Defeat on the Road Again
Last Game of the season (and maybe playing in the Bostik League) ended in defeat
"Needham ended their season with a second visit to Fetcham Grove, Leatherhead, where Kingstonian have been groundsharing this season. This was K's last game at Leatherhead as they will be groundsharing with Corinthian-Casuals from next season.
Needham's injury woes continued with Keiran Morphew, Luke Ingram and Adam Mills all unfit and, with Dan Morphew also unavailable, this led to starts for two Academy scholars, James Carragher and George Exworth, with two more, Keiran Turner and Tyler Rose, on the bench.
The game started very much as an 'end of season' affair, with very little to report for the first 20 minutes or so. The home team began to create a few chances and only some fine saves from Danny Gay kept them out. At the other end, Sam Nunn tried to repeat his winning goal in the same net as against Leatherhead, but his header was saved by Rob Tolfrey in the K's goal.
The half ended goalless with little indication of what was to come in the second.
Kingstonian began the half on the front foot and opened the scoring after 51 minutes when Daniel Ajakaiye fired home after Danny Gay had pushed away a cross.
Needham had a great chance to equalise 10 minutes later when Ryan Gibbs was clattered in the area by Tolfrey, resulting in a booking for the keeper and a penalty to Needham. Jamie Griffiths uncharacteristically side-footed the spot-kick well wide of Tolfrey's right-hand post.
Kingstonian doubled their lead after 70 minutes when Greg Cundle fired home a fine shot from outside the area. The home side were well on top now and it was no surprise when Mahammadu Faal rounded off a good move after 77 minutes. Kingstonian were awarded a penalty after 88 minutes following a trip by Jake Dye, but substitute Jerry Amoo came out in sympathy with Jamie Griffiths by also putting his shot well wide of the post.
The home side were not to be denied a fourth goal and Faal netted his second in injury time, though the Kingstonian reporter (from a better position than me) confirmed that Faal was clearly offside.
FULL TIME KINGSTONIAN 4 NEEDHAM MARKET 0
So, a disappointing end to the season, which has fizzled out for Needham since survival was confirmed several weeks ago, with no points and no goals in the last five games. The season has been characterised by a number of long-term injuries and we can only hope our luck changes for the 18/19 season.
On a positive note, Needham finished comfortably outside the bottom four and the injury situation gave several Academy players the opportunity to experience Bostik Premier football and they all acquitted themselves extremely well.
Onto next season and if, as predicted, Needham are placed in the new Central Division, there will be plenty of new grounds to visit.