Maidstone Mens 1s
Oxford Hawks 1
|Date||Saturday 26th November|
League Leaders end Maidstone’s winning streak
League leaders Oxford Hawks ensured that Maidstone’s winning run of three matches came to an end after they put in a very string performance in their Southern Premier 2 clash.
The as yet unbeaten Hawks started off very fast and moved the ball around with the pace and accuracy of a National League team. Maidstone though fully expected this and were content to work hard for the ball and allow Hawks to make the mistakes. Maidstone did well to negate any real threat for the first 10 minutes but a slightly fortunate short corner proved to be enough to undo all of this hard work. The resulting drag flick was reached by keeper Darren Marchant but he couldn’t get enough on it to stop it from going in. This rather took the wind out of the Maidstone sails for a time but they carried on battling hard and were soon almost back in the game when their own short corner broke to Will Ostler in the D whose reverse stick shot came close to the goal. As the half progressed Maidstone had several further counter attacks with Tim Price causing problems to the Hawks defence but this remained their best chance. Oxford Hawks however finally managed to break down the Maidstone defence and had all but scored a second goal until their own player deflected wide. Both teams went into half time with all to play for and only a single goal separating the teams.
Just like the first half Oxford continued to attack with pace without really threatening but again were able to score through a Maidstone error. A blind cross into the Maidstone D from the Hawks right winger was met superbly by Will Ostler who was providing defensive cover but he was unable to deflect the ball wide, gifting Hawks their second. The game then opened up as Maidstone sought to peg back Hawks and the gaps opened up at both ends. Maidstone enjoyed much more attacking possession and at times looked threatening but their recent form, including of 16 goals in 3 games, deserted them and the closest they came was a strike from veteran forward Chris Brinn which was very well saved by the Hawks keeper. Oxford also continued to push and were able to flick a third goal from another short corner but despite this Maidstone kept working hard and with the last play of the game were able to win and convert a short corner thanks to Richard Turner who claimed his second in two games.
Maidstone performed well against a tough team but ultimately lost 3-1 as the league leaders extended their unbeaten run.