The season is well and truly underway in August, as we get ready for our fourth game of the season in just fifteen days. This time it’s the turn of Kingstonian to visit. Let’s look forward to what to expect on Saturday at the Maurice Rebak Stadium
Kingstonian, based in south west London finished last season in 18th position in the Isthmian Premier, just 6 points clear of the drop zone.
There has been some upheaval at the club recently, only retaining seven first team players for former Wingate and current K's manger Simon Lane at the start of the year. But the fans remain defiant, and there seems to be cautious optimism that a fresh season could see them defy expectations and avoid the drop.
Last Time Out
Despite a dominant start, the Blues were pegged back by Whitehawk in Brighton, leaving the south coast with a point after a 3-3 draw. It had looked like 3 points and an away win was on the cards 50’ in, with a three goal lead, but the hosts managed to drag the game back and eventually escaped defeat in the 91st minute.
The result leaves us 12th in the table with 4 points from our first 3 games.
Kingstonian, for their part, ran out 2-1 victors at home against Canvey Island to pick up their first win and points of the campaign. Their winner came in the 93rd minute, courtesy of ex-Blue Darnell Goather-Braithwaite, and leaves them 14th in the league after three games, with three points.
Both of last season’s fixtures finished 2-2 with no shortage of late drama. Most notably, Michael Olarewaju rescued a point at home on a cold Tuesday night for the Blues, in a game where frost became noticeably visible on the ground as the evening progressed.
Players to watch
Zack Newton and Anointed Chukwu both come into this game having scored two goals in the last two games.
For Kingstonian, ex-Blues Hani Berchiche and Darnell Goather-Braithwaite look set to face off against their old club. Eddie Dsane has scored two goals from their first three games, and will look continue that good form on Saturday.
It's a 3pm kick off, and tickets are just £12 for adults, £8 for concessions, and free for U18s! Plus, try out JK Burgers and the clubhouse bar to keep fed and watered throughout the game.
See you there!