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Kingstonian
Havant & Waterlooville
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 1,205

Goalless Draw Ends K's Time at Kingsmeadow

A result that definitely keeps K's up and definitely gives Hawks the league title.

Match report by Jamie Cutteridge.

“This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.” The Hollow Men T. S. Elliot.

Did you dream about Ks last game at Kingsmeadow? What did you expect? After a somewhat meandering season, Ks impressive late charge towards the relegation zone at least offered hope that the last afternoon down Jack Goodchild Way might mean something, as Tolfs came forward to bundle in a corner to keep Ks in the Isthmian Premier. Surely that was how the script was written?

Well… no. Selfishly, Craig Edwards and his competence ruined all of that, as 10 points from the previous four games ensured a stress-free final day at home for Ks, barring a 14 goal swing and a heap of other results going the wrong way.

Instead, the real drama came courtesy of the visitors, Havant and Waterlooville, at the other end of the table, who knew a win, or any kind of slip up from Bognor, would ensure them of the title and promotion to the National League South.

For much of the game, it was pretty tough to tell which side were seeking promotion and which had narrowly avoided relegation. Ks were tough, resilient, disciplined and carried the bigger threat in the first half through a combination of Ryan Moss’ strength, Joe Turner’s direct running and Aaron Lamont’s guile. Charlie Wassmer came close with a header and Tom Derry failed to corral a cross under pressure from the visitor’s defense. At the other end, Rob Tolfrey impressively tipped Theo Lewis’ header over the crossbar.

An early second half goal for Bognor against Met Police gave Havant the nudge they needed and most of the last half hour was played out in the Ks half. However an impressive Ks back five kept the visitors at bay – Sam Page and Wassmer both threw themselves in front of everything and on the one occasion they didn’t make it, Jason Prior was wasteful at the back post and could only find the side-netting. Lewis came close to providing a goal worthy of winning any title, meeting James Hayter’s cross with a gorgeous bicycle kick that was inches away from perfection, but instead bounced off the crossbar and over. But it didn’t matter, Bognor conceded and could only draw, so Kingmeadow's goaless afternoon sufficed for the visitors. Havant celebrated, claiming the title and sparking the rare sight of both sets of fans invading the pitch – one lot starting the title-winning party, the other saying goodbye to their home of three decades.

There was no late, romantic winner. In fact the only real fireworks came from an impromptu display in a nearby back garden. Instead, as the minute’s ticked down the atmosphere softened: stories were shared and a few final blasts of “Walking down Jack Goodchild way” were shouted, shouted with a new sense of mournfulness.

Ks final afternoon at Kingsmeadow then – no drama, no on field importance for the hosts, instead mere bystanders in someone else’s story, watching on forgotten as the world sent congratulations to another team. Which I guess was sadly fitting.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Sean Bonnett-Johnson, George Wells, Lee O'Leary, Sam Page, Charlie Wassmer, Aaron Lamont, Shaun McAuley, Ryan Moss, Tom Derry, Joe Turner.

Subs: Aaron Goode (for Aaron Lamont, 83m), Lewis Taylor (for Sean Bonnett-Johnson, 83m), Charles Banya, Keir Dickson (for Lee O'Leary, 90m), Nash Doukoure.

Havant and Waterlooville: Ryan Young, Dan Strugnell, Rory Williams, Brian Stock, Lee Molyneaux, Ed Harris, Wes Fogden, Ryan Woodford, Jason Prior, Theo Lewis, Alfie Rutherford.

Subs: Jordan Rose, James Hayter (for Alfie Rutherford, 76m), Michael Carter (for Brian Stock, 38m), Bradley Tarbuck, George Barker (for Wes Fogden, 59m).

Attendance: 1,205

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Lee O'Leary is substituted off for Kingstonian
90:00 Sub On
Keir Dickson is substituted on for Kingstonian
83:00 Sub Off
Sean Bonnett-Johnson is substituted off for Kingstonian
83:00 Sub On
Lewis Taylor is substituted on for Kingstonian
83:00 Sub Off
Aaron Lamont is substituted off for Kingstonian
83:00 Sub On
Aaron Goode is substituted on for Kingstonian
76:00 Sub Off
Alfie Rutherford is substituted off for Havant & Waterlooville
76:00 Sub On
Jordan Rose is substituted on for Havant & Waterlooville
59:00 Sub Off
Wes Fogden is substituted off for Havant & Waterlooville
59:00 Sub On
George Barker is substituted on for Havant & Waterlooville
End of period 1
38:00 Sub Off
Brian Stock is substituted off for Havant & Waterlooville
38:00 Sub On
Michael Carter is substituted on for Havant & Waterlooville
Start of the game
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  • Kingstonian
  • Havant & Waterlooville
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  • Brian Stock Sub Off 38:00'
  • Michael Carter Sub On 38:00'
  • Wes Fogden Sub Off 59:00'
  • George Barker Sub On 59:00'
  • Alfie Rutherford Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jordan Rose Sub On 76:00'
  • Sean Bonnett-Johnson Sub Off 83:00'
  • Lewis Taylor Sub On 83:00'
  • Aaron Lamont Sub Off 83:00'
  • Aaron Goode Sub On 83:00'
  • Lee O'Leary Sub Off 90:00'
  • Keir Dickson Sub On 90:00'

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