Maidstone Men's 1s
Sevenoaks (Kent Cup)
|Date||Sunday 6th November|
|Scorers||Iain Brine, Tom Nissen, Phillip Morrison (2), Joe Martin|
Maidstone Smash Rivals to Progress in Kent Cup
Maidstone 1st XI demolished higher league side Sevenoaks in the Kent Cup on Sunday 6th November.
Maidstone got off to a nervous start but gradually started to play themselves into the game as they realised that they were more than a match for Sevenoaks despite the away side playing in a higher division. With a big crowd watching Maidstone kept their patience well, playing the ball around the back comfortably and looking for the gaps to open up. These were exploited superbly by Phil Morrison who continued his impressive run of form and man of the match Iain Brine who played to the pace of forwards Joe Martin and Mark Rimmer. Maidstone manufactured several good attacks resulting in threatening D penetrations and were unlucky not to score when Martin drove along the Sevenoaks by line, beating two players and flicking the ball back nicely. Just as Jonathan Cooper was about to finish the move the whistle was blown for a short corner. However Maidstone were unable to convert as Brine’s well placed drag flick was smartly saved by the Sevenoaks keeper diving low to his right. Sevenoaks hardly threatened and apart from a good glove save from Maidstone keeper Darren Marchant they never really looked like scoring. Down the other end the Maidstone pressure told again and their second short corner, though slightly scrappier, resulted in a goal for Brine from close range. Maidstone went into the half time break 1-0 up and with the knowledge that they had the beating of their opponents.
Not wanting to disappoint the noisy partisan crowd Maidstone picked up exactly where they’d left off and were soon heaping the pressure onto the wretched Sevenoaks defence. It wasn’t long before Phil Morrison, now playing as a forward, was found unmarked in the D. Deft control and a one powerful hit later and Maidstone were two goals to the good. With their superior fitness evident Maidstone were able to stretch Sevenoaks even further but as their finishing temporarily deserted them Maidstone failed to cash in on the further chances they created. Try as they might Sevenoaks were still restricted to half opportunities and rarely threatened the Maidstone D, winning not a single short corner the whole match. Their only chance of the half came from a quick break down the Maidstone left and as the Sevenoaks player skipped past three from Maidstone and into the D a clumsy challenge gifted them a penalty flick. Duly dispatched this could have been the turning point that Sevenoaks were after. However it only served to strengthen the Maidstone resolve who suddenly rediscovered their pre-season counter attacking style to win another short corner. Once again the outcome was a scrappy but deserved goal from player-coach Tom Nissen. With their two goal cushion restored Maidstone opened up even further and this time a fast break down the right fed in Joe Martin who’s cross was skilfully netted by the outstanding Morrison. To cap off a fine performance Martin turned scorer as yet another Maidstone break found him in the D, finishing the move with a well placed strike.
Maidstone progress to February’s quarter-finals, fully deserving of their first competitive win of the season.