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A good first half performance and a determined display in the second, ensured that Tooting came away from a mud soaked Fetcham Grove today with all three points, as they completed their first double of the season and first win of 2018.
Kingstonian started the game strongly as they won successive corners in the opening encounters. However Tooting defended well and on most occasions were able to deal with the danger. As the game progressed, Tooting began to find their feet on the mud and started to threaten the Ks goal themselves. They deservedly took the lead on 37 minutes after winning a free kick midway inside the Ks’ half, out to the right. Chace O’Neill played the ball forward to Peter Wedgeworth and proceeded to press forwarded himself, overlapping the full back out on the touchline before receiving the return pass that allowed him to play the ball into the penalty area. It was met first time, just beyond the penalty spot, by Eddie Dines, sneaking in between Mano Gogonas and Kevin MacLaren, to send a side footed volley that Rob Tolfrey, in the Ks’ goal could only watch go past him into the net.
Kingstonian again started the half strongly forcing the Terrors onto the back foot however despite riding their luck on occasions; they kept the Ks at bay. Despite the home side having the initiative for most of the second half, there were still opportunities for the Terrors to extend the lead. There was a great opportunity for Omar Folkes to score when he was sent clear through the middle by Chace O’Neill however his effort from just inside the box was stopped by the ‘keeper two yards in front of goal and despite Folkes being first to the loose ball, he was unable to force it home. One of the best moves of the game came when Tope Fadahunsi pushed forward down the right hand side. He played the ball into the path of Dominic Morgan-Griffiths who had made a diagonal run into the penalty area. He continued his run towards the bye line before pulling it back to Isaiah Jones on the edge of the box but unfortunately he curled his effort just over the cross bar. There was one final scare for Tooting in the last minute of the game however a combined effort from Matte Pierson and Peter Wedgeworth ensured that the ball stayed out of the Terrors’ goal.
Photo credit: Sam Conquest