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Kingstonian 1-3 Whitehawk

Whitehawk (badge to end 2018-19)

Awful first half showing condemns K's to painful defeat.

Kingstonian fell to a deserved home defeat against bottom side Whitehawk as a poor first half allowed the visitors to score three times in the first half.

And yet K's took the lead when the Hawks fell asleep at the back and allowed Elliott Buchanan to lash one home from close range in the 15th minute.

However, injury to Dean Inman was the catalyst to defensive disorganisation, for which K's were thoroughly punished.

The first goal came in the 27th minute when Lucas Rodriguez danced past several defenders and scored with a fine strike. Before the restart Inman was replaced and K's still hadn't sorted themselves out when Henry Muggeridge flew past the defence and lobbed Rob Tolfrey to take the lead on the half hour mark.

Then in the 37th minute, Aaron Goode's long range shot was going well wide but Sinn'Kaye Christie stuck a leg out and diverted the ball home.

Kingstonian were better in the second half, but did not have enough guile to drag themselves back into the contest, and when they did create a chance of two, they found keeper Melvin Minted in fine form.

The K's will need to regroup well after this poor day at the office as next up is a difficult trip to Folkestone Invicta next Saturday.

Published Saturday 19th January 2019