately after scoring. So it turned out. Ks seemed to all switch off after the goal and suddenly stopped pressing, allowing KPR lots of space for midfielders to run at the box. A shot hit the side-netting and, 60 second later, a quality drive hit the back of the net, 1-1.
With the clock ticking down Ks did their best to get forward and score again, Fourat, Lucas and Callum making strong runs, but KPR held on for the draw.
At one level, given all their possession, the boys will be frustrated. However this wasn't a bad result, away from home to a decent side, especially given the team's shortage of players. Ks played some excellent football in the first two thirds of the pitch and have a quality performance to build on.
Man of the match wasn't an easy decision. It goes to Mason both for his quality goalkeeping in the first half, his strong hold-up play and his goal in the second.