Maidstone Mens 3s
|Date||Saturday 29th September|
Maidstone men’s 3rd XI were unable to get their league season off to a winning start against a well organised Marden team in a close local derby.
Fielding an under-strength side, Maidstone were on the ‘back foot’ for much of the first half as the away team utilised space and moved the ball around well, only staunch defending from the Maidstone back three ensured that Marden did not run away with the game from an early stage. Marden took the lead with an element of luck when a touch from their forward spooned over the Maidstone keeper; but the goal, however fortunate, was inevitable. Marden scored again soon after when Maidstone were unable to clear from a short corner and the away side looked in danger of scoring more.
Maidstone then managed to produce some better hockey, mainly through Nigel Garrood and man of the match Mark Bourne working tirelessly in the middle of the pitch to retain possession and move the ball forward. One such attach enabled Andy Turner to pivot on the top of opponent’s area and slot a reverse stick strike past the Marden keeper and into the goal.
The second half was a far more even encounter and Maidstone really should have got themselves back in the game, however their inability maintain possession enabled Marden to keep the home side camped in the middle of the pitch and away from danger.
Although disappointed, Maidstone showed signs of promise in the game and will surely hope to improve with a strengthened squad for the game at Gore Court next week.