Tuesday 21 November 2017 // Vanarama National League // Attendance: 1,945 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United’s home form shows no sign of improving as they were thrashed by Boreham Wood. This was the first time since New Year’s Day that the Stones had conceded four goals and the result means that they have won just three games out of 11 at the Gallagher Stadium this season, compared with six victories away from home in nine matches.
The Stones never looked like strong contenders for getting something from this match and it was the visitors who enjoyed the best of the early exchanges. With 11 minutes gone, Kieran Murtagh played a good ball out wide to Dan Holman. Holman made room for a shot towards the near post and Lee Worgan had to be alert to put the ball wide.
But just 60 seconds later, Worgan was beaten for the first time during the evening. Holman passed to Kane Smith who was out on the right and Smith’s attempted cross flew over Worgan and into the far side of the net via the left pot.
It took a while for the Stones to threaten an equaliser and the closest they came in the first half was when Jamar Loza did well to stay on his feet despite significant pressure on the edge of the box. Loza managed to thread his pass into Joe Pigott who cut back inside before curling the ball inches over the bar.
The Wood then thought they had scored again. Shaun Jeffers’ drive from just outside the box took a massive deflection off Smith and the ball shot past Worgan who might have been wrong footed by Jeffers’ effort. However, the Stones were rescued as the linesman immediately signalled to indicate that Smith had been in an offside position.
But five minutes before the break, the visitors did double their lead. Smith cut the ball back to Blair Turgott who was in space and he forced Worgan into an excellent save to his right. Smith kept going though and collected the rebound before playing the ball into Holman who got in front of Alex Finney to get away a low finish just inside the left post.
It wasn’t long before matters got even worse for Maidstone. With 53 minutes on the clock, Shaun Jeffers put the ball over the top for Holman to chase and the striker held his nerve before firing the ball past the stranded Worgan.
There was a chance for the Stones to pull a goal back not long after this. Hines sent over a deep corner which was headed back across the six yard box by Magnus Okuonghae but Pigott couldn’t quite connect with the ball at the back post.
A defensive mix up for Maidstone then could have proved costly. Jeffers battled to get into a good position only to hit the ball straight at Worgan and when it came back to Ricky Shakes, his effort was tame and Worgan made an easy stop.
The Stones were struggling to make any head way but they went close when Hines let fly from 30 yards and Grant Smith tipped the ball wide. But it was the Wood who looked much more threatening and when Stuart Lewis accidentally knocked the ball into the path of Turgott, Worgan was once again called into action to make a fine save.
However, Worgan could do nothing to prevent a fourth goal for Boreham Wood on 77 minutes. Okuonghae was adjudged to have tripped Turgott inside the box and Turgott picked himself up to send Worgan the wrong way from the spot.
Maidstone United: –
Boreham Wood: Kane Smith 13, Dan Holman 40, 53, Blair Turgott (pen) 77.
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 3. Alex Finney, 6. Magnus Okuonghae, 13. Joe Anderson, 4. Reece Prestedge (23. Jack Richards 58), 8. Stuart Lewis, 21. Harry Phipps, 7. Jamar Loza (22. Johan ter Horst 64), 32. Joe Pigott, 27. Zavon Hines (25. Rhys Bartlett 79). Subs not used: 15. Andy McCorkell, 18. Elliott Capel.
Boreham Wood: 1. Grant Smith, 2. Kane Smith, 3. Danny Woodards, 5. Dean Wells, 6. Dave Stephens, 7. Ricky Shakes, 8. Tom Champion, 10 Kieran Murtagh, 15. Shaun Jeffers (9. Paul Benson 89), 23. Blair Turgott (19. Angelo Balanta 88), 24. Dan Holman. Subs not used: 13. Erbil Bozkurt, 16. Bradley Sach, 22. Sorba Thomas.