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Kingstonian 2-2 Leatherhead


A dramatic injury time equaliser gives the Tanners real hope for survival on Saturday.

This was Kingstonian's final home league match at King George's Field, and there haven't been many more dramatic ones as visitors Leatherhead equalised two minutes into second half injury time to put themselves level on points with both Merstham and Cray Wanderers with an East Thurrock vs Cray game on Wednesday and Saturday's programme of matches to go to finish the season.

After the Tanners came out of the traps the faster, it was Kingstonian who took the lead in the 16th minute when Daniel Ajakaiye headed home a cross inside the six yard box. Shaken, but not stirred, Leatherhead came back into the game and in the 23rd minute won a penalty. However, Julian Schwarzer saved Louie Paget's spot kick before Alfie Young superbly headed away the rebound just as Paget was honing on to tap the ball into the net.

Kingstonian's reprieve was short lived, however, as the curse of the former Kingstonian player struck as it usually does, when Tanners' captain Aaron Lamont finished off an excellent move to score with a shot from the edge of the area.

K's took the lead in the 54th minute with the visitors very upset at the match official - it seemed that Jermaine McGlashan was fouled not far outside the penalty area, Kingstonian didn't particular care about the non-call, zoomed up the other end and scored thanks to a glorious curler from Kershaney Samuels.

Leatherhead have recently got the useful habit of scoring late in contests, and it happened once again today in the 92nd minute as Simon Cooper intercepted a cross but could only divert the ball into his own net, an own goal that could yet prove to be absolutely vital to Leatherhead's chances of avoiding the drop.

With there still being no information about what's going on with the Surrey Senior Cup, Kingstonian's last scheduled match of the season takes place on Saturday with a visit to Margate, kick-off at Hartsdown Park being the usual 3.00pm.

Published Monday 18th April 2022