Dowson's Ks well up for cup
Kingstonian boss Alan Dowson has insisted a London Senior Cup triumph would make the club’s season.
Ks host Cray Wanderers in the semi-final at Kingsmeadow tonight, having drifted out of contention for a Ryman Premier League top five finish.
An Allan Tait double secured a 2-1 win over Met Police on Monday, but defeats to Lowestoft Town, Billericay Town and Wealdstone in the previous 12 days had already put the skids under a play-off push.
Four straight wins had ignited hopes until that horror run, but Dowson reckoned silverware and a top 10 finish would make it a good season by anyone’s standards.
“Every season I have been here we have been playing for something at this stage of the campaign,” he said.
“From surviving the drop from Division One South, to winning the league and reaching the play-off final, we have always been in something.
“A top 10 finish and a cup win would make this a very good season, when you consider where we have come from and the budget we have compared to everyone else.”
Cray are six points above Ks in the table and Dowson conceded that was a fair reflection of the difference between the two teams.
“The table never lies and if they play well we could be in a bit of trouble,” he added.
“But, that said, we can beat anybody on our day as we have already shown this season.”
Tait has had to make do with being more of a bit part player this year having made only seven starts and 16 appearances from the bench this season.
But he put an injury-ravaged campaign behind him to fire Ks to the win on Monday as Dowson’s side bounced back from Saturday's 4-1 drubbing at Wealdstone.
And the Kingsmeadow chief admitted that put him at the front of the queue to start in the crunch tie and beyond.
“Allan is a smashing fella, but he has struggled with injury this year,” he said.
“His fitness hasn’t been great all year and we had to send him out on loan to Bognor Regis to get him somewhere close to being right.
“He has had to bide his time, but he came in and took his chance on Monday.
“He will start on Thursday and if he does the same again then obviously I’m going to have some tough decisions to make over the rest of the season.
“But you’d rather have them to make, than not at all.”
Kingstonian travel to Hendon on Saturday knowing anything less than a win would probably end any lingering hopes they had of breaking in to the top five.
Defeat would leave even a top 10 finish hanging in the balance, with two games left after this weekend.