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26 January 2010 | Twinkletoes82

Riverside leave it late..............

Riverside Inn FC left it very late in their 4th Round Kent Junior Cup tie against Kingshill Spitfires of West Malling coming from 2-1 down to win 5-2 with just 15 minutes left to secure a home fixture in the 5th round where they will entertain South London Alliance League side Bexlian Reserves.

The Division 1 League leaders started brightly enough enjoying the best of the opening 15 minutes with Steven Adams, Jason Booth & Chris Clements all going close with long range efforts, Andy Neal almost converterd from a Stuart Kingsnorth cross but couldnt keep his header down. Kingshill then had large parts of posession but centre backs Steven Donald & Sean Knight were comfortably in control for the most part and when they were beaten goalkeeper Tom Cornell showed why he such a highly rated player producing one first half save of the highest order. The Neal/Farmer partnership eventually broke the Kingshill rearguard mid way through the first half after some strong physical play from Andy Neal he managed to play his strike partner in who finished emphatically from close range to give the travelling side a deserved lead. This goal seemed to wake their opponents who then took full advantage of playing down hill pegging the Riverside Inn in their own half for the remainder of the half but for all their pressure they just couldnt break down the well organised visitors, but they got their stroke of luck a minute before halftime when a corner was whipped in at the near post it took a wicked deflection and looped over the helpless Tom Cornell making it 1-1 at half time.

The Riverside Inn started the far brighter and their fitness started to really shine through, clearly the fresher and fitter side they went about creating chance after chance but they couldnt quite finish them off. This was to their downfall as the home side pushed forward the ball took an awkward bounce and evader the two Riverside centre backs, Tom Cornell was quick off his line saving low at the strikers feet but the ball spun clear and Kingshill were 2-1 up against the run of play, Andy Ward did have a chance to equalise when he sprung the offside trap he got himself 1vs1 with the Kingshill keeper but rather than squaring the ball to the waiting Andy Neal he scewed his shot wide of the left hand post. Substitutes were made with Neil Cheesman, Richard Long & Grant Moffat all entering the fray. It was Neil Cheesman who made the biggest impact with 15 minutes to go he broke from defence and set on a run goalwards beating three men in the process he then played a superb ball in to Andy Neal who then finished clinicaly form 12 yards to drag his side back in to the cup. The Riverside then set about dismantling their tiring opponents with both Richard Long & Grant Moffat being introduced also the fresh legs really showed and the bombardment of the Kingshill goal began. Chris Clements almost grabbed the winner when he headed powerfully goalwards from a Stuart Kingsnorth corner but couldnt get the angle right. It was down to Man of the Match Andy Neal to grab the all important 3rd after some great work from Cheesman again he supplied the ammunition for Neal who superbly chipped the goalkeeper from just inside the box to send the Riverside team in to raptures. Left Back Jason Booth also got in on the act when his 40 yard cross come shot decieved everyone including Kingshills goalkeeper and flew in to the back of the net. With the game effectively over there was just time for Andy Neal to grab his hatrick, Guy Farmer broke down the left wing drilling a cross over the 6 yard box where Neal meet the ball lifting it over the keeper and in to the net.

Riverside Inn have once again shown their never say die attitude and they will need this more than over over the coming weeks when they face Rolevenden on the 30th January and perhaps the clubs toughest game yet when they take on Bexlian Reserves of the South London Alliance League on the 6th February in the 5th Round of the Kent Junior Cup.

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