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Metropolitan Police
Kingstonian
L Robertson (78'), T Bird (86', 91')
Full time
A Fiddes (25'), A Gnahore (52')
Tue 7 Nov 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 235

K's Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

For most of the game, Kingstonian played very well, but Metropolitan Police surged late and finished them off anyway.

Match report by Rupert Cane.

How do honeymoon periods traditionally end? Is it when you touch down at Heathrow after a fortnight of passion in Barbados or Venice or wherever it is people voyage after their wedding? Is it the time you have your first blazing row post-nuptials, possibly about in-laws or upholstery? Or is it when you inexplicably throw away a two-goal lead in the driving rain against Met Police at Imber Court?

It looked like Leigh Dynan’s (almost) pitch-perfect start to life at K’s would continue into a third week as we sailed ahead against nine-unbeaten Met Police, on the back of thumping and thrilling away victories at Thurrock and Hendon.

But this would be to ignore Bostik unpredictably. And the fact K’s never draw. So a first defeat under Dynan it was.

K’s started well. Alec Fiddes had already had an effort cleared close to the goal-line, and he didn’t have to wait much longer to find the net. Ambrose Gnahore slipped in Andrew Musungu down the left and his whipped delivery skidded off the wet surface invitingly for Fiddes, who cleverly steered his shot inside the far post. It was a fine goal.

Fiddes and Tom Derry both came close to doubling our advantage before the break, but instead it was Gnahore who did make it 2-0 shortly after half-time. His speculative 25-yarder slipped through Luke Williams’s grasp and dribbled over the goal-line.

K’s looked comfortable and calm. So quite how things unravelled so spectacularly remains a mystery. Part of it can certainly be put down to some suspect defending, particularly for the Police’s first goal when tackles were missed and clearances fluffed. Luke Robertson converted from close range.

That was with 12 minutes remaining. K’s managed another eight before being breached again. Former K Tom Bird intercepted a pass on halfway, strode forward, unchallenged, did a one-two, kept going, on and on, still unchallenged, before firing across Rob Tolfrey into the bottom corner.

Met maintained the momentum into the closing stages in sodden Surrey, and got a stoppage-time winner through Bird, who again capitalised on some hesitant K’s defending. What a way to lose, and what a place to lose it like that.

Metropolitan Police: Luke Williams, Rylan Myers, Tom Bird, Will Salmon, Olli Robinson, Jay Gasson, Sam Williams, Sam Gallagher, Jonny Wright, Ryan James, Lloyd Macklin.

Subs: Jeremy Arthur, Zac Newton (for Rylan Myers, 57m), Luke Robertson (for Sam Gallagher, 70m), Bayley Mummery (for Ryan James, 57m), Jon Nurse.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Paul Rodgers, Andrew Musungu, Manolis Gogonas, Claudiu Vilcu, Joe Oseyemi, Alec Fiddes, Taylor Miles, Tom Derry, Reece Grant, Ambrose Gnahore.

Subs: Tom Collins, Daniel Ajakaiye (for Ambrose Gnahore, 81m), Aaron Goode, Jahmal Howlett-Mundle (for Joe Oseyemi, HT), Ace'a Laurent (for Reece Grant, 72m).

Goalscorers: Alec Fiddes (25m, 0-1), Ambrose Gnahore (52m, 0-2), Luke Robertson (78m, 1-2), Tom Bird (86m, 2-2), Tom Bird (91m, 3-2)

Attendance: 235

Key moments

25:00
Goal Alec Fiddes scores for Kingstonian
52:00
Goal Ambrose Gnahore scores for Kingstonian
78:00
Goal Luke Robertson scores for Metropolitan Police
86:00
Goal Tom Bird scores for Metropolitan Police
90:00 +1:00
Goal Tom Bird scores for Metropolitan Police

Highlights

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90:00 +1:00 Goal 3 - 2
Tom Bird scores for Metropolitan Police
86:00 Goal 2 - 2
Tom Bird scores for Metropolitan Police
81:00 Sub On
Daniel Ajakaiye is substituted on for Kingstonian
81:00 Sub Off
Ambrose Gnahore is substituted off for Kingstonian
78:00 Goal 1 - 2
Luke Robertson scores for Metropolitan Police
72:00 Sub Off
Reece Grant is substituted off for Kingstonian
72:00 Sub On
Ace'a Laurent is substituted on for Kingstonian
70:00 Sub On
Luke Robertson is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
70:00 Sub Off
Sam Gallagher is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
57:00 Sub On
Bayley Mummery is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
57:00 Sub Off
Ryan James is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
57:00 Sub On
Zac Newton is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
57:00 Sub Off
Rylan Myers is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
52:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ambrose Gnahore scores for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub Off
Joe Oseyemi is substituted off for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Jahmal Howlett-Mundle is substituted on for Kingstonian
End of period 1
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Alec Fiddes scores for Kingstonian
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Alec Fiddes Goal 25:00'
  • Joe Oseyemi Sub Off 45:01'
  • Jahmal Howlett-Mundle Sub On 45:01'
  • Ambrose Gnahore Goal 52:00'
  • Rylan Myers Sub Off 57:00'
  • Zac Newton Sub On 57:00'
  • Ryan James Sub Off 57:00'
  • Bayley Mummery Sub On 57:00'
  • Sam Gallagher Sub Off 70:00'
  • Luke Robertson Sub On 70:00'
  • Reece Grant Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ace'a Laurent Sub On 72:00'
  • Luke Robertson Goal 78:00'
  • Ambrose Gnahore Sub Off 81:00'
  • Daniel Ajakaiye Sub On 81:00'
  • Tom Bird Goal 86:00'
  • Tom Bird Goal 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Metropolitan Police
  • 1. Luke Williams
  • 2. Rylan Myers
  • 3. Tom Bird
  • 4. Will Salmon
  • 5. Olli Robinson
  • 6. Jay Gasson
  • 7. Sam Williams
  • 8. Sam Gallagher
  • 9. Jonny Wright
  • 10. Ryan James
  • 11. Lloyd Macklin
  • 12. Jeremy Arthur
  • 14. Zac Newton
  • 15. Luke Robertson
  • 16. Bayley Mummery
  • 17. Jon Nurse

League round up

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1
2
Margate
Tooting & Mitcham United
1
2
Burgess Hill Town
Worthing
3
1
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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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