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Bognor Regis Town 1
Smith (76')
1 Kingstonian
Kavanagh (28' pen)

Bognor Regis Town report

match report by James Maw.

Kingstonian were left frustrated after playing superbly at Nyewood Lane, only to come away with a 1-1 draw.

Hayden Bird's side got off to a great start, creating several promising openings in the first ten minutes of the match.

First Eddie Dsane was played through by Aaron Lamont but was denied by the outstretched boot of Rocks keeper Amadou Tangara. Bognor had a goal chalked off for offside at the other end, before Dan Hector fired a left-footed shot just wide having left Tangara with no chance of stopping his powerful strike across goal.

Lamont then had a chance of his own as we continued to assert our authority on the game, capitalising on a mis-control by Bognor's Matt Casey only to be denied the chance to get a clear shot at goal by a great last-ditch tackle.

Tangara - who began the season at K's - had started the game superbly, but things suddenly took a turn.

The Bognor keeper charged out of his goal to sweep up a loose ball, only to be dispossessed by Gus Sow. With our No.7 bearing down on goal and Tangara marooned off his line, Sow was hacked to the ground. The referee pointed to the penalty kick, although didn't produce a card of any colour.

Tommy Kavanagh fired the spot kick straight down the middle to give us a deserved lead going into the interval.

We continued to push for a second goal in the early stages of the second half, with Kavanagh going relatively close with a long-range piledriver.

As the game got stretch and K's started to tire, Harry Osbourne was then called into action at the other end. First he blocked Brad Lethbridge's header, then he heroicly hacked the Bognor No.11's follow-up off the line while sprawling across the turf.

Sadly there was nothing he could do minutes later when Dan Smith's sliced shot span in off the inside of the post, giving credibility to all those television pundits who have said "if anything he hit it too well".

Having been pegged back, Kingstonian once again clicked up a gear in the hope of sealing a massive win in the quest for a late-season surge towards the play-offs.

Lamont fired over from the edge of the box, before Hector and Fabio Saraiva both struck the woodwork within the space of ten seconds. Hector's powerful effort from the edge of the box cannoned back off the inside of the post, before the ball eventually worked its way to Fabio, who frustratingly hit the underside of the bar from six yards out with the goal at his mercy.

Sometimes you just know it isn't going to be your day...

Bognor Regis Town: Amadou Tangara, James Crane, Matt Casey, Doug Tuck, Joe Cook, Keaton Wood, Arron Hopkinson, Tommy Leigh, Dan Smith, Josh Flint, Bradley Lethbridge.

Subs: Mason Walsh (for Arron Hopkinson, 62m), Harry Kavanagh (for Joe Cook, 48m), Ben Mendoza, Eddie Wakley.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Sean Clohessy, Fabio Saraiva, Simon Cooper, Harry Osborne, Kenny Beaney, Gus Sow, Tom Kavanagh, Eddie Dsane, Aaron Lamont, Dan Hector.

Subs: Ollie Cook, Calum Davies (for Eddie Dsane, 85m), Ben Harrison (for Aaron Lamont, 69m), Jerry Puemo, Sam Oguntayo.

Goal scorers: Tom Kavanagh (28m pen, 1-0), Dan Smith (76m, 1-1)

Attendance: 623

Published Thursday 6th February 2020