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Kingstonian 3-3 Bowers & Pitsea


K's unable to hold on to a lead three times and draw an ultimately frustrating match.

A frankly mad fixture between Kingstonian and Bowers & Pitsea ended in a 3-3 draw after the K's were unable to hold on to a lead on three occasions.

The scoring began in the 14th minute when Fabio Saraiva rifled a shot from outside the penalty area straight at Bowers' goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney, but the ball inexplicably burst through the custodian's hands to give the home side the lead.

The visitors equalised in the 35th minute with classic direct football - Beeney fielded a curling shot from Teo Kurtaran and launched a quick counter that finished with a Quentin Monville flick header to Lewis Manor, who volleyed home.

Kingstonian took the lead for the second time in the 48th minute when the ball found Nyren Clunis in space on the edge of the six yard box and he made no mistake with his fine volley, Bowers were aggrieved at the offside flag not being raised and K's had the lead again.

The lead lasted twelve minutes this time before Bowers and Pitsea equalised again, this time Michael Ademiluyi was the architect as he forced Julian Schwarzer into two good saves before the ball fell nicely for Pedro Silva Barbosa Bento de Carvalho, who tapped the ball home quicker than you can say Pedro...

Kingstonian took the lead for the third time in the 71st minute and this time it was all down to Ollie Cook, who made a foray forward, fed Daniel Ajakaiye down the right, kept going with his run and was there to convert Ajakaiye's cross from point blank range. Surely K's would be able to keep this lead, wouldn't they?

Actually, no. Bowers and Pitsea pressed for their third equaliser and were duly rewarded in the 82nd minute when Ollie Cook put Michael Ademiluyi's cross into his own net. And lo, the madness was complete and both teams could go home having won themselves one point.

Published Wednesday 23rd March 2022