Maidstone Men's 1s
|Date||Saturday 11th February|
|Scorers||Joe Martin (3), Iain Brine|
Pre Season Warm Up Continues
Saturday 17th September saw Maidstone 1st XI take on Eastern Premier outfit Havering in their penultimate friendly fixture prior to the Southern Premier 2 league kicking off on 1st October.
Maidstone, recovering from over a months worth of hockey crammed in to the previous weekend, started off the match slowly and allowed Havering to penetrate their D several times in the first few minutes. However just one of these required keeper Darren Marchant to make a smart save which was to be his only action of the half. Maidstone slowly adjusted to their new structure and style of play and their good discipline and quick passing showed as they manufactured several good chances in the half. As the Maidstone defence soaked up the Havering attacks like a sponge their attack struck twice to put the kent side 2-0 up at the half time break. The first came from a quick break on the right hand side which Joe Martin fed into the Havering D. Despite their defence dealing with this they could only get the ball out as far as new Spanish signing Ricard who delivered an inch perfect cross into the path of Joe Martin's well timed run. Martin then bagged his second after some good attacking play forced Havering to concede a short corner. The well worked routine found the Martin stick for another well placed deflection.
Buoyed by their good first half performance Maidstone started the second half brightly but were held up by torrential rain which forced the umpires to temporarily stop play much to the amusement of the adjacently playing rugby team. Once the rain had abated the game restarted and Maidstone picked up where they left off. This half they were clearly the better team which showed in the number of chances they created as well as the increasing frustration of the opposition. Only some good saves prevented Maidstone from taking their tally beyond the 4-0 score line. Martin completed his hat-trick and a thoroughly impressive performance after some clever linked play from Chris Brinn and Jeremy Swaffer from a delightful Tom Nissen through-ball. Despite Havering pressing hard, desperate to get on the score sheet, The Maidstone defence and keeper Marchant maintained their clean sheet. Iain Brine put the final nail in the Havering coffin as he looped home a drag flick from a final short corner.