Vanarama National League South // Attendance: 1,450 (23 Bath City supporters) // Match report by Ruth Tunnell // Tuesday 18 February 2020
Maidstone United’s play-off ambitions have taken a further knock after the Stones were beaten for the second match in a row.
Bath City arrived at the Gallagher Stadium firmly inside the play-off spots and for the majority of this match, looked largely in control although they were perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty late on when substitute Iffy Allen appeared to be fouled inside the box.
Maidstone had two changes to their side who had lost narrowly at Chippenham Town. Jake Cole was restored in goal after Chris Lewington suffered a dead leg and Ryan Johnson came in for Sam Corne.
With just five minutes gone, the Stones raced forward. Saidou Khan drove down the left and put a dangerous ball into the six yard box which Alex Hartridge got the vital touch on to put the ball out for a corner.
But 11 minutes later, Bath City took the lead. A neat move involving Sam Pearson and Adam Mann ended with Frankie Artus receiving the ball close to the edge of the box and his effort took a deflection off the unfortunate Andre Boucaud which sent it looping over Cole.
Dan Bowry then put the ball inches over his own bar before Justin Amaluzor twisted and turned in an attempt to make room for a shot which was blocked by Dan Ball. And it was Amaluzor who went close again for Maidstone with a drive which thudded just wide as half time approached.
The Stones looked to up the tempo in the opening minutes after the break. Ibby Akanbi showed good strength to turn and get a shot away from the edge of the box which went almost straight at Ryan Clarke who got down quickly to make the stop.
But the game then entered a bit of a lull before Maidstone threatened again on 68 minutes. Noah Chesmain showed good persistence in the box and his rising drive flew just over.
Then with eight minutes remaining, Amaluzor hit the post with a shot that appeared to come out of nowhere. And seconds later, the Stones appealed vigorously for a penalty after Allen appeared to be tripped just inside the box but the referee, Mr Walchester, awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the area after consulting with his assistant referee.
Play then moved to the other end and Bath had a good opportunity to make sure of the points when Jake Cole couldn’t hold onto Adam Mann’s effort. The ball fell nicely to Tom Smith but Smith was in a hurry and he hit the ball straight back at Cole.
But Bath did make sure of the points deep in stoppage time. Dan Martin did well down the wing to find Sam Pearson and he found the back of the net, via a deflection off the unfortunate Ryan Johnson.
Maidstone United: –
Bath City: Frankie Artus 16, Sam Pearson 90
Maidstone United:1. Jake Cole, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 6. George Elokobi, 19. Ryan Johnson, 12. Noah Chesmain, 20. Ross Marshall, 7. Zihni Temelci (17. Iffy Allen 75), 18. Saidou Khan, 9. Andre Boucaud, 11. Justin Amaluzor, 10. Ibby Akanbi (5. Lewis Knight 72). Subs not used: 14. Ibrahim Olutade, 4. Jacob Gilbert, 16. Sam Ribbins.
Bath City: 1. Ryan Clarke, 2. Joe Raynes, 4. Tom Smith, 5. Dan Bowry, 6. Frankie Artus, 7. Adam Mann, 9. Noah Chilvers, 12. Dan Ball, 15. Sam Pearson (16. Jordan Simpson 90), 18. Alex Hartridge, 19. Dan Martin. Subs not used: 3. Connor Riley-Lowe, 10. Ryan Brunt, 13. Harvey Wiles-Richards.
Who was your man of the match against Bath City?
- Justin Amaluzor (26%, 19 Votes)
- Saidou Khan (12%, 9 Votes)
- Jake Cole (11%, 8 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (9%, 7 Votes)
- Noah Chesmain (9%, 7 Votes)
- Ross Marshall (8%, 6 Votes)
- Iffy Allen (5%, 4 Votes)
- Gavin Hoyte (4%, 3 Votes)
- George Elokobi (4%, 3 Votes)
- Ibby Akanbi (3%, 2 Votes)
- Andre Boucaud (3%, 2 Votes)
- Lewis Knight (3%, 2 Votes)
- Zihni Temelci (3%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 74