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Harrow Borough
Kingstonian
R Stanislaus (33' Pen, 35')
Full time
S Page (33' Sent Off)
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 227

K's Implode Again in First Half

Non-League Day the dampest of squibs for Kingstonian.

Match report by Taimour Lay

I hate Non League Day. And so Harrow is the perfect place to celebrate it.

First, let’s lay the myths to rest. The Bostik Prem is not a treat, a novelty, a legitimate leisure activity, “real” football in a hyper-commercial age, a last redoubt of damaged masculinity, an antidote to calcio moderno, a “good day out” or any of the things the marketing men on Twitter spout in a doomed attempt to attract 14 more people to Earlsmead or The Green Elephant Stadium or Imber Court on grey October afternoons. The Bostik Prem is hell. The Bostik Prem is where people go when the hope has gone. The Bostik Prem is habit. The Bostik Prem is a mistake that no one can rectify.

Sure enough, this was a Non League Day defined by one moment of calamity and one moment alone. It was the moment in the 30th minute when K’s left-back Toby Little sent a short, inviting, woefully misjudged backpass to keeper Rob Tolfrey. This led to another moment: Sam Page bringing down former K’s striker Charles Banya (whose career highlight to date was hitting the bar at Bognor during The Great Escape of Spring 2017).

Having failed to make the foul look sufficiently like a clumsy accident, Page was duly sent off, punished for the original sin he hadn't committed. Reis Stanislaus, whose publicly available wedding video I have watched as part of research for this match report, squeezed the ball home.

1-0 to Harrow and the 170 or so north London/Middlesex/Heathrow souls we call “The Cauldron” were boiling over with joy.

There was more to come. K’s were still readjusting to the prospect of 65 minutes with 10 men when Stanislaus scored his second, beating the unfortunate Tolfrey at the second attempt.

The Cauldron bubbled over. My old affection for Earlsmead returned. Harrow don’t pretend to be anything. Harrow neither trade on past glories nor harbour ambitions of progress. Harrow won’t build rooves behind the goal. Harrow don’t prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet. Harrow have a league table written by hand on a wall. Harrow have one banner. It says “One team in Harrow”, an entirely accurate statement of socio-geographical fact.

The match was done. But 50 K’s fans could hardly leave. Our £10 was in the Earlsmead coffers. The public transport options home were daunting. And there was the prospect of bread pudding in the tea bar.

Also, strangely, K’s were – and remained – the better side throughout. After a 5-1 shellacking on Tuesday at Burgess Hill, this may sound blinkered but this is probably the best K’s team since Andre and Ryan dovetailed at the Meadow and Tommy hugged us tight by the John Smiths.

Noel Mbo, on loan from Gillingham, ran the channels hard. Kane Haysman hit the post. New signing James Fraser, 28-goal James Fraser, has the gait and skill and vision of a young David Graham. Alec Fiddes, who is fluent in Spanish as evidenced by his Instagram feed, has suddenly decided to spark into life, even cutting inside for mazy dribbles and Iberian angles. Manu Goganas threw the ball long. Bi-le Smith Tiesse, poached from East Grinstead, replaced Little and had a creditable debut on the left.

There’s something about to happen with this team. Possibly. These results may be blips before the playoff burst. As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to go back before you can go forward. Just don’t pass it straight back to Banya.

Harrow Borough: Melvin Minter, Howard Hall, Arinse Uade, Adam Richards, Curtis Ujah, Shaun Preddie, George Moore, Kurtis Cumberbatch, Reis Stanislaus, Charles Banya, Michael Bryan.

Subs: Richard Pacquette (for Reis Stanislaus, 81m), Alfie Cain, Mark McLeod (for George Moore, 77m), Ant O'Connor (for Michael Bryan, 81m), Will Turl.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Paul Rodgers, Toby Little, Manolis Gogonas, Sam Page, Mitchal Gough, Alec Fiddes, Lewis Taylor, Noel Mbo, James Fraser, Kane Haysman.

Subs: Aaron Goode (for Toby Little, HT), Tom Derry (for Alec Fiddes, 85m), Tom Collins, Sam Alderson, Smith Tiesse (for James Fraser, HT)

Sending off: Sam Page (33m, foul)

Goalscorers: Reis Stanislaus (33m pen, 1-0), Reis Stanislaus (35m, 2-0)

Attendance: 227

Key moments

33:00
Red Card Sam Page is sent off for Kingstonian
33:00
Scored Penalty Reis Stanislaus scores a penalty for Harrow Borough
35:00
Goal Reis Stanislaus scores for Harrow Borough

Highlights

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85:00 Sub Off
Alec Fiddes is substituted off for Kingstonian
85:00 Sub On
Tom Derry is substituted on for Kingstonian
81:00 Sub On
Richard Pacquette is substituted on for Harrow Borough
81:00 Sub Off
Reis Stanislaus is substituted off for Harrow Borough
81:00 Sub Off
Michael Bryan is substituted off for Harrow Borough
81:00 Sub On
Ant O'Connor is substituted on for Harrow Borough
77:00 Sub Off
George Moore is substituted off for Harrow Borough
77:00 Sub On
Mark McLeod is substituted on for Harrow Borough
45:01 Sub Off
Toby Little is substituted off for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Aaron Goode is substituted on for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub Off
James Fraser is substituted off for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Smith Tiesse is substituted on for Kingstonian
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 2 - 0
Reis Stanislaus scores for Harrow Borough
33:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Sam Page is sent off for Kingstonian
33:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Reis Stanislaus scores a penalty for Harrow Borough
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Harrow Borough
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Sam Page Red Card 33:00'
  • Reis Stanislaus Scored Penalty 33:00'
  • Reis Stanislaus Goal 35:00'
  • Toby Little Sub Off 45:01'
  • Aaron Goode Sub On 45:01'
  • James Fraser Sub Off 45:01'
  • Smith Tiesse Sub On 45:01'
  • George Moore Sub Off 77:00'
  • Mark McLeod Sub On 77:00'
  • Richard Pacquette Sub On 81:00'
  • Reis Stanislaus Sub Off 81:00'
  • Michael Bryan Sub Off 81:00'
  • Ant O'Connor Sub On 81:00'
  • Alec Fiddes Sub Off 85:00'
  • Tom Derry Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Harrow Borough
  • 1. Melvin Minter
  • 2. Howard Hall
  • 3. Arinse Uade
  • 4. Adam Richards
  • 5. Curtis Ujah
  • 6. Shaun Preddie
  • 7. George Moore
  • 8. Kurtis Cumberbatch
  • 9. Reis Stanislaus
  • 10. Charles Banya
  • 11. Michael Bryan
  • 12. Richard Pacquette
  • 14. Alfie Cain
  • 15. Mark McLeod
  • 16. Ant O'Connor
  • 17. Will Turl

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Billericay Town
4
3
Hendon
Burgess Hill Town
0
5
2
1
Margate
2
2
Staines Town
Merstham
1
2
Dorking Wanderers
3
1
Folkestone Invicta
1
0
Wingate & Finchley
Tooting & Mitcham United
4
3
Worthing

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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