Bishop's Stortford 2-5 Kingstonian
A magnificent Daniel Ajakaiye hat-trick sets Kingstonian up for victory in Hertfordshire
A pulsating game of football was won a Kingstonian team whose counter-attacking prowess was the difference between two good football teams.
Kingstonian opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Nyren Clunis ran down the right, crossed into the box and the ball was prodded home under pressure by the on-rushing Daniel Ajakaiye.
However, Bishop's Stortford deserved their equaliser when it came in the 37th minute thanks to Mark Haines fine header from a corner. The teams turned around at half-time both deserving to be on level terms.
It was Kingstonian who flew out of the traps early in the second half - Rob Tolfrey's outstanding pass went from penalty area to penalty area, Daniel Ajakaiye evaded everybody and was able to joyfully walk the ball into the net in the 50th minute. Two minutes later and Kingstonian's number nine had his hat-trick, this time with a rasping shot from an acute angle.
There was never the sense that the game was done and dusted as a contest, and true to form in the 60th minute, Bishop's Stortford got one back thanks to a wonderful curling shot from distance from Jonathan Giles to reduce the arrears to one goals. This game was now on a knife-edge and the next goal if there was one would be vitally important.
The next one arrived in the 73rd minute when Gus Sow's shot was deflected past the unfortunate Jack Giddens for Kingstonian's fourth, but despite that setback, the Blues kept coming and were threatening once again, especially from the set play. But, just over a minute after coming on as a substitute, Elliott Buchanan was put through on goal and his finish in the 84th minute oozed class.
Kingstonian went into second place in the fledgling Premier Division table, with only Enfield Town on alphabetical difference sitting above them. The K's have another massive challenge coming up in seven days time when FA Trophy holders Hornchurch are the visitors to King George's Field, kick-off on Saturday 28th August being the usual 3.00pm.