Take That, Boreham Wood!

Sorry to get all parochial, but the loose ends of last season have only this week been tied up for my club, Isthmian League Kingstonian. And if you are weighing up the risks to your club of strolling onto the pitch at a vital stage of your club’s most vital match of the season in order to stick one on the opposition’s centre-half, and strolling off again, unchallenged, this will be of interest to you too (although I strongly suspect no such person would be reading this website). To recap briefly, Kingstonian missed promotion to Conference South (or Blue Square BET South, as it’s now catchily known) when they lost 2-0 at Boreham Wood in the play-off final on May 1st. Over the 90 minutes, Wood were the better side, with their second goal a wonderful long-range range effort worthy of winning games far higher up football’s pyramid. But with the game still scoreless, and Kingstonian having their best spell, a Boreham Wood fan strolled on to the pitch, hit our centre-half Francis Duku, and strolled off again, unchallenged by players, stewards or police. Kingstonian appealed to the Ryman League, protesting that the incident had a significant impact on the result, and asking for a replay. Among supporters, there was far more hope than expectation of the replay, even though Ks were understandably less keen to attack the end...

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