by John Bevan
Kingston 1st 2
Roehampton 1st 1
Kingston Women’s first XI came from a goal down to earn a 2-1 victory at home to Roehampton on Wednesday with a 68th-minute winner from Sue Wynes.
Roehampton had taken the lead through Kim Wallace in the 32nd-minute, with Leanne Davidson equalising for the home side after the break but Kingston wasted numerous chances throughout and should have increased the scoreline.
Kingston camped in the visitors’ half for much of the game, pinning Roehampton back into their own penalty area.
It was not until the 20-minute mark that the home side created their first meaningful chance. Flo Ames and Becky Tansey combined and Tansey’s low shot was held well by the goalkeeper. It was not the only time the pair caused trouble for Roehampton’s defence.
Tansey managed to get a shot away from the same position two minutes later, again with the assistance of Ames, but again Roehampton’s goalkeeper saved the shot.
The visitors tightened their defence and Kingston had to resort to shots from distance that failed to trouble the defence. Roehampton’s only option was to catch the home side on the counter attack and, against the run of play, Kim Wallace received the ball on the edge of the area and smashed it into the top corner of the net.
It was the first bit of action the Kingston defence had seen and it was harsh on them to go into the break a goal down.
Kingston started the second half with renewed vigour, Tansey and Ames controlling the midfield and working Roehampton into submission. Constant pressure produced a stunning exchange for Kingston’s equaliser. Ames crossed from the right, evading everyone and hitting the far post. Tansey regained control and set up Ames for another cross which Leanne Davidson headed home from two yards.
Kingston now had the bit between their teeth and it was not long before they got their second. A long ball from the back found its way to Sue Wynes who was one-on-one with the Roehampton goalkeeper and coolly slotted home. It was no more than Kingston deserved for their second half performance.
The home side saw out a shaky last few minutes during which a 25-yard shot from Wallace grazed the cross bar.
Kingston are unbeaten so far this season leading Sussex by eight points in the South Eastern 2A section of the BUCS League.