Defeat against Cray Wanderers extends Kingstonian's win-less league run to four
By Joe Acklam
5th Dec 2022 | Football
Kingstonian failed to respond to an early goal as they lost 1-0 at home against Cray Wanderers in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
Sam Wood headed home after 17 minutes to give the visitors the lead following a promising start from Spencer Knight's team.
Kingstonian fought to get back into the game, but failed to truly test Wanderers and the game was more notable for a pair of second half injuries for Corey Parchment and Dwight Pascal, which left the K's with ten players by the end.
Knight is still searching for his first league win in charge of the K's and they have now failed to take all three points in their last four matches.
Parchment created the first dangerous moment of the game as he got in down the side and played a cross to the far post for Jacob Bancroft to run onto, but he cut across the ball and shot wide of the far post.
Parchment went from provider to getting on the end of a cross, as a well struck free-kick from the right picked him out and Shaun Rowley did well to hold his header.
Then on 17 minutes the Wands took the lead as Ben Krauhaus charged down the left and hung-up a cross which Wood attacked with aggression and headed into the top corner for his third goal of the season.
Michael Abnett tried to get Kingstonian back level before the break as he floated a cross in which Kieron Cadogan met on the volley, but it took a ricochet off a defender and behind for a corner.
Kingstonian's threat continued to come through Parchment as his defender struggled to cope with him down the left and his cross picked out Pascal, but his header looped into the sky and landed on the roof of the net.
Bancroft had another opportunity from a ball into the middle, this time for Abnett and Rowley misjudged the flight, but the new signing failed to keep his header on target.
After 65 minutes Cray showed that they were still dangerous as a deep free-kick was whipped in by Anthony Cook and the leaping Rob Tolfrey was forced to push it over the bar.
Sean Bonnett-Johnson then played in Pascal and he forced Rowley into pushing his shot away and Joshua Ogunseye off the bench was on hand to follow up, but he put it wide.
Due to the injuries the K's were down to ten for the last few minutes and ten minutes of stoppage time, which allowed the Wands to relieve pressure and nearly sealed the game as Omari Hibbert countered and found Sam Skeffington, but he shot just wide of the right post.