Maidstone Mens 2s
|Date||Saturday 3rd November|
|Scorers||Richard Chilcott, Andy Berry, Jaime Fitxgerald|
Game of Two Halves
It was a game of two halves for Maidstone 2s as they failed to build upon victory the previous week, and came away at the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline. Poor marking and a lack of communication resulted in a 4-0 lead for Holcombe at the halfway mark. However, Maidstone came back strongly and forced an exciting conclusion winning the second-half 3-1.
12 man Maidstone welcomed back James to the left side of defence, but were without Tim Chapman who was setting alight to firecrackers in an alleyway somewhere [allegedly]. The pre-match discussions were positive, however Maidstone continue to show a lack of energy in the warm-up, and didn’t really get going until halfway into the match. Holcombe went 1-0 up following a penalty corner, as the initial shot could only be deflected to the injector who provided the finish. Three more goals were conceded in the first half with a lack of communication allowing Holcombe players to advance unmarked, or to gain territory into the circle unchallenged.
The second half saw a completely different attitude taken by the Maidstone men, who seemed to play with more positivity and aggression when attacking into the wind. The forward line led the charge by putting the defence under constant pressure, whilst the midfield ensured that passing options were kept to a minimum. Several chances were created, and several went begging – Maidstone perhaps missing the goal-scoring prowess of a Trimmer (or dare I say it… Spillage). Andy Berry opened the scoring with a double shot attempt, in which all other players on the pitch stood back as the tennis match between striker and ‘keeper finished with Berry slotting the ball home. Goals then followed to skipper Chilcott, who executed a deft late cut, to a raised Fitzgerald shot, into the back of the net. Jamie then went from goal provider to goal scorer with a well taken strike from the left-side.
Maidstone could leave Holcombe Park with several positives. They fought back resolutely after a poor first half. Countless Holcombe penalty corners were dealt with well by Mike Smith and the postmen – Mike Smith putting in another solid performance. Credit should also go to man-of-the-match Rob, who again played a game more mature than his years, and was frequently involved in Maidstone’s more dangerous attacks.
Next week Maidstone entertain fellow strugglers Sevenoaks, and hopefully a strong turn out at training will help prepare for this crunch fixture.