Maidstone Mens 7s
|Date||Saturday 17th December|
|Scorers||Rich Turner, Phil Davidson, Matt Evans|
Maidstone 6s hosted top of the table Folkestone for the final match before the Christmas break. Both sides were at full strength, leading to an exceptional display of hockey for Division 4
Folkestone showed their intent from the first whistle, scoring an early goal. Maidstone quickly responded with a powerful strike from Rich Turner to level things up.
Quick passing and fast running saw Maidstone start to take control, resulting in a tight angle shot over the keeper by Phil Davison for Maidstone to take the lead.
Folkestone pressed, but were denied by an impressive performance by the back line led by Man of the Match Richard Martin. However, quick ball around the D eventually opened up a route for a first half equalizer, leaving the game evenly balanced after the first half.
Maidstone made their attacking intent clear in the second period, pressing Folkestone's defence, and eventually stealing the ball, with Mike Smith putting a defence splitting pass into Matt Evans, who scored with a deft touch and cool finish to take the lead. Folkestone tried to press for an equaliser, but an outstanding defence, including strong saves from Ryan Dann and a goal line clearance by Ian Linstead kept them out, resulting in a stunning win for the home side.