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First Team - Match centre

Kingstonian
Staines Town
M Faal (52', 61'), D Ajakaiye (57')
Full time
E Buchanan (90')
Mon 23 Apr 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 227

Fine K's Performance Gives Them Another Victory

A double from Faal and one from Ajakaiye enough to defeat Staines Town 3-1 at the Grove.

match report by Simon Grier.

After such a chaotic season it seems incredible that this late surge of form has brought Kingstonian to the brink of a top half finish but that remains achievable after an impressive 3-1 win over Staines Town.

Staines went into the game still with a hope of securing a playoff spot but also went it into it without a regular goalkeeper; Connor Hudnott had a broken bone in his hand and so centre-back Ben Martin deputised between the sticks.

Ks were the better side throughout but Martin performed admirably in the first half to keep them at bay. However he was unable to contain Ks in a rampant 15 minutes after the break in which Leigh Dynan’s side raced into a 3-0 lead. A late consolation for the Swans did little to take the gloss off a strong Ks performance.

As has frequently been the case during the recent uptick in form, Muhammadu Faal was at the heart of most of what Ks did well. Early on he had an effort deflected narrowly over and although Staines had some chances in the middle of the half it was Ks who finished the stronger.

Martin was perhaps fortunate to see a low Greg Cundle free kick rebound off the post after he appeared to think it was going comfortably wide, but he looked every inch a goalkeeper with two fine saves near the end of the half. First, he got down sharply to catch and hold a well-directed Sean Francis header after a free kick from the right and then he did even better to block a fierce Daniel Ajakaiye shot.

After the break though came one of Ks’ best spells of football of the season. On 52 minutes the deadlock was broken, Faal hitting a low shot from distance whose curl caught out Martin.

Five minutes later it was 2-0. Cundle put Faal through on goal and Martin did superbly to stick a leg out and deflect it on to the bar but Ajakaiye reacted first to head home the rebound.

And just after the hour mark Faal put the game beyond any doubt, turning in an Ajala shot from around the penalty spot.

Faal wanted a hat trick but fired narrowly wide and Joash Nembhard cleared one off the line to deny Ajakaiye. An Elliott Buchanan free kick deflected past Rob Tolfrey in the closing moments but it was very much Kingstonian’s day.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Toby Ajala, Chris Arthur, Manolis Gogonas, Sean Francis, Dan Bowry, Daniel Ajakaiye, Greg Cundle, Muhammadu Faal, Michael West, Alex Willis.

Subs: Tom Beere (for Michael West, 81m), Leo Chambers, Jason Williams, Jerry Amoo (for Daniel Ajakaiye, 77m), Connor Hunte (for Alex Willis, 71m).

Staines Town: Ben Martin, Josh Webb, Tyrell Miller-Rodney, Bayley Brown, Joash Nembhard, Ugo Udoji, Sam Hatton, Wadah Ahmidi, Elliot Buchanan, Mohamed Bettamer, Max Worsfold.

Subs: Nathanial Olawole (for Max Worsfold, 64m), Tommy Brewer (for Wadah Ahmidi, 69m), Daniel D Brown (for Sam Hatton, 54m), Sam Woolford, Kamal McEwan.

Goalscorers: Muhammadu Faal (52m, 1-0), Daniel Ajakaiye (57m, 2-0), Muhammadu Faal (61m, 3-0), Elliot Buchanan (90m, 3-1)

Attendance: 227

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Key moments

52:00
Goal Muhammadu Faal scores for Kingstonian
57:00
Goal Daniel Ajakaiye scores for Kingstonian
61:00
Goal Muhammadu Faal scores for Kingstonian
90:00
Goal Elliot Buchanan scores for Staines Town

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 3 - 1
Elliot Buchanan scores for Staines Town
81:00 Sub On
Tom Beere is substituted on for Kingstonian
81:00 Sub Off
Michael West is substituted off for Kingstonian
77:00 Sub On
Jerry Amoo is substituted on for Kingstonian
77:00 Sub Off
Daniel Ajakaiye is substituted off for Kingstonian
71:00 Sub On
Connor Hunte is substituted on for Kingstonian
71:00 Sub Off
Alex Willis is substituted off for Kingstonian
69:00 Sub On
Tommy Brewer is substituted on for Staines Town
69:00 Sub Off
Wadah Ahmidi is substituted off for Staines Town
64:00 Sub On
Nathaniel Olawole is substituted on for Staines Town
64:00 Sub Off
Max Worsfold is substituted off for Staines Town
61:00 Goal 3 - 0
Muhammadu Faal scores for Kingstonian
57:00 Goal 2 - 0
Daniel Ajakaiye scores for Kingstonian
54:00 Sub Off
Sam Hatton is substituted off for Staines Town
54:00 Sub On
Daniel D. Brown is substituted on for Staines Town
52:00 Goal 1 - 0
Muhammadu Faal scores for Kingstonian
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As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Staines Town
  • 0
  • Muhammadu Faal Goal 52:00'
  • Sam Hatton Sub Off 54:00'
  • Daniel D. Brown Sub On 54:00'
  • Daniel Ajakaiye Goal 57:00'
  • Muhammadu Faal Goal 61:00'
  • Max Worsfold Sub Off 64:00'
  • Nathaniel Olawole Sub On 64:00'
  • Wadah Ahmidi Sub Off 69:00'
  • Tommy Brewer Sub On 69:00'
  • Alex Willis Sub Off 71:00'
  • Connor Hunte Sub On 71:00'
  • Daniel Ajakaiye Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jerry Amoo Sub On 77:00'
  • Michael West Sub Off 81:00'
  • Tom Beere Sub On 81:00'
  • Elliot Buchanan Goal 90:00'

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# 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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