Maidstone Mens 1s
Tulse Hill & Dulwich 1
|Date||Saturday 3rd March|
Impoved Second Half
Maidstone took on a Tulse Hill and Dulwich side that they had previously dismantled at home. However it was clear from the outset that this was going to be a different game as Maidstone started sluggishly, reacting slowly to turnover and giving the ball away weakly. The home side made them pay through a succession short corners. They took the lead scoring two at the Maidstone left post. Maidstone struggled to cope with the height and depth that Tulse Hill played with. But this eventually played into Maidstone’s hands allowing Joe Martin time and space in the D to stay composed and calmly flick the loose ball past the goalkeeper. Maidstone went into the half time break 2-1 down but lucky not to be further behind.
The second half saw a big improvement for Maidstone who dominated large periods of the game but just could not score. Maidstone started to compress the midfield and this shut down the Tulse Hill attacking threat. Forcing the home side to use the flanks Maidstone applied good pressure and were able to secure regular turnover. Inevitably Maidstone pushed higher and higher for the equaliser and with less than 15 minutes to go another breakdown from a Maidstone attack resulted in a very fast and well taken counter attack goal despite heroics from man of the match Brendan Baker. Another similarly well taken counter attack goal followed meaning that Tulse Hill and Dulwich ran out 4-1 winners despite a very much improved second half from the visitors.