Maidstone Mens 1s
|Date||Saturday 12th November|
|Scorers||Joe Martin, Jonathan Cooper 2, Ricardo Escribano, Will Ostler, Chris Brinn|
Stones Smash Slough for Seven
Maidstone 1st XI thrashed opponents Slough in their Southern Premier Division 2 meeting.
Maidstone raced out of the blocks and were soon 1-0 up when Joe Martin received a pass out wide, drove into the D along the byline then cut inside and smashed the ball passed the Slough keeper who could only stand and watch. Slough were no match for Maidstone in the midfield who easily disrupted any fledgling Slough attacks and continued to play their forwards through. Maidstone soon won their first short corner which was expertly tipped in by Jonathan Cooper. Slough had one brief flicker in the first half as a typical long ball attack resulted in the home side winning their only short corner of the game. However they were prevented from even getting a shot away and Maidstone were soon on the attack again. This time it was man of the match Ricardo Escribano who received the ball down the left flank and cut in to the D. Despite the acute angle Escribano let fly with a real belter of a reverse stick shot which was soon bouncing from the back of the net before the keeper had even moved. The chances were now coming in droves as every Maidstone attack looked threatening. Several chances slipped by as balls across the Slough goal line were unmet by maidstone sticks and several short corners were unconverted. The Slough keeper also made some good saves but was unable to prevent Will Ostler from volleying in one of the rebounds in what was a fantastic reactive effort. Maidstone rounded off the half as veteran Chris Brinn found the net after showing good composure and patience in the D.
The second half saw Slough defend in greater numbers as they sought to restrict the score line. Consequently Maidstone found it harder to break them down and as they struggled with their discipline they were unable to take full advantage. Though Chris Brinn got his second goal of the match with a cool finish at the far post, Maidstone missed several good chances as they failed to find the target. Slough's only shot of the game again came from a long ball which was carried into the Maidstone D and resulted in a mistimed shot. This almost caught out Darren Marchant in the Maidstone goal but his reaction save was enough to ensure Slough remained goalless. Jonathan Cooper also claimed his second goal of the game with another deft deflection from a cleverly disguised Iain Brine pass but though Maidstone continued to pressure the Slough D they couldn't find the space for further goals. The game finished 7-0 as Maidstone claimed their first league win of the season.
Maidstone go into their next league match on a high as they face Tulse Hill and Dulwich on 19th November at home.