Kingstonian 2, Lowestoft Town 0

Lowestoft Town manager Mickey Chapman bemoaned his side's continuing lack of luck after their 2-0 defeat at Kingstonian.

'Sometimes things don't go for you. I felt sorry for the lads, they gave everything and ran their hearts out.

'Two decisions killed us after we started really well. We had a goal disallowed which we felt was perfectly good then we had a player dismissed. We couldn't understand that either. We had been in the ascendancy up to that point.

'Things are not going our way at the moment, we are not getting the rub of the green,' he said.

But he felt with the quality of the players in the club and the spirit in the dressing room, if they kept working hard things would turn around.

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Andrew Fisk and Matt Nolan both returned to the starting line up with loan signing Sam Corcoran and Adrian Forbes dropping to the bench.

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Lowestoft started brightly and their early promise was rewarded with a ninth-minute penalty awarded after Dean Hamlin brought down Joe Francis as he moved into the area.

However, Michael Frew's spot-kick was well saved by Rob Tolfrey diving to his right to parry.

Undismayed, Lowestoft continued to attack and thought they had taken the lead in the 17th minute as Scott Mitchell's crossfield pass set Joe Francis clear. After taking the ball into the penalty area, he pulled the ball back for Fisk to drill home from 15 yards. The celebrations were soon curtailed as the referee disallowed the effort for off side.

There was further gloom for Lowestoft in the 27th minute when they were reduced to 10 men with the sending off of Fisk for his second yellow card following two tackles.

Lowestoft continued to attack and from Stuart Ainsley's cross Frew's glancing header grazed a post.

Kingstonian finally started getting into the game and Ian Pearce took a return pass from Bobby Trainer, forcing Andy Reynolds into his first save of the game.

From the resultant corner Tom Hutchinson's powerful header was nodded clear by Scott Mitchell.

With a minute of the first half remaining Kingstonian took the lead, very much against the run of play.

Pearce's flick-on set Paul Vines clear to round Reynolds and score from a narrow angle.

Within a minute Kingstonian added a second whilst Lowestoft were temporarily down to nine men with the injured Adam Smith off the pitch being treated.

Sam Clayton took full advantage of the space caused by the defender's absence to volley home a cross from the left.

Lowestoft worked tirelessly in the second period to get back into the game despite their numerical disadvantage.

But despite their possession their only real goal attempt was a Smith drive across the face of the goal following good play from Scott Mitchell and Nolan.

Kingstonian might have increased their lead in the latter stages as lively young substitute Antonio Gonnella forced Reynolds to hold his header just below the bar before cutting inside Andrew Cave-Brown and skimming the bar with a shot from 25 yards.

Although Lowestoft may bemoan their luck on the day, the brutal truth is that despite dominating possession their only two attempts on target were Frew's saved penalty and Fisk's disallowed strike.

• Kingstonian: Tolfrey, Hamlin, Bird, Thompson, Hutchinson, Pearce (Cheadle, 85), Clayton, Tait (Hustwick, 74), Traynor (Gonnella, 81), Vines, Alimi, Subs (not used) Lodge, Taylor.

• Lowestoft Town: Reynolds, Cave-Brown, Smith (Forbes, 62), Fisk, Crane, Haynes-Brown, Mitchell, Ainsley, Nolan (Stock, 80), Frew, Francis (Corcoran, 34), Subs (not used) Gaughran, Forshaw.

• Attendance: 366.

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