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Kingstonian
Bedford Town
E Buchanan (92')
Full time
D Dummett (95')
Sat 27 Oct 15:00 - The FA Trophy 18-19 Attendance 257

Two Late Goals Mean a Replay

K's and Eagles must go again on Tuesday night

Match report will by Rupert Cane.

A thoroughly entertaining FA Trophy tie will have to be decided by a replay after Bedford Town found the time to equalise Elliot Buchanan’s 92nd-minute opener.

It looked like the striker settled this first qualifying round contest with a predatory close-range finish, but there was a sting in the tale as the Eagles went up the other end and levelled following an agonising goalmouth scramble.

Bedford, who ply their trade in the Evo-Stik South Central league, a step below K’s, had won an FA Cup tie 3-0 at hitherto unbeaten Enfield Town earlier in the season, and it was apparent from the off they possessed quality all over the pitch. Inside five minutes, Joel Gyasi fired a free-kick goalwards that Rob Tolfrey got down well to tip wide with his right hand.

But K’s have been in decent form themselves and produced plenty of positive attacking play all afternoon, but especially in the first half. Louie Theophanous poked a finish too close to Niall Cooper, the Bedford keeper. A succession of blocks from the neon-shirted visitors also kept K’s at bay, with Buchanan in particular frustrated.

Were it not for a slight push by Buchanan on Bedford’s enjoyably-named Ben Ford, we would have had a first-half penalty for a blatant handball.

Midway through the half, Jordan Jarrold fired over the bar when a deflected cross reached him racing into the box. That would be the closest Bedford came until the final seconds.

Aaron Lamont, tidy again in central midfield, forced Cooper into flying action with a dipping 20-yarder. Then Alfie Doughty, a menace down our left, squared to Theophanous whose flicked first-time finish crashed against the underside of the bar. The ball bounced back over him but he couldn’t get enough purchase on his subsequent bicycle kick.

Gyasi had an effort deflected over before a very entertaining half of football was out. It had been a proper cup tie.

Clear openings were harder to come by in the second half, but Buchanan will feel he should have done better when Lamont slipped him through after pinching possession. One-on-one, he shot too close to Cooper who smothered.

Apart from a Jermaine Osei effort volleyed wide of the post from a set-piece on the hour, K’s restricted the visitors to long shots.

That being said, Bedford defended very well too and when sub James Daly headed straight at Cooper as the 90-minute mark approached, a goalless draw seemed inevitable.

But an excellent encounter got the goals it deserved in stoppage time. First, K’s struck. Tommy Brewer tried his luck from range, seeking to emulate his heroics against Bishop's Stortford last month, and the ball deflected in the direction of another sub, Greg Cundle. He forced the ball square of Cooper to the lurking Buchanan. He tucked into the unguarded net, sparking great scenes behind the goal.

That was in the second of three minutes added on by the officials. Five had been played by the time Dean Dummett fired into the net after Tolfrey had dropped the ball - possibly caused by a foul - and then veteran Paul Benson had been superbly denied by Lamont on the goal-line. The ball ricocheted around, landed at Dummett’s feet, and like Buchanan he couldn’t miss.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Manolis Gogonas, Tyler Brown, Aaron Lamont, Tommy Brewer, Jay Gasson, David Fitzpatrick, Shaun McAuley, Elliott Buchanan, Louie Theophanous, Alfie Doughty.

Subs: Connor Dymond, Sean Francis, Muhammadu Faal (for Alfie Doughty, 89m), James Daly (for Louie Theophanous, 72m), Greg Cundle (for David Fitzpatrick, 74m).

Bedford Town: Niall Cooper, Brett Longden, Jordan Jarrold, Dean Dummett, Ollie Swain, Gavin Hoyte, Craig Daniel, Ben Ford, Paul Benson, Joel Gyasi, Jermaine Osei.

Subs: James Peters (for Craig Daniel, 82m), Connor Furlong (for Joel Gyasi, 68m), Dan Walker (for Jermaine Osei, 68m), Charlie Hayford.

Goalscorers: Elliott Buchanan (90m+2, 1-0), Dean Dummett (90m+5, 1-1)

Attendance: 257

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Key moments

90:00 +2:00
Goal Elliott Buchanan scores for Kingstonian
90:00 +5:00
Goal Dean Dummett scores for Bedford Town

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Goal 1 - 1
Dean Dummett scores for Bedford Town
90:00 +2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Elliott Buchanan scores for Kingstonian
89:00 Sub Off
Alfie Doughty is substituted off for Kingstonian
89:00 Sub On
Muhammadu Faal is substituted on for Kingstonian
82:00 Sub Off
Ben Ford is substituted off for Bedford Town
82:00 Sub On
James Peters is substituted on for Bedford Town
74:00 Sub Off
David Fitzpatrick is substituted off for Kingstonian
74:00 Sub On
Greg Cundle is substituted on for Kingstonian
72:00 Sub Off
Louie Theophanous is substituted off for Kingstonian
72:00 Sub On
James Daly is substituted on for Kingstonian
68:00 Sub On
Dan Walker is substituted on for Bedford Town
68:00 Sub Off
Jermaine Osei is substituted off for Bedford Town
68:00 Sub Off
Joel Gyasi is substituted off for Bedford Town
68:00 Sub On
Connor Furlong is substituted on for Bedford Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Bedford Town
  • 0
  • Dan Walker Sub On 68:00'
  • Jermaine Osei Sub Off 68:00'
  • Joel Gyasi Sub Off 68:00'
  • Connor Furlong Sub On 68:00'
  • Louie Theophanous Sub Off 72:00'
  • James Daly Sub On 72:00'
  • David Fitzpatrick Sub Off 74:00'
  • Greg Cundle Sub On 74:00'
  • Ben Ford Sub Off 82:00'
  • James Peters Sub On 82:00'
  • Alfie Doughty Sub Off 89:00'
  • Muhammadu Faal Sub On 89:00'
  • Elliott Buchanan Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Dean Dummett Goal 90:00 +5:00'

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