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Knebworth
Belstone
Sat 18 Nov 14:00 - League Full time

Firsts shock Belstone

Sam Harte's belter broke Belstone hearts. Raja Tandoori man of the match: Sam Harte

The Ks ended Belstone's incredible 11-game winning streak with Sam Harte's 89th minute thunderbolt enough to secure a draw.

After a disastrous start it seemed the Ks would be in for a long afternoon against a side who had yet to drop a point this season. Just two minutes in Scott Waters's clearance failed to get much distance and Belstone played the ball neatly out wide and then flashed across goal where it was turned in by the prolific Darren Turner.

The hosts grafted away and got themselves back in the game without really testing Shaun O'Bryne in the Belstone goal. Debutant Waters kept his side in the game with a solid close-range save from Ashfar.

Ten minutes into the second half Waters made a double save before the loose ball was turned in to the Knebworth net but celebrations were short lived as the flag went up for offside. Down to ten men with 15 minutes remaining, with Leon Gutzmore dismissed for an innocuous coming together, the Ks were also denied a goal by the assistant's flag when Tom Oram nodded home. Oram was given his marching orders moments later after becoming tangled with his marker and the Ks would play out the final ten minutes with nine men.

Despite their depleted numbers, Knebworth defied logic and laid siege to the Belstone goal. When the visitors could only half clear a corner Sam Harte was in position to rifle the ball in to the top corner of the net from the edge of the box; cue wild celebrations on the pitch and behind the goal where the home faithful savoured the sweet strike.

There was even hope of an added-time winner for the Ks as Kadeem Gutzmore jinxed through but held off shooting, giving Williams time to recover and block his delayed effort.

Raja Tandoori man of the match: Sam Harte

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