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Worthing
Kingstonian
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 712

Goalless Draw at Worthing Leaves K's Tottering

A 0-0 draw at Worthing is usually a good result, but under the current circumstances...

Match report by Simon Grier

A goalless draw away at Worthing was not in itself a bad result, or performance, for Ks, particularly with talismanic striker Ryan Moss out of action. But thanks to fellow strugglers Burgess Hill Town recording an unlikely win away to Harrow Borough, it saw Ks fall back into the relegation zone.

Craig Edwards has undoubtedly installed a new sense of purpose into Ks but it might not be enough to save them from the drop.

The game was far from a classic – Worthing are themselves on an extended run of poor form with only one win and four goals in their last ten games – and much of the encounter was nervy.

Rob Tolfrey was slightly the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half though, making a reflex one-handed save to deny former Ks man Dan Summers after good work by David Herbert. Summers pulled an effort wide shortly afterwards while Ks failed to force Kieron Thorp into a save all half, although his full-back Sam Rents helped him out by clearing an Alan Inns header off the line.

Joe Turner volleyed wide after the interval but the game remained cagey until both sides had moments where they rode their luck towards the end. Worthing substitute Lloyd Dawes beat Tolfrey after a Louis Clark cross only to see his effort rebound off the inside of the post before Ks substitute Charles Banya lobbed Thorp only for the ball to rebound back off the bar.

Taken at another point in the season a draw at Worthing might have been looked on quite fondly by Ks fans – but right now they need a win, if not two, and time is running out to get them.

Worthing: Kieron Thorp, Will Hendon, Sam Rents, Kane Wills, Jack Cook, Tom Cadman, Harvey Sparks, Brannon O'Neill, Dan Summers, David Herbert, Louis Clark.

Subs: Lloyd Dawes (for David Herbert, 59m), Ethan Belward, Ben Pope (for Dan Summers, 80m), Henry Watson, Matt Boiling.

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

Subs: Lewis Taylor, Nash Doukoure, Charles Banya (for Pelayo Pico Gomez, 67m), Aaron Lamont (for Youssef Bamba, 59m), Aaron Goode.

Attendance: 712

Highlights

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80:00 Sub Off
Dan Summers is substituted off for Worthing
80:00 Sub On
Ben Pope is substituted on for Worthing
67:00 Sub Off
Pelayo Pico Gomez is substituted off for Kingstonian
67:00 Sub On
Charles Banya is substituted on for Kingstonian
59:00 Sub Off
Youssef Bamba is substituted off for Kingstonian
59:00 Sub On
Aaron Lamont is substituted on for Kingstonian
59:00 Sub Off
David Herbert is substituted off for Worthing
59:00 Sub On
Lloyd Dawes is substituted on for Worthing
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  • Worthing
  • Kingstonian
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  • Youssef Bamba Sub Off 59:00'
  • Aaron Lamont Sub On 59:00'
  • David Herbert Sub Off 59:00'
  • Lloyd Dawes Sub On 59:00'
  • Pelayo Pico Gomez Sub Off 67:00'
  • Charles Banya Sub On 67:00'
  • Dan Summers Sub Off 80:00'
  • Ben Pope Sub On 80:00'

Team selection

Worthing
  • 1. Kieron Thorp
  • 2. Will Hendon
  • 3. Sam Rents
  • 4. Kane Wills
  • 5. Jack Cook
  • 6. Tom Cadman
  • 7. Harvey Sparks
  • 8. Brannon O'Neill
  • 9. Dan Summers
  • 10. David Herbert
  • 11. Louis Clark
  • 12. Lloyd Dawes
  • 13. Ethan Belward
  • 14. Ben Pope
  • 15. Henry Watson
  • 16. Matt Boiling

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