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Maidstone Ladies 1s
vs
West Herts

DateSaturday 6th October
VenueHome
ResultL 3-4
ScorersCourtney Cummins (2), Gemma Newman

Last Minute Goal loses all 3 points

Maidstone started this game strongly and out-paced the visitors for the opening throws, applying relentless pressure. After just 10 minutes Hannah Durston (sponsored by Whitehead Monckton) took a re-start in the 25 quickly, passing it to Lizzie McClintock (sponsored by Flaming Porkys) who unselfishly laid it off to Courtney Cummins (sponsored by 360 Relocations) to finish: 1-0.

Before long the home side doubled their lead when Jody Goodwin got on the end of a long ball allowing Gemma Newman (sponsored by Whitehead Monckton) to hit the backboard: 2-0. A few other chances ensued although unfortunately Maidstone were unable to capitalise on the continued pressure and towards the end of the first half the visitors converted a corner to give them belief of getting something from this game, going into the break at 2-1.

The second half saw the visitors’ belief soar as they were able to control the ball and keep possession well.  It wasn’t long before the visiting side capitalised and equalled the score to make it 2:2. Maidstone regained the lead, however, after a perfectly weighted ball from McClintock gave Cummins a one on one with the keeper who she calmly rounded: 3-2.

Determined not to give up, the West Herts pressure only increased and they forced a number of short corners, which were all well-worked. Despite our keeper/captain Jenny Vincent (sponsored by Harlequin)’s efforts, they eventually they scored from one to again level the score at 3-3 with only a few minutes left on the clock.

Maidstone continued to attack to regain the lead, however West Herts were also determined to take the full points allocation and their persistence paid off when a neat strike was slotted in the back of the net with just 2 minutes remaining: 3-4. Despite the heroics of last week’s last minute winner, this was not to be repeated and the home side ended up dropping all 3 points.

Despite the result, Maidstone lie in 4th place in the table. The next two games will be crucial as the Kent side take on Bedford then Holcombe, both of whom are so far unbeaten.

Player of the match went to Courtney Cummins.