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Kingstonian
Burgess Hill Town
R Moss (62'), J Turner (82')
Full time
Mon 3 Apr 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 349

K's Win.

That is all.

Match report by Taimour Lay.

When did you realise we were leaving Kingsmeadow? Sure, we were told a couple of years ago, on a fateful New Years Eve, that a move away was on the cards in principle. Some might say that was more than enough of a hint to get psychologically ready. The beginning of the end at least.

Then it was confirmed for the end of 2016/2017. An actual date. No going back from that. A finite number of home league games to calculate. The end of the beginning of the end.

Finally, the announcement of Leatherhead as a groundshare. This was the surely the final end-game. The future was no longer an abstract fear. There was a plan that could be visualised and pondered and debated. Only an idiot could remain in denial.

In between, of course, there have been innumerable forum posts, tweets, blogs, terrace conversations, newspaper articles and semi-literate bedsheet banners.

These things, over a protracted period of time, could all reasonably be described as warning signs that Kingstonian’s departure was real, imminent and irreversible.

But, for me, despite everything and each item of evidence that had slowly accumulated, I swear the emotional penny didn’t truly drop until precisely 9.12pm on Monday 3 April 2017.

Ryan Moss had just scored. It was a goal so important that the joy all around us was adulterated by equal measures of relief and anger and disbelief and adrenalin-fuelled hysteria. Not for a long time has there been a moment at Kingsmeadow like it. Three hundred fans should not be able to lift the roof off. But we did. Even – and especially – a packed Block M in the main stand leapt and swayed and hugged and hollered.

And it mattered. Not beating Burgess Hill would almost certainly have meant the drift to relegation would continue. We needed this. We hadn’t seen a K’s win in over two months, 120 hours of grim frustration and pain and boredom.

After a positive first-half, with new manager Craig Edwards already imposing a tempo and structure which looked likely to succeed, K’s advanced further and closer to breaking the deadlock. The tension wound up a delicious notch with each passing minute.

Then a cross, a curious downward header from Lee O’Leary which struck the bar and there was Ryan Moss at the far post to direct the rebound into the back of the net.

Bedlam.

A feeling of being utterly present in that one moment.

But then something else in parallel – a sort of Isthmian PTSD flashback to other moments, other goals, other feelings at Kingsmeadow: 25 years of jumping up and down under the lights, as a schoolboy on a Tuesday evening when homework was due, as a young man avoiding new life-decisions by sticking to old routines, now as an adult racing back from work and stress and an ever-creeping sense of mortality to catch a 7.45 kick-off.

It’s different at night. It always was. The bright lights create dark places under the terrace, the blue-black night sky envelops the stadium’s edges so that the only thing that exists in the world for 90 minutes is what the floodlights illuminate inside.

And then it dawned on me. This really was so close to the end. The final game under floodlights here I would ever attend. It was over. It had happened in slow motion. But it had happened all the same.

Ten minutes later, Joe Turner raced down the left, cut inside and belted a 20 yard shot to make it 2-0. He sprinted towards the John Smiths stand screaming his head off as the K’s fans did exactly the same.

A Ryman/primal scream. I can’t be sure what others were screaming about. But it felt like more than just another goal.

There’s two more games at Kingsmeadow but I’ve said my goodbye.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Sean Bonnett-Johnson, George Wells, Lee O'Leary, Sam Page, Alan Inns, Youssef Bamba, Shaun McAuley, Ryan Moss, Tom Derry, Joe Turner.

Subs: Lewis Taylor (for Ryan Moss, 88m), Jake Kempton, Charles Banya, Aaron Lamont (for Youssef Bamba, 73m), Keir Dickson (for George Wells, HT)

Burgess Hill Town: James Shaw, Ibrahim Diallo, Leon Redwood, WIll Miles, Cheick Toure, Sam Fisk, Jack Brivio, Pierre Hazet, Lee Harding, Aaron Smith-Jordan, Lucas Rodrigues.

Subs: Pat Harding (for Leon Redwood, 79m), Guy Bolton (for Aaron Smith-Joseph, 85m), James Richmond (for Pierre Hazet, 79m), Toby Pointing, Stuart Tuck.

Goalscorers: Ryan Moss (62m, 1-0), Joe Turner (82m, 2-0)

Attendance: 349

Key moments

62:00
Goal Ryan Moss scores for Kingstonian
82:00
Goal Joe Turner scores for Kingstonian

Highlights

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88:00 Sub Off
Ryan Moss is substituted off for Kingstonian
88:00 Sub On
Lewis Taylor is substituted on for Kingstonian
85:00 Sub Off
Aaron Smith-Joseph is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
85:00 Sub On
Guy Bolton is substituted on for Burgess Hill Town
82:00 Goal 2 - 0
Joe Turner scores for Kingstonian
79:00 Sub Off
Leon Redwood is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
79:00 Sub On
Pat Harding is substituted on for Burgess Hill Town
79:00 Sub Off
Pierre Hazet is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
79:00 Sub On
James Richmond is substituted on for Burgess Hill Town
73:00 Sub Off
Youssef Bamba is substituted off for Kingstonian
73:00 Sub On
Aaron Lamont is substituted on for Kingstonian
62:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ryan Moss scores for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub Off
George Wells is substituted off for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Keir Dickson is substituted on for Kingstonian
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Burgess Hill Town
  • 0
  • George Wells Sub Off 45:01'
  • Keir Dickson Sub On 45:01'
  • Ryan Moss Goal 62:00'
  • Youssef Bamba Sub Off 73:00'
  • Aaron Lamont Sub On 73:00'
  • Leon Redwood Sub Off 79:00'
  • Pat Harding Sub On 79:00'
  • Pierre Hazet Sub Off 79:00'
  • James Richmond Sub On 79:00'
  • Joe Turner Goal 82:00'
  • Aaron Smith-Joseph Sub Off 85:00'
  • Guy Bolton Sub On 85:00'
  • Ryan Moss Sub Off 88:00'
  • Lewis Taylor Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Burgess Hill Town
  • 1. James Shaw
  • 2. Ibrahim Diallo
  • 3. Leon Redwood
  • 4. Will Miles
  • 5. Cheick Toure
  • 6. Sam Fisk
  • 7. Jack Brivio
  • 8. Pierre Hazet
  • 9. Lee Harding
  • 10. Aaron Smith-Joseph
  • 11. Lucas Rodrigues
  • 12. Pat Harding
  • 14. Guy Bolton
  • 15. James Richmond
  • 16. Toby Pointing
  • 17. Stuart Tuck

League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Worthing 46 56
15. Folkestone Invicta 46 55
16. Kingstonian 46 55
17. Metropolitan Police 46 54
18. Hendon 46 54
19. Burgess Hill Town 46 54
20. Merstham 46 53

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