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Promotion ambition is keeping Kingstonian's Matt on track
Matt Pattison wants to get out of the Ryman Premier League – and he wants to do it with Kingstonian.
After two wins out of two, Ks sit second in the table and Pattison believes that Alan Dowson’s new-look side is already proving they are a different proposition to last term.
Andre McCollin’s penalty saw off Canvey Island 1-0 last weekend, while an own goal and strikes from Ryan Moss and Dan Sweeney accounted for Enfield Town 3-0 at Kingsmeadow on Monday night.
The final 13 games of last season garnered only 14 points out of a possible 39, and saw the defence breached 18 times – but Pattison lauded the arrival of Sam Page and Matt Drage over the summer as key to putting that disappointing end to the season behind them.
“There was a time last season when we went on a really good run, and I don’t know what happened, but we then went on a really bad one at the end and we ruined it for ourselves,” he said.
“It was not a nice place to come into then, and the mentality was all wrong.
“But the boss has got rid of a lot of players and brought in almost a whole new squad and now the team mentality is very different.
“In Sam and Matt we have real strength at the back and we have a few more winners in the team, players who want to show more determination.
“We want to get promoted. Kingstonian are a big club in this league and we want to get out of it.
Goal: Dan Sweeney got the third goal against Enfield Town on Monday night SP78482
“It will not be easy, there are a lot of teams playing for those positions up there. “But hopefully we will keep this run going for as long as possible.”
But the defensive line is not, according to Pattison, the sole reason Ks have not conceded a goal yet this season.
After his penalty save at Canvey Island, Rob Tolfrey pulled off a string of fine saves to keep Enfield Town at bay.
Pattison said: “We are much more solid at the back and that has shown in the clean sheets.
“We deserved to win at Canvey. It was a penalty, and when they had a penalty, we luckily had Tolfs to save it.
“Against Enfield Town, they had chances to score but we had Tolfs between the sticks to keep them out. He’s an immense keeper.”
Ks host East Thurrock United this weekend, before a Tuesday night trip to Harrow Borough.
Goal number two: Ryan Moss got his first goal of the season against Enfield SP78482
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