Tuesday 25 April // Vanarama National League // Attendance: 3,014 (598 Lincoln City supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United have moved up to 11th place in the National League after they took part in a rare scoreless draw with champions Lincoln who prior to this match, had won an impressive seven matches in a row.
Despite making nine changes to the team that had clinched the title against Macclesfield Town on Saturday, the Imps looked strong in the early stages. With two minutes gone, Callum Howe played the ball to Terry Hawkridge and he found Jack Muldoon whose flicked shot caused Lee Worgan to make a diving save.
Muldoon continued to cause Maidstone problems and he soon nicked the ball off Reece Prestedge before hitting an early shot off target. City kept pressing though and when Seth Nana-Twumasi couldn’t cut out a ball into Josh Ginnelly, it looked like Lincoln might take the lead but Alan Power sliced his resultant effort over the bar.
Worgan then had to make a decent block to deny Riccardo Calder after he pulled the ball back into the middle following a run to the touchline and on 15 minutes, the Maidstone keeper was called into action once again. Muldoon turned past Kevin Lokko to find himself one on one with Worgan but the Maidstone keeper did well to make the stop with his legs.
Lincoln went closer still two minutes later. Prestedge lost the ball and Muldoon quickly found Adam Marriott whose low drive clipped the outside of the left post.
As the half progressed, Maidstone started to come into the game more and they came close to opening the scoring on the half hour mark. The Stones kept possession well in an advanced position and the move ended with Magnus Okuonghae slipping the ball into Alex Flisher who tried to place the ball past Ross Etheridge to his right only for the Lincoln keeper to make an excellent save and push the ball behind.
From the resultant corner, the ball came back out to Flisher who picked out Lokko but the Maidstone defender couldn’t generate any power on his diving header and it went straight to Etheridge. The Stones then threatened again when Flisher and Joe Pigott battled hard to win the ball. When it came back down, Pigott, who was just inside the area, hit the outside of the left post.
Then with the game in first half stoppage time, Marriott once again turned into a good position inside the box but his shot went just over the bar. Lincoln tried to pick up where they left off early on in the second half though and a corner from Billy Knott was headed on by Sean Raggett and Marriott got the final touch before the ball came back off the bar.
Knott popped up again shortly after this. He received the ball just outside the area and quickly got a shot away which Worgan expertly saved with his left leg.
And on 64 minutes, Stuart Lewis was caught in possession by Terry Hawkridge. The Lincoln player surged into the box only to rush his attempt on goal and with Worgan drawn from his goal, Hawkridge hit the ball straight at him.
There was then a bit of a lull in terms of goalmouth action before the visitors could have won the game three minutes from the end. Ginnelly’s corner went straight to the unmarked Raggett and he sent his header wide of the post. Then moments later, the ball came to Muldoon and he found the side netting from close range.
But the final opportunity of the match fell to Maidstone. With five minutes of stoppage time played, substitute Jack Richards sent a deep cross to Pigott who cushioned a header back across goal to substitute Bobby-Joe Taylor whose shot was blocked by Etheridge.
Maidstone United: –
Lincoln City: –
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 22. Seth Nana-Twumasi, 5. Kevin Lokko, 24. Magnus Okuonghae, 3. Tom Mills, 14. Reece Prestedge, 8. Stuart Lewis (10. Jack Paxman 67), 21. Harry Phipps (16. Bobby-Joe Taylor 59), 11. Alex Flisher, 23. Yemi Odubade (18. Jack Richards 81), 32. Joe Pigott. Subs not used: 4. Jamie Coyle, 15. Anthony Achaempong.
Lincoln City: 39. Ross Etheridge, 6. Callum Howe, 7. Jack Muldoon, 8. Alan Power, 10. Adam Marriott (4. Elliott Whitehouse 78), 11. Terry Hawkridge, 12. Sean Long, 25. Sean Raggett, 37. Riccardo Calder, 34. Billy Knott, 36. Josh Ginnelly (16. Alex Simmons 88). Subs not used: 2. Bradley Wood, 27. Jamie McCombe, 30. Alex Woodyard.
Who was your man of the match against Lincoln City?
- Lee Worgan (68%, 160 Votes)
- Tom Mills (15%, 36 Votes)
- Kevin Lokko (4%, 9 Votes)
- Alex Flisher (4%, 9 Votes)
- Joe Pigott (3%, 6 Votes)
- Magnus Okuonghae (2%, 4 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (1%, 2 Votes)
- Jack Richards (1%, 2 Votes)
- Harry Phipps (1%, 2 Votes)
- Yemi Odubade (0%, 1 Votes)
- Reece Prestedge (0%, 1 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (0%, 1 Votes)
- Seth Nana Twumasi (0%, 1 Votes)
- Bobby Joe Taylor (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 234