While Kingstonian’s form at King George’s Field has ticked up in recent weeks, they went into Saturday’s fixture at Burgess Hill Town without a league win away from home all season.

Just as it looked like a frustrating afternoon in Sussex was going to end in a goalless draw, K’s in-form strike-force combined to grab all three points.

Four minutes from the end, Louie Theophanous was set free down the left by Elliott Buchanan’s clever flick. As Theophanous drove to the byline, Buchanan turned and raced into the box just in time to receive a perfectly-weighted cross from his partner which he placed first-time into the back of the net.

It was the striker’s 12th goal of the campaign and lifts K’s into ninth place, only three points off the play-offs.

“We probed to get that winner and it’s come from a great bit of football”, said manager Leigh Dynan. “It was a lovely cutback from Louie to Elliott and he’s tucked it away. Overall we deserved it over the 90 minutes. If we want to get in the playoffs we’ve got to be consistent home and away and we showed that.

“We know the firepower we’ve got. You ask anyone in this league, and even the league above, about Louie and Elliott and they will tell those two guarantee you goals. And it’s positive how they’re working well together.”

They were ably supported by talented winger Alfie Doughty. The Tolworth youngster, on loan from Charlton, impressed on the left with his mazy dribbles and has brought real quality to the K’s attack since arriving in October.

Burgess Hill, still mired in relegation trouble, can count themselves slightly unfortunate. A first-half header was cleared off the line by David Fitzpatrick’s arm but the referee judged it to be ball-to-hand and chose not to award the home team a penalty. Former K’s favourite Andre McCollin also hit the bar with a thunderous shot and threatened sporadically in the second period.

K’s travel to Leatherhead on Wednesday before hosting Margate at home next Saturday.