Haringey Ease Past Off-Colour K's
By Kingstonian FC
Haringey Borough serve notice on the rest of the league that they are promotion contenders.
Match report by Rupert Cane.
Kingstonian’s excellent recent form was brought to a shuddering halt by Haringey Borough, themselves on a run of five straight league wins since AFC Wimbledon edged them out of the FA Cup.
It was actually the K’s who had the better of the opening quarter-of-an-hour, and things might have been very different had Elliot Buchanan converted an early one-on-one chance. Instead, he put it too close to visiting stopper Valery Pajetet, and the afternoon went downhill from there.
On 18 minutes, Joel Nouble, a top Bostik marksman, converted what Leigh Dynan pointed out was Haringey’s only first-half chance. The manager added that profligacy in front of goal before the break was what cost his team dear; until the second period this looked like a customarily evenly-matched encounter between two sides expected to challenge at the top of the table.
A one-goal deficit seemed surmountable, but Haringey struck a killer second just three minutes after the interval through Karl Akinwande, who was first to a rebound inside the six-yard box.
At this point the K’s players badly lost their way, the ample stuffing provided by recent wins well and truly knocked out of them. Coby Rowe headed in a third shortly before the hour as heads dropped and passes went astray.
There was barely an incident of note in Kingstonian’s attacking third during a dismal second-half display that had Dynan worried afterwards. He will hope this was only a one-off.
An emphatic away win turned into a mauling with 11 minutes left, Chinedu McKenzie capitalising on some more hesitant play from a new-look defence that included star signing Dean Inman. He and his team-mates will have many better days than this ahead, you suspect.
Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Connor Dymond, Tyler Brown, Aaron Lamont, Dean Inman, Temi Eweka, James Daly, Shaun McAuley, Elliott Buchanan, Louie Theophanous, Alfie Doughty.
Subs: Delano Sam-Yorke (for Alfie Doughty, 59m), Tommy Brewer (for Temi Eweka, 59m), Jay Gasson, Manolis Gogonas (for Connor Dymond, 59m), Muhammadu Faal.
Haringey Borough: Valery Pajetat, David Olufemi, Michael O'Donoghue, Rakim Richards, Scott Mitchell, Coby Rowe, Karl Akinwande, Lionel Stone, Chinedu McKenzie, Charley Barker, Joel Nouble.
Subs: Jordan Edwards (for Chinedu McKenzie, 84m), Anthony McDonald (for Joel Nouble, 81m), Zivonimir Suares Lopes, Ricky Sappleton (for Coby Rowe, 67m), Curtis Jackson.
Goal scorers: Joel Nouble (18m, 0-1), Karl Akinwande (48m, 0-2), Coby Rowe (56m, 0-3), Chinedu McKenzie (79m, 0-4)