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Kingstonian
Wingate & Finchley
S Alderson (4'), A Fiddes (92')
Full time
A Rifat (36')
Sat 21 Oct 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 215

Fiddes Thunderbolt Wins It For K's

A volley from just outside the area in second half stoppage time from Alec Fiddes wins the game against Wingate and Finchley.

Report by James Maw.

Few phrases are more gratingly over-used than 'patience is a virtue', but there's a reason this particular idiom gets used with such regularity. Sometimes you just have to wait for the good stuff.

K's fans have been waiting to see the best of Alec Fiddes, and after weeks of steady improvement, in Saturday's clash with Wingate & Finchley, he delivered a masterclass.

There were only four minutes on the clock when K's No.7 expertly brought down a long, angled pass to the right wing, before effortlessly tucking the ball inside to Tom Collins. K’s No.10 quickly squared for Sam Alderson to scramble home, marking his first start for the club with his first goal.

There was no time to pause for breathe, as minutes later former K Ahmet Rifat saw a header cleared off the line at the other end, with the game swinging one way then the other in a first half that was typically chaotic, given it took place in the midst of Storm Brian.

K’s had a golden opportunity to double their lead when visiting keeper Shane Gore could only punch a corner as far as Sam Page, whose lightning reflexes resulted in a powerful header towards goal. In an attempt to divert the ball past the defender waiting on the line, Kane Haysman raised a thigh, but nudged the ball around the post.

Wingate then equalised when Rifat chested down in a crowded penalty area, before prodding a bobbling, volleyed shot across the leaf-strewn turf and past Rob Tolfrey into the bottom corner.

With the Blues now well on top with half-time approaching, Tommy Tejan-Sie rattled the bar with a rocket of a shot that would likely have reached Crawley had it not been for the woodwork.

There was still time for one more moment of Fiddes magic before the interval. Some nimble footwork put Wingate No.1 Gore on his backside, but, also off-balance, the half-Spanish schemer was unable to hit the target with the goal gaping.

If the first half was entertainingly open, the second was…well, not.

The two teams largely managed to keep one another at arms’ length, and perhaps the most dramatic moment of the regulation 45 minutes came when Manolis Gogonas casually looped a header over Tolfrey and, thankfully, his own crossbar.

Fortunately for K’s, there was something special to come in the second minute of added time.

With Tom Derry fouled 30 yards from goal, Collins dinked the resultant free-kick ‘into the mixer’. The ball span up off Derry, and fell into the path of the waiting Fiddes. This was his moment.

In a flash, the right winger lashed a bending, dipping volley past Gore and just inside the lefthand post. Bedlam ensued - not only behind the goal, but also among the assembled Kingston Young Carers in the main stand and among the Ks' players, who rushed to celebrate with the family of recently-departed Ks' legend John McCormack.

It was a moment that suggest, despite the troubles of recent weeks, there should be plenty to look forward to in the months to come - not least the small matter of Friday Night Football in the FA Trophy against Thurrock with a new manager in charge.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Aaron Goode, Smith Tiesse, Paul Rodgers, Sam Page, Manolis Gogonas, Alec Fiddes, Sam Alderson, Tom Derry, Tom Collins, Kane Haysman.

Subs: Noel Mbo (for Aaron Goode, 55m), Ace'a Laurent (for Sam Alderson, 75m), Evan Green, Max Agnoly (for Noel Mbo, 94m), Joe Oseyemi.

Wingate and Finchley: Shane Gore, Ola Williams, Keir Dickson, Joe Kizzi, Sean Cronin, Ahmet Rifat, Luke Ifil, Rob Laney, Marc Charles-Smith, Reece Beckles-Richards, Tommy Tejan-Sie.

Subs: Ben Pattie (for Reece Beckles-Richards, 72m), Jake Eales, Nathan Mavila (for Rob Laney, 88m), Carl Pearce, Afolabi Obafemi (for Marc Charles-Smith, 88m).

Goalscorers: Sam Alderson (4m, 1-0), Ahmet Rifat (36m, 1-1), Alec Fiddes (92m, 2-1)

Attendance: 215

Key moments

4:00
Goal Sam Alderson scores for Kingstonian
36:00
Goal Ahmet Rifat scores for Wingate & Finchley
90:00 +2:00
Goal Alec Fiddes scores for Kingstonian

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Sub On
Max Agnoly is substituted on for Kingstonian
90:00 +4:00 Sub Off
Noel Mbo is substituted off for Kingstonian
90:00 +2:00 Goal 2 - 1
Alec Fiddes scores for Kingstonian
88:00 Sub Off
Marc Charles-Smith is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
88:00 Sub On
Afolabi Obafemi is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
88:00 Sub Off
Rob Laney is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
88:00 Sub On
Nathan Mavila is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
75:00 Sub Off
Sam Alderson is substituted off for Kingstonian
75:00 Sub On
Ace'a Laurent is substituted on for Kingstonian
72:00 Sub Off
Reece Beckles-Richards is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
72:00 Sub On
Ben Pattie is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
55:00 Sub Off
Aaron Goode is substituted off for Kingstonian
55:00 Sub On
Noel Mbo is substituted on for Kingstonian
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 1 - 1
Ahmet Rifat scores for Wingate & Finchley
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Sam Alderson scores for Kingstonian
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Wingate & Finchley
  • 0
  • Sam Alderson Goal 4:00'
  • Ahmet Rifat Goal 36:00'
  • Aaron Goode Sub Off 55:00'
  • Noel Mbo Sub On 55:00'
  • Reece Beckles-Richards Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ben Pattie Sub On 72:00'
  • Sam Alderson Sub Off 75:00'
  • Ace'a Laurent Sub On 75:00'
  • Marc Charles-Smith Sub Off 88:00'
  • Afolabi Obafemi Sub On 88:00'
  • Rob Laney Sub Off 88:00'
  • Nathan Mavila Sub On 88:00'
  • Alec Fiddes Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Noel Mbo Sub Off 90:00 +4:00'
  • Max Agnoly Sub On 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Brightlingsea Regent 19 27
11. Wingate & Finchley 17 25
12. Kingstonian 19 25
13. Lowestoft Town 19 22
14. Harrow Borough 19 21
15. Enfield Town 15 20
16. Merstham 19 20

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