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Billericay Town
Kingstonian
J Ellul (81' Sent Off)
Full time
L Taylor (90')
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 1,141

K's Stun Title Favourites With Last Minute Win

Lewis Taylor is one of a team of heroes as his goal in the 90th minute gives K's an outstanding 1-0 win at Billericay Town.

Report by Jamie Cutteridge

Kingstonian began their season with a trip to big-spending Billericay and came away with… Sorry, just give us a second… yeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssss! Anyway, professionalism. Ks, without a ground, with low expectations (but a delightful pre-season trip to Gibraltar) took on Jermaine Pennant, Jamie O’Hara, Paul Konchesky, a bunch of good non-league players bought from divisions above and quite the mural along the back of the new main stand… and won 1-0 after Lewis Taylor scored in injury time. It was a timely reminder that football is stupid and brilliant and really, really stupid but unquestionably brilliant.

Make no mistake, this was no smash and grab from Ks. The first half was even and while neither side created any clear-cut chances, both had decent spells of possession and pressure but defences stayed on top. In fact, the closest both sides came to scoring was from free kicks; Toby Little’s was saved by Alan Julian while Pennant fired two off target.

If the first half saw Ks stay solid in defense, the second half was bit more… let’s say, last-ditch. After making three changes before the hour mark, Glenn Tamplin’s side began to assert themselves, as towering sub Adam Cunnington came on to cause repeated havoc in the Ks area, as the visitors were pinned back, clearing cross after cross, blocking shot after shot and heading it out for corner after corner. Jake Robinson came closest for ‘Ricay, heading against the post, while Billy Bricknell caused problems all afternoon. Despite the pressure, Ks’ back five of Rob Tolfrey, Aaron Goode, Sam Page, Paul Rodgers and Toby Little, who had never played together before, were immense – if the ball was there, they were getting something on it.

As the pressure built, so did Ks’ threat on the counter. Lewis Taylor tested Julian from a tight angle in a taste of what was to come, and Ricky Sappleton’s audacious attempt to chip the keeper from 30 yards came up short - this was not the big man’s most important contribution. With just over ten minutes to go, his poked through ball put Tom Derry through, and as Joe Ellul tried to deny Derry, he brought down the striker down and was rightly shown a red card. Minutes later, it seemed like Ks had missed their big chance; Pennant's poor clearance fell to Taylor, whose shot was parried away by Julian into the path of the onrushing Jack Parter. The angle was tight, his header was stooping and the ball… rolled agonisingly against the post and into Julian’s arms.

Ks were still to have the last word however. As Tamplin’s 10 men continued to search for a winner, Ks broke and Taylor found himself with a bit of space, running into the area. He smashed the ball high past Julian into the near post. Madness. Fans flew everywhere. Taylor hugged everyone in sight. We can’t explain what Rambo did on the touchline.

And after that… prime game management during the two and a half hours (ed: that might be an exaggeration, although it felt like it)of stoppage time. Ks are a better Bostik side than plucky underdogs, but a win over the heaviest favourites the league has ever seen felt more like a cup upset than the first day of the season. Ks, to a man, worked tirelessly, fought like lions and came out kings of Tamplin’s jungle. They’re those stars up in the sky, they’re those mountain peaks up high… they’re Kingston’s greatest.

Billericay Town: Alan Julian, Kevin Foley, Paul Konchesky, Joe Ellul, Robert Evans, Sam Deering, Leo Chambers, Jermaine Pennant, Billy Bricknell, Louie Theophanous, Robert Davies.

Subs: Matthew Payne, Jake Robinson (for Robert Evans, HT), Adam Cunnington (for Kevin Foley, 55m), Josh Urquhart, Danny Waldren (for Robert Davies, 34m).

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Aaron Goode, Toby Little, Manolis Gogonas, Sam Page, Paul Rodgers, Alec Fiddes, Lewis Taylor, Tom Derry, Charlie Taylor, Jack Parter.

Subs: Rokas Janilionis, Donovan Simmonds (for Alec Fiddes, 74m), Ricky Sappleton (for Charlie Taylor, 66m), Ben Ward-Cochrane, Ibby Akanbi.

Sent off: Ben Ellul (81m, foul on Tom Derry)

Goalscorer: Lewis Taylor (90m, 0-1)

Attendance: 1,141

Key moments

81:00
Red Card Joe Ellul is sent off for Billericay Town
90:00
Goal Lewis Taylor scores for Kingstonian

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 0 - 1
Lewis Taylor scores for Kingstonian
81:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Joe Ellul is sent off for Billericay Town
74:00 Sub Off
Alec Fiddes is substituted off for Kingstonian
74:00 Sub On
Donovan Simmonds is substituted on for Kingstonian
66:00 Sub Off
Charlie Taylor is substituted off for Kingstonian
66:00 Sub On
Ricky Sappleton is substituted on for Kingstonian
55:00 Sub Off
Kevin Foley is substituted off for Billericay Town
55:00 Sub On
Adam Cunnington is substituted on for Billericay Town
45:01 Sub Off
Robert Evans is substituted off for Billericay Town
45:01 Sub On
Jake Robinson is substituted on for Billericay Town
End of period 1
34:00 Sub On
Danny Waldren is substituted on for Billericay Town
34:00 Sub Off
Robert Davies is substituted off for Billericay Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Billericay Town
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Robert Davies Sub Off 34:00'
  • Danny Waldren Sub On 34:00'
  • Jake Robinson Sub On 45:01'
  • Robert Evans Sub Off 45:01'
  • Kevin Foley Sub Off 55:00'
  • Adam Cunnington Sub On 55:00'
  • Charlie Taylor Sub Off 66:00'
  • Ricky Sappleton Sub On 66:00'
  • Alec Fiddes Sub Off 74:00'
  • Donovan Simmonds Sub On 74:00'
  • Joe Ellul Red Card 81:00'
  • Lewis Taylor Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Kingstonian
Billericay Town
  • 1. Alan Julian
  • 2. Kevin Foley
  • 3. Paul Konchesky
  • 4. Joe Ellul
  • 5. Robert Evans
  • 6. Sam Deering
  • 7. Leo Chambers
  • 8. Jermaine Pennant
  • 9. Billy Bricknell
  • 10. Louis Theophanous
  • 11. Robert Davies
  • 12. Matthew Payne
  • 13. Jake Robinson
  • 14. Adam Cunnington
  • 15. Josh Urquhart
  • 16. Danny Waldren

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Burgess Hill Town
1
1
1
1
Staines Town
1
1
Folkestone Invicta
1
0
Dorking Wanderers
Merstham
4
1
Wingate & Finchley
0
1
Margate
Tooting & Mitcham United
1
1

League table

# Team Pl Pts
12. Merstham 22 27
13. Brightlingsea Regent 20 27
14. Kingstonian 21 26
15. Lowestoft Town 21 25
16. Thurrock 21 24
17. Enfield Town 19 23
18. Leatherhead 17 22

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