Kingstonian faltered again on Saturday, losing 3-1 at Bognor Regis Town, sparking more speculation about manager Leigh Dynan’s future, writes Taimour Lay.

The trip to the sunny Sussex coast saw K’s all at sea as a makeshift backline succumbed to the home side’s superior quality, not least in the form of striker Dan Smith, on loan from League One Portsmouth and a constant threat for the Rocks.

Dynan, who has already used 26 players this season, promised more recruitment in the wake of this fourth defeat in six league games. 

“To be honest, I need to make some changes," he said. "I’ve given people six or seven games, ample opportunity and they’re not showing how they can play. And they’ve played higher than this level. They’re not showing that quality and it’s killing us in games. We’ve got experienced players too, who know what they’re meant to do. It’s not kids in there.”

And the K's boss called on fans to back him after renewed chants from the terraces for his departure. “I don’t agree with the fans and how they go about it but I completely get where they’re coming from. But [the results] will come. We’re just being done by unfortunate individual errors. I understand the frustration. Today I can take it on the chin because [the fans] waited until the last 10 minutes of the game [before chanting]. It would be nice if they waited until the end of the game.”

The talented Smith gave Bognor the lead on 15 minutes, curling a fine effort into the top corner after hesitant defending allowed the ball across from the right.

K’s battled relatively well in the first period, Connor Dymond and Manu Gogonas chasing down Bognor’s progressive midfield passers while Tommy Brewer excelled in the centre of defence. If this wasn’t pretty, it was at least the kind of functional 4-4-2 that ensures mid-table Isthmian anonymity.

And it was Brewer who helped the away team back in the game just before half-time, advancing forward into the Bognor half, releasing Toby Ajala who whipped the ball into the box for Elliot Buchanan to convert his fourth goal of the season.

It all fell part in the second-half, however. Smith scored his second, a rasping 30-yard drive that evaded keeper Rob Tolfrey and, a Buchanan chance aside, K’s started to look ragged.

Substitute Louie Theophanous saw red six minutes from the end, rightly dismissed for stamping on Harvey Whyte in full sight of the referee. Then, in the closing moments, Shaun Lucien was dispossessed as last man on the half-way line, allowing Bradley Lethbridge to run through on goal to make it 3-1.

K’s face Hastings United away in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round next Saturday, with £6000 in prize-money at stake for the winners.