Kingstonian conceded two late goals at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday, but manager Tommy Williams had cause for comfort in a 2-1 defeat.

“People get frustrated with results, I’m no different,” said Williams after watching his team fall to 13th in the table.

“We’re trying to find the right system, we’re trying to change the way the lads have played from previous years and get the right blend.

“We had a relatively successful start to the season and now we’ve had a sticky patch in terms of results.

"But as long as we stay positive and it looks like things are going to change – and games like that show things are changing – then there’s no reason we can’t be in the play-off mix at the end of the season.”

Indeed, with 15 minutes remaining, Ks were comfortably holding on to a first-half lead given to them by captain Alan Inns, who struck low through a crowd of bodies after reacting well to a loose ball from a corner.

A 1000-plus home crowd at Champion Hill were suitably silenced as the game wore on. For long stretches it looked like Williams had found a formula.

Inns’ centre-back partner Matt Drage was impressive again as Hamlet struggled to get in behind a more orthodox 4-4-2 than Ks have played in recent weeks.

Former Brentford youth player Ryan Blake started at left-back, allowing Josh Casey the central midfield position he’s been craving.

Casey had the crucial chance to make it 2-0 on the hour, but his attempt to lift the ball beyond keeper Phil Wilson lacked conviction.

Pelayo Pico Gomez, playing as an elusive withdrawn striker, then headed a clear opportunity wide at the near post, having done well to climb above the impressive Ethan Pinnock.

As the time ticked on, Hamlet suddenly realised that the initiative was there for the taking, albeit they look half the team without midfield fulcrum Erhun Oztumer - who secured a summer move to Peterborough United.

Substitute Harry Ottaway then took advantage of Ks dropping deep to strike the equaliser in the 76th minute.

As Hamlet's hipster crowd behind the goal found its voice, the momentum began to swing until an uncharacteristic error by Aaron Goode allowed Nyren Clunis through to finish well past Rob Tolfrey with three minutes remaining.

Williams was left to reflect on the two chances that had gone begging.

“If those go in I think the game is dead and buried,” he said.

“We were managing the game well, we were in control and didn’t look like losing. I’m disappointed, but it was a strong performance from us and on another day we’d take three points.”

Ks face Badshot Lea in the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday night before a home derby with Leatherhead on Saturday.