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Wingate & Finchley
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M Faal (53')
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 121

K's Keep Clean Sheet to Guarantee Survival

A big goal from Mo Faal gives K's a big result at Wingate and Finchley.

Match report by Jamie Cutteridge.

You may not have noticed it as the season has dwindled towards a quiet finish, but Kingstonian have sneakily built up quite an impressive away record over the last few months of the season. Leigh Dynan's side's 1-0 win at Wingate and Finchley was their fifth away win in their last seven trips, the best record in the league over that spell. (It's worth noting that the performances in the two defeats in that span, both in Kent, have merited more than the 3-0 and 3-1 defeats.)

The first half had all the hallmarks of a Ks home game - plenty of possession, good chances, a new player in the team and no goals. Greg Cundle, playing in a deeper role than his profile suggests, ran the show from deep, while the pace of Daniel Ajakaiye and Muhammadu Faal caused problems for Wingate's Claudiu Vilcu-less backline.

It was Faal, as in his debut against Worthing, who was presented with Kingstonian's best chances. His early shot when through on goal was beaten away by Shane Gore before he twice failed to hit the target in promising positions. Gore also kept out the impressive Cundle while at the other end, Rob Tolfrey had to be quick off his line to block Afolabi Obafemi's flick.

Tolfrey denied Obafemi again in the opening seconds of the second half after the winger found himself in behind, but the Ks stopper was equal to a tame effort. It was a rare chance afforded to the hosts, as Charlton-loanee and Antiguan international Dan Bowry made an impressive Ks debut at the heart of the back four. (A sidenote: Bowry kept ex-K and fellow Antiguan Reece Beckles quiet during the game, perhaps the first time international colleagues have faced off in the Isthmian?)

Eight minutes into the second half, the breakthrough came. Michael West's freekick was whipped into the box and the giraffe-like height of Faal paid off as he flicked a header past Gore to score the only goal of the afternoon.

From then on, it was an impressively disciplined display from Kingstonian, barely allowing a sniff to either Wingate or Finchley, and despite posing less of a threat themselves after taking the lead, the Ks saw out another away win with a degree of comfort.

Wingate and Finchley: Shane Gore, Luke Ifil, Layne Eadie, Jake Eales, Sean Cronin, Ahmet Rifat, Afolabi Obafemi, Freddy Moncur, Marc Charles-Smith, Reece Beckles-Richards, Irnti Rapai.

Subs: Jack Humphrey, Ola Williams, Rob Laney (for Irnti Rapai, HT), Tommy Tejan-Sie (for Freddy Moncur, HT), Ben Pattie (for Afolabi Obafemi, 69m)

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Leo Chambers, Chris Arthur, Manolis Gogonas, Mark Philips, Dan Bowry, Daniel Ajakaiye, Greg Cundle, Jason Williams, Michael West, Muhammadu Faal.

Subs: Freddy Yao (for Michael West, 79m), Tom Beere (for Greg Cundle, 87m), Rob Bartley, Connor Hunte, Alex Willis (for Jason Williams, 65m).

Goalscorers: Muhammadu Faal (53m, 0-1)

Attendance: 121

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Key moments

Goal Muhammadu Faal scores for Kingstonian


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87:00 Sub On
Tom Beere is substituted on for Kingstonian
87:00 Sub Off
Greg Cundle is substituted off for Kingstonian
79:00 Sub On
Freddy Yao is substituted on for Kingstonian
79:00 Sub Off
Michael West is substituted off for Kingstonian
69:00 Sub On
Ben Pattie is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
69:00 Sub Off
Afolabi Obafemi is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
65:00 Sub On
Alex Willis is substituted on for Kingstonian
65:00 Sub Off
Jason Williams is substituted off for Kingstonian
53:00 Goal 0 - 1
Muhammadu Faal scores for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Tommy Tejan-Sie is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
45:01 Sub Off
Freddy Moncur is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
45:01 Sub Off
Irnti Rapai is substituted off for Wingate & Finchley
45:01 Sub On
Rob Laney is substituted on for Wingate & Finchley
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Wingate & Finchley
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Tommy Tejan-Sie Sub On 45:01'
  • Freddy Moncur Sub Off 45:01'
  • Irnti Rapai Sub Off 45:01'
  • Rob Laney Sub On 45:01'
  • Muhammadu Faal Goal 53:00'
  • Jason Williams Sub Off 65:00'
  • Alex Willis Sub On 65:00'
  • Afolabi Obafemi Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ben Pattie Sub On 69:00'
  • Michael West Sub Off 79:00'
  • Freddy Yao Sub On 79:00'
  • Greg Cundle Sub Off 87:00'
  • Tom Beere Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Wingate & Finchley
  • 1. Shane Gore
  • 2. Luke Ifil
  • 3. Layne Eadie
  • 4. Jake Eales
  • 5. Sean Cronin
  • 6. Ahmet Rifat
  • 7. Afolabi Obafemi
  • 8. Freddy Moncur
  • 9. Marc Charles-Smith
  • 10. Reece Beckles-Richards
  • 11. Irnti Rapai
  • 12. Jack Humphrey
  • 14. Ola Williams
  • 15. Rob Laney
  • 16. Tommy Tejan-Sie
  • 17. Ben Pattie

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Burgess Hill Town
Billericay Town
Folkestone Invicta
Staines Town
Needham Market
Dorking Wanderers
Tooting & Mitcham United

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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