Dover Athletic 1 Kingstonian 2
Kingstonian moved off the bottom of the Ryman Premier League thanks to a dramatic win at Dover Athletic on Saturday a result which saw home boss Steve Browne sacked after the final whistle.
A niggly match with lots of long-ball football wasn't pretty to watch, but Ks gave a superb collective effort.
Ks keeper Nick Hart and Dover veteran Paul Hyde both made dramatic saves in an end-to-end first half before Kenny Ojukwa gave the visitors the lead.
Dover struck Ks' woodwork twice after the break before Ojukwa broke free to set up Giles Coke to thunder the second goal.
A goal 10 minutes from the end produced unbearable tension for Ks, particularly as the referee found seven minutes of stoppage time.
Hyde made his first great save from Scott Steele's curling free kick after Coke had been hacked down on the edge of the box.
At the other end, Paul Armstrong burst through Ks' defence and unleashed a fierce drive that Hart superbly pushed away at full stretch.
After seven minutes, Ojukwa took advantage of a mistake to charge into the box, but Hyde made an amazing point-blank save.
Then Jamie Palmer headed Steele's inswinging corner into the net, but referee John Rowbury spotted an infringement.
Hart pushed Victor Renner's free kick away for a corner, before Hyde made a magnificent save to push away James Rose's header from Dave Timothy's cross, Ks unable to take advantage of an almighty scramble.
In the 15th minute, Armstrong's powerful drive took a horrible deflection over Hart, but Bashiru Alimi swept the ball off the line.
Ks took the lead in the 24th minute when Steele's inswinging corner caught out Dover's defence and Ojukwa nodded the ball home.
It was nearly 2-0 five minutes later when Ojukwa set up Steele in the Dover box.
His first strike was blocked and his second attempt was only inches wide.
Nick Grime and Renner were then off target with headers for Dover before a Ks counter saw Ojukwa set up Steele, but Daniel Braithwaite blocked his shot.
Then Palmer set up Rose, but a full-stretch Hyde acrobatically tipped over his looping header.
The thrills and spills continued in the second half.
Armstrong found the Ks net with a header that was disallowed and Stuart Maynard's rising drive beat Hart, but thumped against the bar.
Dover's luck was really out when Braithwaite took off down the left and his audacious shot wrongfooted Hart, but struck the bar.
But it was Ks who scored next after 59 minutes. Okujwa got to the byline on the right and his cross was only half cleared to an unmarked Coke, who lashed the ball home.
At the other end, Hart tipped away Jude Sterling's 30 yarder and Timothy blocked Palmer's close-range effort.
Ks went close in the 78th minute after Coke found Ojukwa in space, but Hyde made another great instinctive save.
An exhausted Steele pulled himself off with 10 minutes left and Dover scored almost immediately.
Gavin Rose set up Palmer deep inside the Ks' box and he slotted past Hart as the defenders waited for an offside flag.
With six minutes left, Armstrong burst into Ks' box, but Alimi made a perfectly-timed tackle.
Then Dover skipper Craig Cloke was booked for bundling Hart into the back of his own net.
In stoppage time, Braithwaite's cross found Palmer unmarked, but Alimi again made the vital block.
Kingstonian: Nick Hart, Lewis Hamilton, Bashiru Alimi, Richard Taylor, Robert Paris, Giles Coke (capt), Dave Timothy, Jamie Palmer (Luke Muldowney 55), Kenny Ojukwa, Scott Steele (Martyn Lee 80), James Rose (Phil Ruggles 90).
Yellow cards: Rose, Ojukwa, Timothy.
1:28pm Monday 17th January 2005Print