Maidstone Ladies 1s
|Date||Saturday 24th September|
Maidstone Unable to Hold On
The ladies travelled to Surbiton for their first away game of the season looking to add to the point they picked up at home last week.
Surbiton put one on the board after just 3 minutes thanks to a powerful reverse stick strike which keeper Jenny Vincent was just unable to keep out. Maidstone were then able to settle after this early setback and grew into the game. Cara Brogan-Jones won a penalty corner with some fine skill just before the 15 minute mark which Rachel Thompson coolly converted, levelling the game to 1-1.
Maidstone worked hard in all areas of the pitch, absorbing Surbiton’s possession and ensuring any shots were taken from unfavourable angles, all of which either missed the target or Vincent kept out.
The second half was much the same, with Maidstone absorbing all pressure that came their way. A number of penalty corners were conceded, however, one of which Surbiton converted on the 55 minute mark to take the score to 2-1. Soon after, a scuffed initial shot in the 58th minute then fell kindly to a Surbiton striker, who made no mistake to make the score 3-1, despite calls from the Maidstone defence that the initial shot was dangerous. This dampened Maidstone spirits as the girls thought they’d been extremely unlucky and Surbiton scored a final goal from a further penalty corner just two minutes from time.
Maidstone came off the pitch disappointed at the final score line having held the game at 1-1 for such a long period of the game. This was the team’s first defeat since the same team knocked them out of the National Cup last November. Using this as part of the National League learning process, however, they will not be deterred for the 2:00pm pushback home game against Harleston Magpies next week, who currently sit just one place above them on the league table.