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Bedford Town
D Walker (18'), M Harriott (64'), J Osei (71')
Full time
E Buchanan (17'), A Doughty (62')
Tue 30 Oct 19:45 - The FA Trophy 18-19 Attendance 218

Frustration as K's Exit FA Trophy

K's lose a goal lead twice as Bedford Town come back to win 3-2.

match report by Jamie Cutteridge.

Lightning struck thrice, twice, to deposit Ks out of the FA Trophy in Bedfordshire. After the Eagles somehow recovered from Ks taking a 92nd minute lead on Saturday to equalised just two minutes later, they repeated the trick at home, twice more equalising within two minutes after going behind before decisively taking the lead. A third cup defeat to lower-division opponents this season saw Kingstonian crash out of the FA Trophy in the first qualifying round, as Bedford Town earned an entertaining 3-2 replay victory.

Similarly to the first tie, Kingstonian caused problems going forward throughout, and while they doubled their goals tally, they still left a number of chances untaken, while giving up more chances at the other end. And it was the hosts who had the first chance of the evening, as the ball was laid back to Dan Walker at close range, before a brilliant Jay Gasson block forced a corner. At the other end, with their first real sight of goal, Ks opened the scoring. Rob Tolfrey’s punt upfield for once eluded the towering presence of Gavin Hoyte in the heart of Bedford’s backline, allowing Elliot Buchanan the chance to delicately lob the ball over the onrushing Niall Cooper in the host’s goal to give his side the, short-lived, lead. Minutes later, it was level. A quickly taken free kick put Ks on the back foot, and a simple through ball put Walker through to place the ball past Tolfrey and level the tie after 18 minutes. Twice before half time, Cooper denied Ks, firstly brilliantly tipping over a curling Aaron Lamont effort, before getting a strong foot to Louis Theophanous’ powerful drive from a tight angle.

As the second half began, it was Tolfrey’s turn to impressive, as he clawed away a powerful effort from the ever-threatening Joel Gyasi. The hosts were beginning to get on top, and Theophanous firing the ball just wide from distance was a moment of much-needed action in the Bedford half. Minutes later and Ks were back in front. Alfie Doughty sent Theophanous away down the left channel whose cross preposterously found Sean Francis the furthest man forward. The defender had the presence of mind to flick the ball back to the waiting Doughty who slammed the ball past Cooper to break the tie’s third deadlock.

By this point, we all knew the script. Some wags in the away were barely through a rendition of “You’re gonna score in a minute” before the equaliser came. Gyasi’s run into the area caused panic, and his layoff to Matty Harriot gave the midfielder the chance to send the ball home through a maelstrom of Kingstonian bodies.

The final goal of the tie, when it came, was a worthy winner. Jermaine Osei perhaps got the better of Manolis Gogonas too easily, but his screaming effort from the corner of the area was unstoppable. Sadly, Ks were unable to mirror the host’s uncanny knack of scoring immediate replies. In fact, it took a few minutes for Leigh Dynan’s side to recombobulate themselves, but eventually they did, twice coming close in the dying minutes. Mo Faal almost made an immediate impact off the bench; his mazy run gave room for a dipping effort from distance that agonisingly crashed off the bar, and while it fell to Theophanous, by the time it had sat up, he was crowded out. Minutes later, Buchanan found space in the area from a corner, but his free header was flicked wide and the game was up.

Bedford Town: Niall Cooper, Brett Longden, Jordan Jarrold, Dean Dummett, Ollie Swain, Gavin Hoyte, James Peters, Matty Harriott, Dan Walker, Joel Gyasi, Jermaine Osei.

Subs: [/b]Craig Daniel (for Joel Gyasi, 78m), Ben Ford (for Jermaine Osei, 90m), Callum Donnelly (for Matty Harriott, 88m), Connor Furlong, Taylor Rhiney.

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

[i]Subs: Connor Dymond (for Shaun McAuley, 56m), Muhammadu Faal (for David Fitzpatrick, 85m), James Daly, Greg Cundle (for Alfie Doughty, 78m), Andrew Musungu.

Goalscorers: Elliott Buchanan (17m, 0-1), Dan Walker (18m, 1-1), Alfie Doughty (62m, 1-2), Matty Harriott (64m, 2-2), Jermaine Osei (71m, 3-2).

Attendance: 218

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Key moments

Goal Elliott Buchanan scores for Kingstonian
Goal Dan Walker scores for Bedford Town
Goal Alfie Doughty scores for Kingstonian
Goal Matty Harriott scores for Bedford Town
Goal Jermaine Osei scores for Bedford Town


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90:00 Sub On
Ben Ford is substituted on for Bedford Town
90:00 Sub Off
Jermaine Osei is substituted off for Bedford Town
88:00 Sub On
Callum Donnelly is substituted on for Bedford Town
88:00 Sub Off
Matty Harriott is substituted off for Bedford Town
85:00 Sub On
Muhammadu Faal is substituted on for Kingstonian
85:00 Sub Off
David Fitzpatrick is substituted off for Kingstonian
78:00 Sub On
Greg Cundle is substituted on for Kingstonian
78:00 Sub Off
Alfie Doughty is substituted off for Kingstonian
78:00 Sub Off
Joel Gyasi is substituted off for Bedford Town
78:00 Sub On
Craig Daniel is substituted on for Bedford Town
71:00 Goal 3 - 2
Jermaine Osei scores for Bedford Town
64:00 Goal 2 - 2
Matty Harriott scores for Bedford Town
62:00 Goal 1 - 2
Alfie Doughty scores for Kingstonian
56:00 Sub Off
Shaun McAuley is substituted off for Kingstonian
56:00 Sub On
Connor Dymond is substituted on for Kingstonian
End of period 1
18:00 Goal 1 - 1
Dan Walker scores for Bedford Town
17:00 Goal 0 - 1
Elliott Buchanan scores for Kingstonian
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bedford Town
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Elliott Buchanan Goal 17:00'
  • Dan Walker Goal 18:00'
  • Shaun McAuley Sub Off 56:00'
  • Connor Dymond Sub On 56:00'
  • Alfie Doughty Goal 62:00'
  • Matty Harriott Goal 64:00'
  • Jermaine Osei Goal 71:00'
  • Alfie Doughty Sub Off 78:00'
  • Greg Cundle Sub On 78:00'
  • Joel Gyasi Sub Off 78:00'
  • Craig Daniel Sub On 78:00'
  • David Fitzpatrick Sub Off 85:00'
  • Muhammadu Faal Sub On 85:00'
  • Matty Harriott Sub Off 88:00'
  • Callum Donnelly Sub On 88:00'
  • Jermaine Osei Sub Off 90:00'
  • Ben Ford Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Bedford Town
  • 1. Niall Cooper
  • 2. Brett Longden
  • 3. Jordan Jarrold
  • 4. Dean Dummett
  • 5. Ollie Swain
  • 6. Gavin Hoyte
  • 7. James Peters
  • 8. Matty Harriott
  • 9. Dan Walker
  • 10. Joel Gyasi
  • 11. Jermaine Osei
  • 12. Craig Daniel
  • 14. Ben Ford
  • 15. Callum Donnelly
  • 16. Connor Furlong
  • 17. Taylor Rhiney

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