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Kingstonian
Burgess Hill Town
Mon 14 Aug 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 252

K's Held to a Draw by Brave Hillians

K's and injury-hit Burgess Hill Town battle to a 0-0 draw at Fetcham Grove.

Match report by Rupert Cane.

Jamie Cutteridge's post-match interview with Kingstonian manager Craig Edwards can be seen here.

It was the home fixture against Burgess Hill last season that kickstarted Kingstonian’s dramatic survival bid. It was Craig Edwards’s first win as boss, and his new team shone in our final fixture at Kingsmeadow under the lights. The defence were solid, recording a first league clean sheet in almost four months. Further forward, the team’s best striker and midfielder each found the net. The 2-0 victory paved the way for a glorious escape from relegation.

Burgess Hill too just avoided the drop, and so Monday’s encounter remained an Isthmian Premier Division one. But the parallels stop there.

For this was Kingstonian’s first ‘home’ game at Leatherhead’s Fetcham Grove. We had all been there before, but this time felt so very different. For some, a well-received free club coach from Kingston. For others, a walk to the ground through sleepy Leatherhead, and over the quaint River Mole. Inside, no sign of blue, but a lot of green. The main stand seats. Burgess’s kit. The immaculate pitch and the leafy trees that line it, etc., etc.

The bar is bright and white and small. The caged outdoor drinking area was a welcome change and rendered the necking of pints before kick-off (a Kingsmeadow staple) unnecessary.

A healthy crowd of 252 suggests a good number of those who watched us at Kingsmeadow will continue to do so in Leatherhead, even if that figure was likely boosted by the famous win at Billericay a couple of days earlier.

‘Home’ fans hopeful for more of the same saw another fine defensive performance from Edwards’s side. We have now recorded four consecutive clean sheets, a notable achievement at any level of football.

Going forward, though, K’s were mostly blunted. It will be up to the boss to make sure we sufficiently replace the goal threat of Ryan Moss and Joe Turner, the difference-makers in last season’s corresponding fixture.

K’s were sometimes threatening before the break. The best chance fell to Charlie Taylor after his strike partner Tom Derry had blocked a defensive clearance, but the visiting keeper saved with his foot. Left-wing loanee Jack Parter headed against the bar and the offside flag denied Taylor on the rebound.

Sam Page had a looping header cleared off the line. Ricky Sappleton, a replacement for the injured Taylor shortly before half-time, then nearly bulldozed his way past the keeper.

As night drew near, K’s worsened. Suffering from the exertions of hanging on against big-spending Billericay for long periods, our final-third play lacked the requisite zip to break through a stubborn Burgess rearguard. When set-piece possibilities presented themselves, they were wasted.

So, goalless it finished. The football will quickly be forgotten – hardly a surprise there - but the landmark occasion will certainly not be.
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, Ricky Sappleton (for Charlie Taylor, 36m), Ben Ward-Cochrane, Ibby Akanbi (for Alec Fiddes, 78m).

Burgess Hill Town: James Shaw, Ibrahim Diallo, Sam Fisk, Will Miles, Cheick Toure, James Richmond, Pat Harding, Hakeem Adelakun, Tony Garrod, Aaron Smith-Joseph, Jack Brivio.

Subs: Joey Taylor, Matt Nezval (for Tony Garrod, 36m), Brandon Diau, Tim Cook (for Matt Nezval, 71m), Guy Bolton (for Will Miles, 10m).

Attendance: 252

Highlights

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78:00 Sub Off
Alec Fiddes is substituted off for Kingstonian
78:00 Sub On
Ibby Akanbi is substituted on for Kingstonian
71:00 Sub Off
Matt Nezval is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
71:00 Sub On
Tim Cook is substituted on for Burgess Hill Town
End of period 1
36:00 Sub Off
Charlie Taylor is substituted off for Kingstonian
36:00 Sub On
Ricky Sappleton is substituted on for Kingstonian
36:00 Sub Off
Tony Garrod is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
36:00 Sub On
Matt Nezval is substituted on for Burgess Hill Town
10:00 Sub Off
Will Miles is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
10:00 Sub On
Guy Bolton is substituted on for Burgess Hill Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Burgess Hill Town
  • 0
  • Will Miles Sub Off 10:00'
  • Guy Bolton Sub On 10:00'
  • Charlie Taylor Sub Off 36:00'
  • Ricky Sappleton Sub On 36:00'
  • Tony Garrod Sub Off 36:00'
  • Matt Nezval Sub On 36:00'
  • Matt Nezval Sub Off 71:00'
  • Tim Cook Sub On 71:00'
  • Alec Fiddes Sub Off 78:00'
  • Ibby Akanbi Sub On 78:00'

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# 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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