Newly appointed Head Coach, Simon Wormull made two changes to the side who picked up all three points against Margate last Saturday, re-introducing Billy Barker and Gary Elphick to the starting XI.
The visitors started well, with Alfie Doughty causing the Hillians problems with his pace. Both sides struggled to stamp their authority on the remainder of the half, with clear-cut opportunities at a premium. In the 41st minute, Andre McCollin saw his thunderous effort rebound back off the crossbar. Moments later, Gogonas, on the back post, appeared to block Pope’s guided header with his arm – but the referee waved away the Hillians’ appeal.
Wormull introduced the pace of Tariq Richards early in the second half. The K’s continued to show why they’re second in the form guide, as they started the half strongly. Once again however, chances were few and far between. In the 70th minute, Josh James produced a wonderful low save to prevent Theophanous from opening the scoring with a powerful header. With 10 minutes remaining, Richards’ thunderous effort flew just wide of Tolfrey’s left-hand post. The visitors broke the deadlock in the 84th minute, as Buchanan finished off a good move from the K’s. The visitors held out to take all three points back up the M23.
A disappointing afternoon for the Hillians, who would have hoped to have held out for a point against a Kingstonian side in a fine run of form.
The Hillians MOTM was awarded to Ben Pope, who, as always, worked tirelessly up front against a physical centre half pairing.
Next up, we welcome Merstham to the Green Elephants Stadium.