The Kings III football team proved their credibility on Wednesday February 4th, by demonstrating that even on college level they can play as well, if not better than, university squads, by defeating the University of East Anglia 3-1. The team captain, Mike Eakins, said that this was "the biggest game in my four years at Kings".
It was also a big day for the Kings squad as they were battling for a fixture with Plymouth University in the BUSA league. The match was played at the home ground at Berrylands, and the referee was Mike Carrigan.
The Kings team took a while to settle in, which gave UEA the opportunity to score in the 28th minute. Kings then began to wake up as Mike Eakins started to pressurise them into performing; Rob Lloyd scoring the first goal for Kings in the 34th minute, making the score equal at 1-1. This was enough to bring Kings back to form, and they succeeded in keeping the ball in the oppositions half.
Once the half time whistle blew, Eakins decided that it was time to change the teams tactics. Anthony Nicolau changed to central defence in the second half, and Kim Benjamin from the second team substituted Christopher Hordern. This appeared to make the vital difference to the squad in the second half; within two minutes Ivan Thomadis scored the second goal for Kings putting the UL side a goal ahead of East Anglia. Benjamin scored his fifteenth goal of the season for Kings to increase the score to 3-1. From this point on the Kings team could not be stopped, continually keeping the ball in the half of the opposition and attacking in order to break down their defences. When the final whistle blew, qualification for the match against Plymouth was finalised.
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