Met too strong in welcome return of the Mack
LLOYD Macklin and Lewis Putman were back in a strong Met Police side for their clash with Kingstonian on Monday.
For the opening 15 minutes it was an even game. Luke Williams had a simple catch to make as K’s first effort on goal was a tame header. Met had two good chances in the first half, first when Luke Robertson forced a diving save from goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey before the stopper blocked Ryan James’ shot.
Met had a scare at the start of the second half when ex-Blue Jerome Federico broke free on the right, but his squared ball was missed by everyone.
Slick passing from Met saw them dominate the next half hour. Sam Gallagher and Luke Robertson both went close before the latter broke the deadlock in the 65th minute with a well struck drive from the right.
An impressive 25-yard strike from Macklin curled its way into the top corner giving Tolfrey no chance as Met doubled their lead. Putman then looked to have sealed the game with a goal of his own but his effort cannoned off the cross bar.
On 77 minutes a scramble in the Met penalty area resulted in the ball coming off James before bouncing limply into an unguarded net from a couple of yards out as the K’s pulled one back.
Despite further attacks from K’s as they looked for a leveller, Met held on for the win after their best performance of the season.
Lloyd Macklin returned to Met Police’s line-up on Monday and curled in a superb second