Haringey Ease Past Off-Colour K's
Haringey Borough serve notice on the rest of the league that they are promotion contenders.
Match report by Rupert Cane.
Kingstonian’s excellent recent form was brought to a shuddering halt by Haringey Borough, themselves on a run of five straight league wins since AFC Wimbledon edged them out of the FA Cup.
It was actually the K’s who had the better of the opening quarter-of-an-hour, and things might have been very different had Elliot Buchanan converted an early one-on-one chance. Instead, he put it too close to visiting stopper Valery Pajetet, and the afternoon went downhill from there.
On 18 minutes, Joel Nouble, a top Bostik marksman, converted what Leigh Dynan pointed out was Haringey’s only first-half chance. The manager added that profligacy in front of goal before the break was what cost his team dear; until the second period this looked like a customarily evenly-matched encounter between two sides expected to challenge at the top of the table.
A one-goal deficit seemed surmountable, but Haringey struck a killer second just three minutes after the interval through Karl Akinwande, who was first to a rebound inside the six-yard box.
At this point the K’s players badly lost their way, the ample stuffing provided by recent wins well and truly knocked out of them. Coby Rowe headed in a third shortly before the hour as heads dropped and passes went astray.
There was barely an incident of note in Kingstonian’s attacking third during a dismal second-half display that had Dynan worried afterwards. He will hope this was only a one-off.
An emphatic away win turned into a mauling with 11 minutes left, Chinedu McKenzie capitalising on some more hesitant play from a new-look defence that included star signing Dean Inman. He and his team-mates will have many better days than this ahead, you suspect.
Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Connor Dymond, Tyler Brown, Aaron Lamont, Dean Inman, Temi Eweka, James Daly, Shaun McAuley, Elliott Buchanan, Louie Theophanous, Alfie Doughty.
Subs: Delano Sam-Yorke (for Alfie Doughty, 59m), Tommy Brewer (for Temi Eweka, 59m), Jay Gasson, Manolis Gogonas (for Connor Dymond, 59m), Muhammadu Faal.
Haringey Borough: Valery Pajetat, David Olufemi, Michael O'Donoghue, Rakim Richards, Scott Mitchell, Coby Rowe, Karl Akinwande, Lionel Stone, Chinedu McKenzie, Charley Barker, Joel Nouble.
Subs: Jordan Edwards (for Chinedu McKenzie, 84m), Anthony McDonald (for Joel Nouble, 81m), Zivonimir Suares Lopes, Ricky Sappleton (for Coby Rowe, 67m), Curtis Jackson.
Goal scorers: Joel Nouble (18m, 0-1), Karl Akinwande (48m, 0-2), Coby Rowe (56m, 0-3), Chinedu McKenzie (79m, 0-4)