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Kingstonian 1-1 Carshalton Athletic

Rob Tolfrey

Terrific Tolfrey heroics help K's snap their losing streak and begin the Dean Brennan era with a draw against the Robins.

As often happens, when there is a change in manager, the first game under the new incumbent is frequently an energetic, hard working and whole hearted affair. This game was no different.

K's took the lead in the 8th minute when Rhys Murrell-Williamson scored his third goal for the K's (all against Carshalton) with a long range effort that might have been a shot, might have been a cross, but no matter, the ball flew past goalkeeper Patrick Ohman and into the net.

The Robins then enjoyed a large amount of pressure, and were amply rewarded with a fine flicked header by Harry Ottaway that levelled the scores in the 27th minute.

Things got worse for the K's as Louie Theophanous went off with what looked like a hamstring injury in the 34th minute.

However the K's held out to half time and in the second half they contributed bravely to what became an even game, though most of the clear chances fell to the Robins.

Their best chance came from the penalty spot in the 75th minute after an apparent foul by Dean Inman, but Ricky Korboa's strike was superbly saved by Rob Tolfrey, just one of a number of fine stops.

So, the era of Dean Brennan begins with a hard fought draw against a good Carshalton team, and the club can now look forward to next weekend's trip with Brightlingsea feeling better about itself.

Published Saturday 16th February 2019