The usual procession of pre-season subs brought the undoubted highlight of the day, as Richard Johnson returned to the fray at last. Looking strong and lean, he had a good twenty-five minutes, culminating in two rasping drives from usual Johnson territory which, had one gone in, would quite frankly have sent our band of fans mental. How we need him to produce the goods when his competitive first team return gets underway. There were also useful run-outs for Vernazza and Glass, while Patterson and Norville showed enough to indicate that we’ll see much more of them as the season goes on. And so, at the end of the game, Yeading were able to celebrate a well-earned win and we were left to ponder some of the things we had seen. Pre-season never has been and never will be a good no barometer of what lies ahead, but I would hope we can raise our game sufficiently when the real action starts, or it’s going to be a tough old season….
Month: July 2002
News Shopper report:
A late Ronnie Green goal gave the Ks the scalp of First Division Watford at Kingsmeadow on Saturday. Tommy Smith and Dominic Foley spurned opportunities to score for Watford, before Peter Barnsby headed Kingstonian into a surprise 70th minute lead, getting first run on the defence to convert a James Pinnock free-kick. Substitute Jason Norville fired home Watford’s equaliser two minutes later, following good work by Simon Patterson and Neil Cox, but it was the home side who had the last laugh with five minutes remaining when Ronnie Green sprinted clear of the visiting defence to slide a low shot past Alec Chamberlain.
BSAD report: One day short of a year ago we were at Aylesbury, and the talk was of revolution, a press pack awaiting the appearance of our suave Italian manager in his white suit. A year on, Vialli is gone, there is a single photographer perched lazily along the touchline from the home side’s goal and most of those in attendance at Clarence Park wouldn’t recognise our new manager if he paid his money at the turnstiles and slouched onto the terraces with the rest of us.