Maidstone Mens 1s
|Date||Saturday 5th November|
Maidstone Rue Missed Chances as 3 More Points Slip By
Maidstone 1st XI paid for not taking their chances against Woking in their Southern Premier Division 2 match.
Maidstone got off to a slow start and Woking were soon on the attack down their right flank. However Maidstone managed this well, as they did for most of the half, and restricted Woking to firing in hopeful crosses from the flanks. Suddenly it was Maidstone who were in attack and a well worked D penetration led to what looked like a certain goal but a last ditch Woking stick just deflected Jonathan Cooper's effort wide. The game continued to ebb and flow but Woking never really looked threatening and Maidstone looked impressive as they strung some good passages of play together. Against the run of play it was Woking who broke the deadlock when yet another attack down their right wing found its way scrappily into the D and was neatly dispatched. Maidstone continued to play their own game and build some good play, switching the angle of attack nicely and enabling several well placed balls in from Brenan Baker and Will Hutchins. Despite not being able to put a decisive touch on these Maidstone did generate decent chances from two short corners. The first found Chris Brinn in space who was unlucky not to score forcing a good save from the Woking keeper. The second just slipped past the far post and the Maidstone runners stick.
Maidstone maintained their intensity and work rate in the second half as they started to press forward in search of the goal that they deserved. Man of the match for the second week in a row Phil Morrison was again solid in defence as well as a threatening force pressing forward, playing through several Maidstone players with quick line balls and well placed aerials. Woking were restricted to desperate counter attacks which were easily dealt with by the Maidstone defensive line and keeper Darren Marchant who continued his impressive start to the season. Despite plenty of possession in the Woking defensive quarter again the best chances came from the three short corners Maidstone won. However these all came to nothing as a combination of good defence and some sloppy errors saw Maidstone’s chances slip away. The final whistle saw a relieved Woking wondering how they had taken all three points from the game.