Maidstone Mens 1s
Tulse Hill & Dulwich 1
|Date||Saturday 19th November|
|Scorers||Tom Nissen, Richard Turner, Joe Martin, Will Ostler|
Marchant Heriocs Ensures Victory
Maidstone 1st XI knocked 3rd place Tulse Hill and Dulwich off their haughty perch in this Southern Premier Division 2 encounter.
An over confident Tulse Hill started quickly against Maidstone but though they zipped the ball round at pace they were soon surprised to find the Maidstone defensive unit difficult to penetrate. Maidstone were not overawed and launched some of their trademark counter attacks and though they didn't find the net they ensured the away side knew that they were in for a real tussle. Mid way through the first half the large partisan crowd were treated to two fantastic saves from man of the match Darren Marchant as Tulse Hill and Dulwich at last found a way through. The first saw them find an unmarked attacker in the D which Marchant closed down with surprising speed to force the error. The second was a dazzling low save to Marchant's right as the away side looked set to score. As the end to end action continued Maidstone followed this with another dangerous attack, Tim Price's probing run forcing the error and a penalty flick which was dispatched by Tom Nissen. Tulse Hill and Dulwich hit back with a scrambled goal before Will Hutchins found Rich Turner in the D who duly restored Maidstone's lead with a belting strike to the bottom left of the goal. The home side went into the break 2-1 up and easily matching their opponents .
The second half saw more attacking play from both sides but it was Maidstone who continued to have the better of the game and the pressure they exerted on the once confident away side soon told. Will Hutchins intercepted a Tulse Hill sixteen yard hit and played in Joe Martin who was cool enough to slot the ball home. This paved the way for a period of Maidstone dominance where they created several good chances through Martin, Price and even veteran Chris Brinn. Maidstone's fourth goal finally came when Martin turned provider and smashed a ball into the D for Will Ostler to superbly deflect home. At 4-1 and cruising Maidstone suddenly threatened to implode and for a time it was Marchant in goal who kept the three goal advantage with some outstanding saves. With the minutes ticking by even he was unable to keep out goals from two short corners that a now scrappy Maidstone defence had conceded. However thanks to a fantastic team performance for the majority of the game and some heroics from Darren Marchant Maidstone were able to close out the match 4-3, claiming their third win in a row.