Mixed National Success
Maidstone Mixed XI are through to the last 16 of the England Mixed Trophy, for the first time in our club’s history.
The Mixed have had some nail biting games leading up to Round 4 of the trophy, beating Addington 2-0, Folkestone 4-3 on penalties following a 6-6 thriller of a game and beating Lewes 4-3 last Sunday 10th March.
Maidstone started strongly and took the lead through Joe Martin’s excellent ball and fine deflection from Jeremy Swaffer a few minutes into the game. Lewes reacted and soon equalised through a well taken penalty corner. Maidstone continued to play with good structure and patience, with several opportunities being well saved and finally took the lead again through a composed finish from Phil Morrison. Just before half time, Lewes managed to find the backboard to bring the score level. The second half again saw Maidstone have the upper hand and extended the lead to 3-2 through a well worked penalty corner and a Swaffer finish. Lewes fought back and equalised just before full time. With a few minutes remaining, Maidstone with determination and excellent team work, passed the ball up the pitch and Swaffer finished off with a reverse shot past the keeper to win the game 4-3.
Maidstone look forward to playing Clifton (Bristol) in the last 16, on 14th April.
Chairman, Roger Daniels, said: “With few opportunities these days to play mixed hockey Maidstone are enjoying this cup run. Our Men and Ladies both play at a high level so we can field a very strong mixed outfit. The trip to Clifton will be a real test against their national premier league Ladies and west region premier Men but I am sure we will make a formidable challenge.”