Maidstone Mens 1s
West Hampstead - EH Cup rd 2
|Date||Sunday 30th September|
|Scorers||Tim Price, Iain Brine, own goal|
Maidstone men’s 1st team played their second game of the weekend against West Hampstead in the EHA Cup first round. After putting in a brilliant performance the previous day to open their league campaign with a win they were in confident mood. Maidstone started off strongly and were soon 1-0 up after Tim Price converted a chance by hammering the ball home. Maidstone continued to match their higher placed opponents and were unlucky to be pegged back to 1-1 by a West Hampstead mishit. However this goal seemed to give the away side more belief and they soon went 2-1 up after some sharp passing led to a second goal. Maidstone continued to play their expansive hockey and were rewarded with a several short corners. One of these was converted by Joe Martin from close range after Iain Brine’s original drag flick was saved. However after much discussion between the umpires the flick was adjudged to be taken from outside the D so the resulting goal was disallowed. Maidstone went into half time at 2-1 down.
Maidstone came back after the break looking for the win and had much the better of the play. Another short corner was this time converted by Brine to draw them level but this didn’t last long. A well placed aerial ball from the West Hampstead centre back somehow found their centre forward who was able to direct this first time past the advancing Darren Marchant in the Maidstone goal. This was followed up by a soft turnover from the home side leading to a scramble in front of the Maidstone goal. The ball struck a defender on the line and West Hampstead were duly awarded a penalty flick which they converted with ease. At 4-2 down with time running out Maidstone pulled their goal keeper and played on with an eleventh outfield player in search for the necessary goals. Maidstone started to turn the screw and after West Hampstead had players sent to the sin bin the pressure started to tell. Despite several balls flying past the opposition’s goal Maidstone were unable to finish. However they were given a lifeline after West Hampstead scored an own goal when a defender accidentally deflected a ball into his own net. With the partisan crowd willing them on Maidstone kept up the pressure and another goal looked to be only a matter of time. Unfortunately the final whistle came first leaving Maidstone to suffer their first home defeat of the season.