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Bangura (16'), Collins (62')

Corinthian-Casuals match report

match report by Simon Grier

Ks moved to within a point of safety thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over Corinthian-Casuals at King George's Field. The job still isn't done but it was certainly a huge stride toward Ks escaping from this tough season with their Premier Division status intact.

Casuals, who themselves had had their relegation confirmed with a defeat at Cray 48 hours earlier, started the brighter. But they struggled to turn attacking intent into clear chances and then on 16 minutes a fierce 25-yard awayswinger from Ibrahim Bangura found Callum Coulter's top corner. From then on, a Ks win always seemed most likely.

Darnell Goather-Braithwaite was sharp throughout and midway through the half he forced Coulter into a good save from a shot angling towards his top corner. And Ks came even closer just before the interval, David Nyarko firing off the underside of the bar after a neat Michael Abnett through ball.

The visitors continued to look the more dangerous side after the break, with Goather-Braithwaite firing narrowly over before playing Nyarko in on goal a minute later. Unfortunately, the Ks man took too heavy a touch as he looked to round Coulter.

On 65 minutes the second goal came though, with Goather-Braithwaite again involved. His low cross found Tom Collins and the forward did well to control the ball before turning and poking past Coulter from a tricky angle.

Casuals' attempts to get back on level terms were hampered by two straight red cards late in the game. First, Sean Agun was sent off for a foul which saw Abnett limp off injured; and two minutes from time Simbarashe Kudyiwa was also dismissed after appearing to retaliate towards Sean Bonnett-Johnson.

Ks still need to finish the job by picking up another point against either Cray or Hornchurch; otherwise, they'll have to nervously hope that neither Herne Bay nor Bowers & Pitsea win both their remaining games. Nonetheless, this was a huge result for Simon Lane's men in front of a passionate support.

Corinthian-Casuals: Callum Coulter, Zack Chislett, Jack Tucker, Malakai Hyman, Simba Kudyiwa, Sean Agun, Sahid Kamara, Finlay Lovatt, Mack Reilly, Ricardo Thompson, Reuben Collins.

Subs: William McDonald (for Mack Reilly, 70m), Jared Myers (for Reuben Collins, HT), Benas Libikas, Jola Lahan, Yann Jansen (for Sahid Kamara, 69m)

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Emmanuel Adebiyi, Ibrahim Bangura, Hugo Odogwu-Atkinson, Matt Drage, Charlie Greenwood, Lee Lewis, Michael Abnett, Tom Collins, Darnell Goather-Braithwaite, David Nyarko.

Subs: Hakeem Adelakun, Alex MacAllister, Keane Anderson (for Michael Abnett, 74m), Sean Bonnett-Johnson (for David Nyarko, 82m), Chike Kandi (for Tom Collins, 89m)

Red cards: Sean Agun (73m, foul), Simba Kudyiwa (88m, foul)

Goal scorers: Ibrahim Bangura (16m, 0-1), Tom Collins (62m, 0-2)

Attendance: 557

Published Tuesday 11th April 2023