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First Team - Match centre

Burgess Hill Town
Kingstonian
C Wassmer (65' OG), L Rodrigues (2')
Full time
A Inns (61')
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 438

Tommy Williams' Reign Ends As K's Enter Relegation Zone

Another poor performance puts K's in the bottom four and club's patience runs out.

match report by Simon Grier

Given how quickly after the final the whistle the board acted, it was almost certainly pre-determined that Tommy Williams would be sacked if Ks lost to Burgess Hill Town.

The defeat - a sixth on the bounce - brought to an end a nearly three year reign for Williams and his assistant Graham Harper. Mainly it had been characterised by mid-table frustration - the good runs always punctured by a bad result, the worrying slumps always arrested with a good performance quite out of the blue.

Last year's triumph in the Alan Turvey Trophy perhaps papered over some cracks but even if Ks never looked like going up, until recent weeks they never looked like going down either. On-field stability brought some peace of mind, if not exactly a sense of excitement, while off-field matters have dominated the mind.

But suddenly since Christmas, that middling form crashed into a dramatic and worrying slide - talk of relegation flying almost week-by-week through the spectrum of a joke, a bit of a joke, a possibility and a probability before reaching the point of being a near certainty if Ks didn't do something to arrest their worst run of form in recent memory. Even in the ill-fated 2004/05 season under Scott Steele's management and the Khoslas' ownership, Ks never went ten games without a win as they have now.

Williams was popular as both a player and as a person, and if Ks avoid the drop then that may well remain his legacy at the club. But that is now in Craig Edwards' hands rather than his own.

Williams' last grasp at turning Ks' form around got off to an inauspicious start. Before we'd even made it into the ground - delayed by Southern Rail offering only a replacement bus service to Burgess Hill, our inability to finish games of darts and pool in decent time and then a slow pizza order - the Hillians were in front through Lucas Rodgrigues after Ks failed to clear a corner.

Ks won about half a dozen first half corners but none of them, nor indeed any other move, led to a shot on target or a clear-cut chance. In fact the home side looked far more like doubling their lead, Pat Harding forcing Rob Tolfrey into two good saves, one after Rodrigues teed him up and one at full stretch from a fierce 20-yarder.

Almost straight after the break Rodrigues forced Tolfrey into another save and the game continued to drift until Ks equalised quite out of the blue on the hour mark, Alan Inns heading a long free kick into the box over goalkeeper James Shaw.

But if that was to be Ks' lifeline it was short-lived. Burgess Hill retook the lead just five minutes later when Charlie Wassmer misdirected a Rodrigues cross past the stranded Tolfrey. Rather than offering any threat in the last 25 minutes Ks mainly spent it looking bewildered, only Tolfrey impressing when he made another fine save in stoppage time to deny Tyrell Richardson-Brown.

Around an hour later, the club parted company with Williams and his assistant Graham Harper. Whether Edwards can stop this slide of form in the six remaining games will now determine whether it also parts company from the Ryman Premier as well as Kingsmeadow in four weeks' time.

Burgess Hill Town: James Shaw, Ibrahim Diallo, Leon Redwood, Toby Pointing, Cheick Toure, Sam Fisk, Pat Harding, Pierre Hazet, Lee Harding, Aaron Smith-Joseph, Lucas Rodrigues.

Subs: Jack Brivio (for Toby Pointing, 68m), Teddy West, James Richmond, Guy Bolton, Tyrell Richardson-Brown (for Aaron Smith-Joseph, 89m)

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Jordan Gibbons, Keir Dickson, Lee O'Leary, Charlie Wassmer, Alan Inns, Joe Turner, Shaun McAuley, Ryan Moss, Pelayo Pico Gomez, Charles Banya.

Subs: Sam Page, Sean Bonnett-Johnson (for Shaun McAuley, 77m), Youssef Bamba (for Pelayo Pico Gomez, HT), Lewis Taylor (for Charles Banya, HT), Tom Derry.

Goalscorers: Lucas Rodrigues (2m, 1-0), Alan Inns (61m, 1-1), Charlie Wassmer (65m og, 2-1)

Attendance: 438

Key moments

2:00
Goal Lucas Rodrigues scores for Burgess Hill Town
61:00
Goal Alan Inns scores for Kingstonian
65:00
Own Goal Charlie Wassmer scores an own goal

Highlights

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89:00 Sub Off
Aaron Smith-Joseph is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
89:00 Sub On
Tyrell Richardson-Brown is substituted on for Burgess Hill Town
77:00 Sub Off
Shaun McAuley is substituted off for Kingstonian
77:00 Sub On
Sean Bonnett-Johnson is substituted on for Kingstonian
68:00 Sub Off
Toby Pointing is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
68:00 Sub On
Jack Brivio is substituted on for Burgess Hill Town
65:00 Own Goal 2 - 1
Charlie Wassmer scores an own goal
61:00 Goal 1 - 1
Alan Inns scores for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub Off
Pelayo Pico Gomez is substituted off for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Youssef Bamba is substituted on for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub Off
Charles Banya is substituted off for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Lewis Taylor is substituted on for Kingstonian
End of period 1
2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Lucas Rodrigues scores for Burgess Hill Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Burgess Hill Town
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Lucas Rodrigues Goal 2:00'
  • Pelayo Pico Gomez Sub Off 45:01'
  • Youssef Bamba Sub On 45:01'
  • Charles Banya Sub Off 45:01'
  • Lewis Taylor Sub On 45:01'
  • Alan Inns Goal 61:00'
  • Charlie Wassmer Own Goal 65:00'
  • Toby Pointing Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jack Brivio Sub On 68:00'
  • Shaun McAuley Sub Off 77:00'
  • Sean Bonnett-Johnson Sub On 77:00'
  • Aaron Smith-Joseph Sub Off 89:00'
  • Tyrell Richardson-Brown Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

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

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