Maidstone Ladies 1s
|Date||Saturday 12th November|
|Scorers||Rachel Thompson 2|
High-Spirited Game Leads to 3 Points
The home side welcomed 9th place Horsham this weekend, with every member of the team fired up to give their all. Last week’s positive display against St Albans and hard work midweek looked to pay off from the start as Maidstone worked hard to steal possession early on. A penalty corner was created after 10 minutes, which Rachel Thompson slotted home after spotting a gap in defence.
The game became more open after the goal, and both sides worked hard for possession with attacks being created at both ends. The home side’s defence was strong, curtailing Horsham’s chances, and at the other end although half-chances were created there was nothing clear-cut for the home side’s strikers to pounce on.
A string of short corners for Horsham eventually broke Maidstone’s defence, when shortly before half time a rebounded shot fell to an attacker to bobble over the line. Maidstone refused to drop their heads, however, and continued to work hard to regain possession in an attempt to get back on top.
The second half was again an open affair, with half-chances being created up front and sturdy work at the back. The work-rate was infectious throughout the team, and the belief was there that Maidstone could get the 3 points they felt they deserved. Horsham pressed higher as the game went on, leaving no room for error at the back. They created many chances, all of which were kept out, and Maidstone indulged in some counter-attacking play which led to a couple of short corners.
The first of these was intercepted by Horsham’s runner, but Maidstone soon won it back and secured a further corner with just 2 minutes to go. A well-worked routine led to Jody Goodwin’s shot hitting a foot on the line, resulting in a penalty flick which Rachel Thompson converted in the coolest of manners.
The last minute of play required some further sturdy defending to keep the visitors out, which Maidstone duly did, and were ecstatic to turn hard work into 3 points. The player of the match award was shared between keeper-Captain Jenny Vincent and goal scorer Rachel Thompson.