22 Dec

            EDGWARE & KINGSBURY        0          RAYNERS LANE            1                                                                                                 Buchanan                                                 

Rayners Lane travelled across Middlesex to visit lowly Edgware & Kingsbury but were made to work hard to secure the victory. Over the ninety minutes, based on chances, territory and possession, it was a deserved win although the hosts had a couple of late chances that would have earned them a hard to begrudge point. The only goal of the game came quite early when a cross from Kyel Reid on the left hand side was controlled in the box by Elliott Buchanan and he quickly fired home from six yards, to seemingly set The Lane on their way. For the second game in a row, however, Rayners were unable to capitalize on their dominance as a number of chances and half chances were created but went begging. To be fair to Edgware & Kingsbury, they played their part in an entertaining game and created one or two chances of their own but at the interval it remained 1-0 to the visitors. Manager Gary Meakin made a change at the break, replacing Frank Keita with Troy Perez-Duah and making a formation tweak, which began to pay dividends as Rayners Lane pushed for a second. The Edgware & Kingsbury keeper, Aram Sarkissian, made several good saves to keep his side in the game, pushing away a Kyel Reid free kick probably the highlight. When he was beaten there was a defender to clear off the line, denying Aaron Minhas a goal from his left foot shot. Late in the game the hosts had a double chance to draw level. Firstly Jack Smith pulled off a great close range save and then Aaron Minhas blocked on the line leaving Rayners Lane to see out the game and Edgware & Kingsbury left to ponder what might have been.                                                                                                                                                             Come On The Lane! Rayners Lane – 1. Jack Smith 2. Marco Correia  3. Oliver Sprague 4. Keano Robinson 5. Ivan Atkins (Sub: 16 Bradley Bubb, 72)  6. Hamilton Antonio 7. Rio Connell 8. Aaron Minhas © 9. Elliott Buchanan (Sub 12 Manny Folarin, 86) 10. Frank Keita (Sub: 14 Troy Perez-Duab, 46) 11. Kyel Reid (Sub: 15 Hassan Jalloh, 58)   Att: 46

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