Maidstone Men's 1s
|Date||Saturday 18th February|
|Scorers||Tom Nissen, Iain Brine|
An Exciting Finish
Maidstone missed out on the chance to rise another place in South Premier 2 after a narrow defeat away to Woking.
Maidstone were seeking revenge from their 1-0 home defeat back in November now that the league had resumed normal fixtures after the snow and ice which has so far postponed three Maidstone matches. Maidstone started the brighter and took control of the game as they retained possession well and threatened with several early efforts on goal. Despite an ever present goal threat from the lightening quick Woking attackers the away side played with confidence and it only looked like a matter of time before they went into the lead. However it was Woking that broke the deadlock after a Maidstone defender was caught in possession on half way. The Woking player seized on the error at once and was able to outpace the chasing defenders as he rounded the keeper and slotted home. With Maidstone’s confidence rocked Woking soon doubled their lead from another speedy counter attack this time down the right wing. The pinpoint accurate cross was met by the only other Woking player in the final third who deflected it in. Despite the game getting increasingly edgy Maidstone kept their heads and were able to pull a goal back just before half time through Tom Nissen.
Throughout the second half Maidstone were the better side and had the lion’s share of possession and territory. However with Woking defending deeper and deeper and in increasing numbers they proved hard to break down and it was the home side that pulled further ahead with yet another counter, this time from cutting in from the left flank. Regardless of the yellow cards that were being callously banded by the umpires to both sides the second half remained a good natured battle. When Maidstone pulled a goal back 20 minutes from time through an Iain Brine drag flick the scene was set for an exciting finish. Sadly though no more goals materialised as Maidstone failed to get any points from the game.
Maidstone face a double header next weekend as they play the league’s bottom side Slough at home followed by a Sunday away trip to West Hampstead.