Lowestoft Town 2 Kingstonian 0
Lowestoft Town gained a morale-boosting win over Kingstonian at Crown Meadow thanks to goals in either half from Jake Reed and Lee Smith.
Reed opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when he finished off some fine approach play from Jack Ainsley and Robert Eagle for his fifth of the season. The Trawlerboys finally sealed the points late on when Reed teed up Lee Smith three minutes from time and the former Bury man made no mistake from close range.
Lowestoft fully deserved the victory with Reed in particular impressing in leading the Blues' line. However, Kingstonian were unfortunate not to draw level early in the second half when Charlie Knight had an effort chalked off after the referee had blown for a foul in the visitors' favour in the build-up to his right-footed finish.
Lowestoft were in the ascendancy from the kick-off with Adam Smith getting forward well down the left. Robert Eagle, playing on the left in the absence of Chris Henderson, had the first decent effort of the afternoon when he jinked past a couple of players on the edge of the box before clipping a right-footed effort towards goal, which Kingstonian goalkeeper, Rob Tolfrey, did well to tip over.
While Lowestoft were enjoying the majority of possession, the visitors appeared happy to absorb the pressure and play on the break. On several occasions they threatened but the final pass was letting them down, much to the relief of the Lowestoft back four.
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Kingstonian came close to opening the scoring in the 20th minute when Joshua Casey's superlative effort from 30 yards cannoned off the crossbar to safety. Lowestoft stood off the midfielder, who needed little invitation to shoot, and Ashlee Jones could only watch the ball rebound off the woodwork.
Reed, who shrugged off a groin injury to declare his fitness for the Blues, was beginning to have more of an effect on the game with his industry providing problems for the Kingstonian centre halves.
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The former Dagenham & Redbridge man met an Eagle cross midway through the half but, from six yards out, his downward header was well saved by Tolfrey.
But Reed wouldn't be denied and just after the half-hour mark the striker opened the scoring. Jack Ainsley made good progress down the right flank before delivering a deep cross to Eagle, whose first-time pass found Reed in the six-yard area and he couldn't miss, prodding the ball past Tolfrey.
Kingstonian responded well to going behind though and should have got back on level terms before the break. Ryan Moss sprung the Lowestoft offside trap only to see a tame effort well saved by Jones before Andre McCollin ghosted past Sam Gaughran only to see his left-footed shot from the edge of the area clip the post.
Kingstonian could count themselves very unlucky not to restore parity at the start of the second half when they controversially had a goal ruled out. Charlie Knight buffeted his way through a couple of challenges on the edge of the area before unleashing a right-footed effort into the top corner but the referee had already blown his whistle for a foul on the midfielder.
The K's bench were bewildered why the referee hadn't played the advantage and seeing the resulting free-kick hit well over the bar did nothing to quell their sense of injustice.
The visitors had another great chance when McCollin just had Jones to beat but the K's leading scorer hit his effort straight at the Blues' shot-stopper.
Lowestoft wrapped up the points late on when they hit Kingstonian on the break. Reed did well to ride the challenge of Matthew Drage down the left before rolling the ball into the path of Lee Smith in the six-yard area and he side-footed the ball home.
- Lowestoft Town (4-3-3): Jones, Williams, Gleeson (Okay 46), Gaughran, A Smith, Fisk, Jarvis, J Ainsley, L Smith, Eagle, Reed (Bailey 90). Subs not used: S Ainsley, Fitzgerald, Jessup.
- Kingstonian (4-4-2): Tolfrey, Goode, Drage, Page, Hogg, Ofusu-Hene, Kavanagh, Casey, Knight, Moss, McCollin. Subs not used: Okojie, Sweeney, Moody, Jelley, Faith.
- Referee: Garry Maskell
- Attendance: 501