An improved Kingstonian display earned a 1-1 draw at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday, writes Taimour Lay.

It was the away team’s first league point of the season and relieves some of the pressure on manager Leigh Dynan, whose expensively assembled team have so far struggled for coherence.

A quiet first-half on the Colston Avenue 3G came to life before half-time when the Robins took the lead. A bad defensive error gifted the home team space and a cross from the right was converted by Ricky Korboa.

K’s, with the returning Shaun McAuley adding quality in central midfield, reverted to a more orthodox 4-4-2 after early-season travails in Dynan’s favoured 4-3-3 system and looked a more dangerous proposition as the game wore on.

Three minutes after half-time, a corner somehow made it to the back-post and the always threatening Louis Theophanous produced a smart finish from close-range to equalise.

Greg Cundle was unfortunate to hit the post when he nearly capitalised on a defensive mix-up, whilst at the other end Rob Tolfrey produced an excellent save to deny a Jordan Cheadle free-kick. Mo Faal was introduced late on and caused problems but couldn’t find the winner.

“I’m very happy we’ve put a point on the board” Dynan said afterwards. “I think we deserved all three. We created seven or eight chances and grew into the game. I said to the lads ‘put the performance in and the results will follow’. We conceded a bad goal but we never let our heads go down. We were shell-shocked on Tuesday but we responded well today.”

Meanwhile, defender Ugo Udoji has left the club as Dynan looks to refashion his backline. Connor Dymond, the former Bromley and Welling midfielder, has arrived as K’s look ahead to Friday night’s clash at home to ambitious Dorking Wanderers.