Maidstone Mens 1s
Tulse Hill & Dulwich
|Date||Saturday 20th October|
|Scorers||Steve Marks, Joe Martin, Phil Morrison|
Maidstone Men's 1st XI continued their unbeaten start to the season making it 4 wins from 4 at home to a strong Tulse Hill and Dulwich team.
Maidstone started off with the belief and confidence of a team sitting at the top of their league and shifted the ball around well but with both teams starting with a high intensity the first 20 minutes were a real tussle. However as the half progressed it was the home side that was the more comfortable. They almost went into the lead but saw the best chance thus far clear both the keeper and the bar. Maidstone continued to push and were rewarded with a penalty stroke when Phil Morrison crossed the ball in from the left only for Joe Martin's neat deflection to strike the goal-line defender in the face. However, the resulting penalty was saved by the Tulse Hill keeper, who made sure both teams went into the half time break at 0-0.
Maidstone started the second half the better team and as they lifted their game the away side started to flag somewhat as their star players were well nullified by Maidstone. With Maidstone in the ascendancy it was only a matter of time before they took the lead which they did on 43 minutes when a lovely flowing move saw new signing Steve Marks net from close range. Maidstone almost immediately launched another counter attack just a minute later and this time joint player of the match Martin finished off the move. At 2-0 up Maidstone appeared to falter for the first time in the match and sensing this Tulse Hill and Dulwich began to push. This resulted in a number of successive short corners which despite another solid performance from keeper Darren Marchant eventually resulted in a penalty stroke for Tulse Hill and Dulwich. This time it was their turn to miss as their strong flick was only good enough to find the bar. Maidstone soaked up the rest of the Tulse Hill pressure with joint player of the match Tim Price putting in some vital tackles. As time started to run out for Tulse Hill Maidstone once again picked up their form and saw out the rest of the match in comfortable style, even adding a third, this time from Phil Morrison who bagged his second goal in two games.