Maidstone Ladies 1s
|Date||Saturday 27th October|
|Scorers||Lesley Price, Hannah Durston, Rachel Thompson|
3 Goals, 3 Points!
The 200 mile journey, overnight stay and freezing, wet conditions were not apparent when Maidstone stepped onto the pitch, stretching Lincoln from the start. The visitors dominated possession in the early stages and registered on the score sheet within 6 minutes when Lesley Price (sponsored by Grove Green Computer Services) expertly turned following a pass from Lizzie McClintock (sponsored by Flaming Porkys) and hammered the ball at an awkward height past the helpless keeper: 1 – 0.
Just five minutes later following further domination, some fantastic interplay between sisters McClintock and Claire Daniels (sponsored by Southcote) opened up the home side’s defence and Hannah Durston (sponsored by Whitehead Monckton) was positioned perfectly to finish the move: 2 – 0.
Despite Lincoln’s continued efforts and penalty corner of their own, the game opened right up and the home side must have thought they were in for a long afternoon when Rachel Thompson (sponsored by Whitehead Monckton) converted a corner at the other end to make it 3 – 0. They refused to give up, however, and continued to make opportunities for themselves, particularly towards the end of the first half. Their efforts paid off and they converted from a well-placed follow up strike on a corner to reduce the deficit and go into half time 3 – 1.
It was the home side who started the second half the stronger and it was apparent they wanted to take a share of the points. They registered fairly early following a well worked goal, the move from which started in their own 25: 3 – 2. The remainder of the game was a display of determination from both sides, with Maidstone creating plenty of half-chances; Durston coming the closest with a deflected shot from Thompson’s pass into the D, the ball flying marginally over the bar.
Lincoln had chances of their own in the dying stages but there were no further goals at either end. Maidstone have encouragingly put an end to their brief losing run and look to climb the table further when they play at St Albans next weekend.