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Needham Market
J Sands (91')
Full time
L Theophanous (2', 46')
Sat 13 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 244

Louie Doubles Up for K's Win in Suffolk

Louie Theophanous scores twice to lift the K's to a 2-1 victory over Needham Market.

Match report by Simon Grier.

Tactical nous; an eye for a good player; motivational skills; fundraising abilities; man-management skills; knowing when to change things.

There are many different skills that a non-league manager might want or need, but sometimes the most important of all is having the right contacts book when the squad needs freshening up.

When Ks signed Louie Theophanus on loan from Billericay, along with Leo Chambers, Leigh Dynan thanked Billericay owner-manager Glenn Tamplin for making the deal happen. And Theophanus has now been central to turning Ks' form around - after playing a leading role in the 4-1 win over Enfield, he then scored both goals as Ks saw off relegation rivals Needham Market.

This was not the sort of rampant, free-flowing performance that Ks put in against Enfield. In fact beyond Theophanus' two goals, there was barely another time when Ks threatened home goalkeeper Danny Gay, making his 200th start for the club. But instead it was a professional performance, where Chambers and his colleagues in the new-look back four looked solid and from the moment of Theophanus' third minute opener it never seemed as if Ks wouldn't win.

It was almost a disastrous start for Ks as Luke Ingram fired narrowly wide for the home side. But a moment later Dynan's men were in front, Theophanus picking the ball up on the edge of the box and calmly placing the ball into bottom corner of the home side's net. Tolfrey had only one serious save to make in the rest of an uneventful first half, saving from Adam Mills, as both sides stifled each other's creativity.

Theophanus all-but sealed the game just after the break, expertly taking a ball down on the edge of the box and then placing it past Gay, off the inside of the box. It was a fine finish from a player who has revitalised the Ks attack.

From there on Ks were mostly able to shut the game down although Market created sporadic chances. The best fell to John Sands, who headed wide, and Mills, who also failed to test Rob Tolfrey.

Sands did manage to pull a goal back at the start of injury time and with the referee allowing an extra six minutes to be played, for reasons that weren't entirely clear, it meant for a nervous end to the game for Ks. But they didn't allow their opponents another shot in anger and closed the game out for a vital win.

Needham Market: Danny Gay, Jake Dye, Darryl Coakley, Jeremiah Kamanzi, Keiran Morphew, Dan Morphew, Luke Ingram, Gareth Heath, Jamie Griffiths, John Sands, Adam Miles.

Subs: Callum Harrison, Armani Schaar (for Jake Dye, 93m), Jack Simmons (for Adam Mills, 72m), Rhys Henry (for Jamie Griffiths, 82m), James Bradbrook.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Leo Chambers, Andrew Musungu, Kevin Maclaren, Mark Phillips, Sean Francis, Tom Beere, Marvin Elliott, Louie Theophanous, Andre McCollin, Noel Mbo.

Subs: Dennis Oli (for Andre McCollin, 58m), Jack Minchin, Jahmal Howlett-Mundle, Freddy Yao (for Marvin Elliott, 66m), Victor Fundi (for Louie Theophanous, 85m).

Goalscorers: Louie Theophanous (2m, 0-1), Louie Theophanous (46m, 0-2), John Sands (91m, 1-2).

Attendance: 244

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Key moments

Goal Louie Theophanous scores for Kingstonian
Goal Louie Theophanous scores for Kingstonian
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Goal John Sands scores for Needham Market


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90:00 +3:00 Sub Off
Jake Dye is substituted off for Needham Market
90:00 +3:00 Sub On
Armani Schaar is substituted on for Needham Market
90:00 +1:00 Goal 1 - 2
John Sands scores for Needham Market
85:00 Sub On
Victor Fundi is substituted on for Kingstonian
85:00 Sub Off
Louie Theophanous is substituted off for Kingstonian
82:00 Sub On
Rhys Henry is substituted on for Needham Market
82:00 Sub Off
Jamie Griffiths is substituted off for Needham Market
72:00 Sub On
Jack Simmons is substituted on for Needham Market
72:00 Sub Off
Adam Mills is substituted off for Needham Market
66:00 Sub Off
Marvin Elliott is substituted off for Kingstonian
66:00 Sub On
Freddy Yao is substituted on for Kingstonian
58:00 Sub Off
Andre McCollin is substituted off for Kingstonian
58:00 Sub On
Dennis Oli is substituted on for Kingstonian
46:00 Goal 0 - 2
Louie Theophanous scores for Kingstonian
End of period 1
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Louie Theophanous scores for Kingstonian
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As it happened

  • Needham Market
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Louie Theophanous Goal 2:00'
  • Louie Theophanous Goal 46:00'
  • Andre McCollin Sub Off 58:00'
  • Dennis Oli Sub On 58:00'
  • Marvin Elliott Sub Off 66:00'
  • Freddy Yao Sub On 66:00'
  • Adam Mills Sub Off 72:00'
  • Jack Simmons Sub On 72:00'
  • Jamie Griffiths Sub Off 82:00'
  • Rhys Henry Sub On 82:00'
  • Louie Theophanous Sub Off 85:00'
  • Victor Fundi Sub On 85:00'
  • John Sands Goal 90:00 +1:00'
  • Jake Dye Sub Off 90:00 +3:00'
  • Armani Schaar Sub On 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Needham Market
  • 1. Danny Gay
  • 2. Jake Dye
  • 3. Darryl Coakley
  • 4. Jeremiah Kamanzi
  • 5. Keiran Morphew
  • 6. Dan Morphew
  • 7. Luke Ingram
  • 8. Gareth Heath
  • 9. Jamie Griffiths
  • 10. John Sands
  • 11. Adam Mills
  • 12. Callum Harrison
  • 14. Armani Schaar
  • 15. Jack Simmons
  • 16. Rhys Henry
  • 17. James Bradbrook

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Tonbridge Angels 46 64
12. Harrow Borough 46 63
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56

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