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Burgess Hill Town
Full time
E Buchanan (84')
Sat 10 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 358

First Away League Win for the K's

Elliott Buchanan's 84th minute goal gives K's a big win on the road

Match report by Taimour Lay

News of a rail replacement bus service from Three Bridges wasn't going to keep me from getting to Burgess Hill Town on Saturday. Not only are K's on something of a roll at the moment but this was also a chance to see Andre McCollin in his new home.

McCollin is, famously, always more effective when angry so the away fans lulled him into equanimity by chanting his name at half-time. Smothered with love, he duly emerged a man becalmed.

K's hadn't won away in the league all season and this is just the sort of fixture we tend to mess up. Pre-match talk centred on the 5-1 defeat under Craig Edwards and, of course, the 3-1 which ended Tommy Williams' tenure.

The first-half was a bit of a non-event, aside from Alfie Doughty dribbling down the left and too many long balls being struck down the middle.

But we certainly looked the likelier after the break and, as usual, constituted a more coherent force with Shaun McAuley on the pitch. Just as it looked like a frustrating afternoon was going to end in a goalless draw, the hardworking strikers combined to seal the win. Four minutes from the end, Louie Theophanous was set free down the left by Elliott Buchanan’s clever flick. As Theophanous drove to the byline, Buchanan turned and raced into the box just in time to receive a perfectly-weighted cross/cut-back from his partner which he placed first-time into the back of the net.

It was the striker’s 12th goal of the campaign and lifted K’s into 9th place, only three points off the play-offs before out trip to Leatherhead on Wednesday.

Burgess Hill, still mired in relegation trouble, can count themselves slightly unfortunate. A first-half header was cleared off the line by David Fitzpatrick’s arm but the referee judged it to be ball-to-hand and chose not to award the home team a penalty. McCollin also hit the bar with a thunderous shot and threatened sporadically until he (we must assume) realised that K's need was greater.

Burgess Hill Town: Josh James, Ibrahim Diallo, Tom Cadman, Michael Wilson, Gary Elphick, James Richmond, Andre McCollin, Pat Harding, Ben Pope, Dan Beck, Billy Barker.

Subs: Charlie Bennett, Henry Watson, Lukas Franzen-Jones, Mitch Bromage, Tariq Richards (for Billy Barker, 46m).

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Manolis Gogonas, Tyler Brown, Aaron Lamont, Sean Francis, Jay Gasson, David Fitzpatrick, Connor Dymond, Elliott Buchanan, Louie Theophanous, Alfie Doughty.

Subs: James Daly (for Louie Theophanous, 85m), Shaun McAuley (for David Fitzpatrick, HT), Muhammadu Faal (for Elliott Buchanan, 90m), Josh Kyte.

Goal scorer: Elliott Buchanan (85m, 0-1)

Attendance: 358

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Key moments

Goal Elliott Buchanan scores for Kingstonian


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90:00 Sub On
Muhammadu Faal is substituted on for Kingstonian
90:00 Sub Off
Elliott Buchanan is substituted off for Kingstonian
85:00 Sub On
James Daly is substituted on for Kingstonian
85:00 Sub Off
Louie Theophanous is substituted off for Kingstonian
84:00 Goal 0 - 1
Elliott Buchanan scores for Kingstonian
46:00 Sub Off
Billy Barker is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
46:00 Sub Off
Tariq Richards is substituted off for Burgess Hill Town
45:01 Sub Off
David Fitzpatrick is substituted off for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub On
Shaun McAuley is substituted on for Kingstonian
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Burgess Hill Town
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • David Fitzpatrick Sub Off 45:01'
  • Shaun McAuley Sub On 45:01'
  • Billy Barker Sub Off 46:00'
  • Tariq Richards Sub Off 46:00'
  • Elliott Buchanan Goal 84:00'
  • Louie Theophanous Sub Off 85:00'
  • James Daly Sub On 85:00'
  • Elliott Buchanan Sub Off 90:00'
  • Muhammadu Faal Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Burgess Hill Town
  • 1. Josh James
  • 2. Ibrahim Diallo
  • 3. Tom Cadman
  • 4. Michael Wilson
  • 5. Gary Elphick
  • 6. James Richmond
  • 7. Andre McCollin
  • 8. Pat Harding
  • 9. Ben Pope
  • 10. Dan Beck
  • 11. Billy Barker
  • 12. Charlie Bennett
  • 14. Henry Watson
  • 15. Lukas Franzen-Jones
  • 16. Mitch Bromage
  • 17. Tariq Richards

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Potters Bar Town 15 22
9. Bishop's Stortford 15 22
10. Kingstonian 14 21
11. Margate 14 21
12. Merstham 12 17
13. Wingate & Finchley 14 17
14. Corinthian-Casuals 13 17

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