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First Team - Match centre

Kingstonian
Harrow Borough
G Wells (1'), P Pico Gomez (5', 54'), T Smith (10'), R Beckles (77')
Full time
F Okenabirhie (88'), H Newman (90')
Sat 12 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 266

Lightning Fast Start Helps K's To Five Star Victory

Three goals in the first ten minutes puts Kingstonian on their way to a 5-2 victory over Harrow Borough.

Match report by Jamie Cutteridge.

There are tonnes of theories about the outside variables on Kingstonian performances; one suggests that Ks don't play well both with the wind (we overhit all of our passes) and against the wind (for more obvious reasons). Other theories involve the position of the sun, the angle of rain and whether Tommy Williams was seen wearing his flat cap pre-match.

But one theory stands tall above every other - Ks are a summer side. The Kingsmeadow fans have seen enough August booms and January busts, March runs following December swoons to know that when the pitches get boggy, we're liable to struggle; because for every Harold Odamatey, rampaging through the swamps of Essex, Ks have players like Pico, Bennett and Andre who, quite literally, get bogged down as pitches churn up.

And so, on a glorious March Saturday, Kingstonian's season was reignited with a 5-2 win over Harrow Borough. It took only 23 seconds to banish the winter blues. George Wells (another player who enjoyed a good winter) charged forward, exchanged passes with McCollin and took advantage of the huge hole in Harrow's rearguard to smash home. Minutes later it was two as some neat interplay between Ty Smith and Joe Turner found Pico in the box who made no mistake. And, within ten minutes of kickoff, it was three - Ty Smith ran onto a clever Pico backheel and fired low into the far corner to the delight and bemusement of the home support.

Ten minutes in, and it was game over.

The rest of the game fell into the pattern familiar of games declared over so early. Little in the way of urgency - one team knows the job is done, the other knows a comeback is unlikely. It's not that Ks didn't press- Joe McDonnell in the Harrow goal seemed intent on stopping Andre scoring. The only incident of note in the rest of the first half was a nasty looking injury to Sam Page, which, although not a broken foot as originally feared, could keep the Ks defender out for a while.

The second half did not start with the sheer madness of the first, but within ten minutes, Ks had a fourth, Pico taking advantage of some hilarious attempts at clearances to finish with a clever backheel. A fifth was added when Spencer McCall gave the ball away cheaply and a fine run from Pico down the left set up Reece Beckles, whose shot took a deflection but looped home. Harold had the chance to claim the goal for himself, but he later informed us that "you've got to have some integrity."

Oddly, it took the fifth goal to send Ks to sleep and wake Harrow up. Fejiri Okenabirhie enjoyed an odd 90 seconds as he fired wide with the goal gaping before beating Rob Tolfrey with what the young Harrow fans who livened up the second half would call 'an absolute worldie'. Harry Newman added a second as time wound down but the game was long gone. If the weather holds up, maybe Ks will be ok. Shorts and flip flops for the rest of the season, it is.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Aaron Goode, George Wells, Tyron Smith, Sam Page, Alan Inns, Dan Bennett, Harold Odametey, Pelayo Pico Gomez, Andre McCollin, Joe Turner.

Subs: Bruce Hogg (for Sam Page, 36m), Peter Dean (for Dan Bennett, 67m), Reece Beckles (for Andre McCollin, 70m), Ryan Newman, Sean Bonnett-Johnson.

Harrow Borough: Joe McDonnell, Michael Barima, James Dobson, David Taylor, Tom Willment, Spencer McCall, Michael Bryan, Joshua Webb, Marc Charles-Smith, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Harry Newman.

Subs: Lewis Driver (for David Taylor, HT), Brendan Hazlett, Dylan Cascoe (for Michael Bryan, 58m), Harry Rush, Josh Webb

Goalscorers: George Wells (23sec, 1-0), Pelayo Pico Gomez (5m, 2-0), Tyron Smith (10m, 3-0), Pelayo Pico Gomez (54m, 4-0), Reece Beckles (77m, 5-0), Fejiri Okenabirhie (88m, 5-1), Harry Newman (90m, 5-2)

Attendance: 266

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Key moments

1:00
Goal George Wells scores for Kingstonian
5:00
Goal Pelayo Pico Gomez scores for Kingstonian
10:00
Goal Tyron Smith scores for Kingstonian
54:00
Goal Pelayo Pico Gomez scores for Kingstonian
77:00
Goal Reece Beckles scores for Kingstonian
88:00
Goal Fejiri Okenabirhie scores for Harrow Borough
90:00
Goal Harry Newman scores for Harrow Borough

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 5 - 2
Harry Newman scores for Harrow Borough
88:00 Goal 5 - 1
Fejiri Okenabirhie scores for Harrow Borough
77:00 Goal 5 - 0
Reece Beckles scores for Kingstonian
70:00 Sub On
Reece Beckles is substituted on for Kingstonian
70:00 Sub Off
Andre McCollin is substituted off for Kingstonian
67:00 Sub On
Peter Dean is substituted on for Kingstonian
67:00 Sub Off
Dan Bennett is substituted off for Kingstonian
58:00 Sub On
Dylan Cascoe is substituted on for Harrow Borough
58:00 Sub Off
Michael Bryan is substituted off for Harrow Borough
54:00 Goal 4 - 0
Pelayo Pico Gomez scores for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Lewis Driver is substituted on for Harrow Borough
45:01 Sub Off
David Taylor is substituted off for Harrow Borough
End of period 1
36:00 Sub Off
Sam Page is substituted off for Kingstonian
36:00 Sub On
Bruce Hogg is substituted on for Kingstonian
10:00 Goal 3 - 0
Tyron Smith scores for Kingstonian
5:00 Goal 2 - 0
Pelayo Pico Gomez scores for Kingstonian
1:00 Goal 1 - 0
George Wells scores for Kingstonian
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Harrow Borough
  • 0
  • George Wells Goal 1:00'
  • Pelayo Pico Gomez Goal 5:00'
  • Tyron Smith Goal 10:00'
  • Sam Page Sub Off 36:00'
  • Bruce Hogg Sub On 36:00'
  • David Taylor Sub Off 45:01'
  • Lewis Driver Sub On 45:01'
  • Pelayo Pico Gomez Goal 54:00'
  • Michael Bryan Sub Off 58:00'
  • Dylan Cascoe Sub On 58:00'
  • Dan Bennett Sub Off 67:00'
  • Peter Dean Sub On 67:00'
  • Andre McCollin Sub Off 70:00'
  • Reece Beckles Sub On 70:00'
  • Reece Beckles Goal 77:00'
  • Fejiri Okenabirhie Goal 88:00'
  • Harry Newman Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Harrow Borough
  • 1. Joe McDonnell
  • 2. Michael Barima
  • 3. James Dobson
  • 4. David Taylor
  • 5. Tom Willment
  • 6. Spencer McCall
  • 7. Michael Bryan
  • 8. Joshua Webb
  • 9. Marc Charles-Smith
  • 10. Fejiri Okenabirhie
  • 11. Harry Newman
  • 12. Lewis Driver
  • 13. Brendan Hazlett
  • 14. Dylan Cascoe
  • 15. Harry Rush
  • 16. Josh Webb

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hampton & Richmond Borough 46 95
2. Bognor Regis Town 46 94
3. East Thurrock United 46 91
4. Tonbridge Angels 46 85
5. Dulwich Hamlet 46 81
6. Enfield Town 46 80
7. Kingstonian 46 73

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