Maidstone Mens 1s
Gore Court 1
|Date||Saturday 29th October|
|Scorers||Joe martin, Tom Nissen, Jonathan Cooper|
Local Rivals Share the Spoils in 6 Goal Thriller
Maidstone 1st XI earned their second point of the season away at Gore Court but can feel justifiably aggrieved at not securing their first win.
Maidstone went into the game looking confident and despite a few changes in the team settled into the game well. Maidstone made it very hard for Gore Court to get into any rhythm and worked hard to deny them the space and time they wanted in attack. Though Maidstone were also without such space they showed great patience, happy to move the ball around until the gaps opened up. A largely chanceless 20 minutes of good defensive hockey was suddenly shattered when Gore Court earned the luckiest of short corners and fired the ball home. However Maidstone knew the gaps would open and though down to 10 men due to a defensive error, continued to play their own game. Within 10 minutes they had equalised when a quick ball down the right wing found Joe Martin who did well to hold the ball up and lay it off to the supporting runners. Martin continued his run into the D and was there to finish off the move from a Phil Morrison shot. Once back to 11 players Maidstone had a rare lapse in concentration and enabled Gore Court to score again after several missed tackles and some scrabbled play in the D.
A fired up Maidstone came out all guns blazing the in the second half whilst the defensive unit and larger than life goalkeeper Darren Marchant comfortably held Gore Court at Bay. 15 minutes into the half another line ball, this time from Phil Morrison found Joe Martin sprinting down the left wing. Not giving up Martin utilised a baseball style slide to keep the ball in play. He then did well to pull the ball back and the resulting cross found a perfectly timed run from Will Ostler who was cynically hacked before he could finish the move. This earned Maidstone a penalty flick which Tom Nissen duly converted. Back in the game with 15 minutes left this time it was Gore Court who reduced themselves to 10 men as one too many rash challenges saw the home player sin-binned. Sensing a real opportunity Maidstone kept attacking but this feisty encounter had yet more drama to come. Maidstone again reduced themselves to 10 men with a stupid challenge outside their D. However the team was now fired up and determined to repel the Gore Court attacks that were sure to come. Just two minutes later and Gore Court were awarded another short corner. Despite this being easily dealt with a Maidstone substitution error saw yet another yellow card and Maidstone down to 9. However they held out admirably, even when Gore Court were back up to 11. With barely 5 minutes left on the clock Maidstone earned their 4th yellow card of the game but the team just did not give up and a superb long ball from man of the match Phil Morrison found Jonathan Cooper lurking on the back post who belied his age to deftly put the ball in. Maidstone were cruelly denied their first win when Gore Court upgraded a last minute short corner in to a penalty flick which was expertly dispatched.