Maidstone Men's 1s
Gore Court (EH Trophy Rnd 2)
|Date||Sunday 23rd October|
Maidstone edged out of Tense Cup Tie
Maidstone 1st XI suffered heartache in closely fought EHA Trophy match against local rivals Gore Court on Sunday 23rdOctober.
The match started as a cagey affair as both teams defended well and deeply, forcing each other to adopt a long ball approach in attack. Though Gore Court had the better of the chances in the first half these were very limited and comfortably dealt with by Maidstone defence which included debutants Jeff Dummett and man of the match Richard Turner. Gore Court’s lack of ingenuity going forward belied their goal scoring record this season and they were lucky when they eventually won a short corner. Though the initial drag flick thundered against the post the rebound fell kindly to Gore Court who reacted faster than Maidstone and smartly converted to move into the lead. Maidstone’s best chance of the half also came from a corner but they put their flick wide.
Determined to give their large group of travelling supporters some thing to cheer about Maidstone again upped their play and started to dominate the second half. As players on both teams tired the gaps started to open and Maidstone were the more creative in exploiting these. The increased pressure soon told and Mark Rimmer put Maidstone back on level terms with a well taken deflection. Maidstone kept pushing for the winner that they by now deserved and broke time and time again down the left wing. Despite several threatening D penetrations Maidstone were unable to breach the goal a second time and finally suffered heartbreak as a typical Gore Court aerial for once found an unmarked forward. His lay off found a team mate who was able to squeeze the ball into the Maidstone goal. For the second time in 2 days Maidstone lost a game that they ultimately should have got something out of.