Match Report: Kings’ punishment for Poole sloppiness

Kings Langley 3

Poole Town 0

Southern League Premier South | MD8 | 25/09/21 |

Poole Town only had themselves to blame after a dreadful showing in Hertfordshire was capitalised upon by the Southern League Premier South’s basement boys.

With Tony Lee struck down by illness, Sean Wright out with a twisted knee and Luke Burbidge on new fatherhood duties, Poole Town were always going to look slightly different – but the biggest absence was manager Tom Killick.

Micky Hubbard took the reins in Hertfordshire, but he was probably left wishing he was anywhere else when the Dolphins fell behind after just a minute played.

Sam Jackson was dispossessed on the half-way life, and whilst Poole recovered, they then failed to press Alfie Williams, who had time and space to find the corner of the net from 20 yards.

In a first half of sloppy passes and defensive lapses, another Dolphins mistake made things even harder for the visitors.

Fouled by opposite number Gary Connolly, Corby Moore was adjudged to have retaliated and stamped on the Kings Langley midfielder.

Despite Moore trying to explain what occurred, he was given his marching orders and Poole were staring at a long afternoon.

The rest of the opening period passed with little incident, with Kings Langley content for Poole to do most of the huffing and puffing.

In the second half, Poole came out of the dressing room with a sense of urgency, going on to control the game for large periods.

Control of the ball did not lead to many opportunities, with numerous players failing to produce any end product.

Will Fletcher had their best chance when released one-on-one, but he could only fire straight at Alfie Marriott.

However, Dolphins were their own worst enemies yet again – with a mix-up at the back eventually confirming Poole’s demise.

A routine ball over the top should have been headed back by stand-in captain Will Spetch, who instead hesitated.

Neither Spetch nor ‘keeper Childs communicated – causing Spetch to head past his goalkeeper, and allow Arel Amu an open goal to place the ball home.

Despite the further set back, Poole returned to controlling the game without much to show for it, with numerous crosses leading to nothing.

Jack Wood compounded Poole’s woes with the hosts’ most well-worked goal – a solo run that eventually ended with the full-back rolling the ball past Childs for Kings Langley’s third.

Poole: Childs, Rose, Jackson, Spetch (c), Dickson, Holmes (Cazé ‘70), Carmichael, Moore, Bedford, Bartlett, Fletcher

Unused Subs: Whisken, Butler (g/k), Hubbard

KL: Marriott (g/k), Hearn, Wood, Williams, Gurteen, Lincoln, Yamfam, Connolly, Amu, Collins (c) (Farruch ‘63), Williams (Hoskins ‘88)

Subs: Putman, Crawford, Johnson

Goals: Alfie Williams ‘1, Amu ‘63, Wood ‘89

Bookings: Dickson ‘59; Yamfam ‘29, Connolly ‘35

Dismissals: Moore ‘35

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