Maidstone United 3-1 Welling United // National League South // Attendance: 1,943 (135 Welling United supporters) // Match report by Ruth Tunnell // Saturday 7 March 2020
After four defeats in a row, the Stones finally gave their supporters something to smile about as they eased to a comfortable victory over Welling United thanks for goals from Iffy Allen, Zihni Temelci and Ayuk Tarh. The win was the first in nearly a month for Maidstone United.
Welling created the first chance of the match with just one minute gone. A cross from Gavin McCallum from the left was met by Philip Roberts and his glancing header was comfortably held by Chris Lewington.
The Stones thought they had taken the lead eight minutes later. A free-kick from Dan Wishart went into the box where Ross Marshall got a touch and Chiori Johnson put the ball over his own line but the goal was ruled out as Marshall was adjudged to have been in an offside position.
It wasn’t long before Maidstone threated again. Gavin Hoyte’s corner was headed down by Ryan Johnson and Sam Corne tried to force the ball into the net but he was thwarted by Diaz Wright making a goal line block from close range.
Saidou Khan then lost the ball in midfield to Wright. Wright surged into the box and made room for a low drive which Lewington stopped with his legs.
As the game moved towards half time, Zihni Temelci passed to Max Watters out on the left. Watters put an enticing ball into the area where Iffy Allen attempted to deftly flick the ball into the net but he couldn’t make good contact and the ball went wide.
The last action of the first half also involved Temelci. Once again a free-kick from Wishart was met by Johnson and when the ball bounced back up, Temelci drove the chance over the bar.
Not long after the break, Ross Marshall conceded a free-kick about 20 yards out. Anthony Cook’s effort was on target but he was denied by Lewington flinging himself to his right to palm the ball wide.
Then on 52 minutes Maidstone took the lead. Allen’s attempted cross was over hit but Justin Amaluzor did well to keep the ball in down the right and find Hoyte. Hoyte whipped the ball into the middle where Watters got a touch and it fell nicely to Allen who lashed the ball into the net.
A little while later, Khan dropped a shoulder as and set off for goal after obtaining the ball in midfield. Khan got into the box and was forced wide and Daniel Wilks made the stop with his feet before Khan tried to pick out Amaluzor with the rebound but was unsuccessful.
However, Khan was to have more luck on 70 minutes as he set up Maidstone’s second goal. The Stones kept battling down the right hand side and when the ball came back to Khan again, he kept his composure to put a simple low ball into the box which Temelci fired past Wilks.
Just as when it was looking like the Stones were cruising to victory, Welling were awarded a penalty on 89 minutes when substitute Korrey Henry was tripped in the box. Anthony Cook sent Lewington the wrong way from the spot to set up a nervy last few minutes but substitute Ayuk Tarh eased the tension with a delightful finish deep in stoppage time.
Maidstone United: Iffy Allen 52, Zihni Temelci 70, Ayuk Tarh 90
Welling United: Anthony Cook 89
Maidstone United: 16. Chris Lewington, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 20. Ross Marshall, 19. Ryan Johnson, 15. Dan Wishart, 7. Zihni Temelci, 8. Sam Corne, 18. Saidou Khan, 11. Justin Amaluzor, 14. Max Watters, 17. Iffy Allen (3. Ayuk Tarh 82). Subs not used: 4. Clovis Kamdjo, 1. Jake Cole, 5. Lewis Knight, 14. Jordan Tingley.
Welling United: 1. Daniel Wilks, 2. Chiori Johnson (12. Korrey Henry 71), 3. Gavin McCallum, 4. Harold Joseph, 5. Rob Swaine, 6. Diaz Wright, 7. Cameron James, 8. Bradley Goldberg (17. Adam Coombes 70), 9. Dipo Akinyemi, 10. Philip Roberts (15. Bradley Rolt 81), 11. Anthony Cook. Subs not used: 14. Montel Agyemang, 16. Conor Dymond.
Who was your man of the match against Welling United?
- Zihni Temelci (18%, 29 Votes)
- Max Watters (15%, 24 Votes)
- Sam Corne (14%, 23 Votes)
- Iffy Allen (10%, 17 Votes)
- Ross Marshall (10%, 16 Votes)
- Ayuk Tarh (6%, 10 Votes)
- Chris Lewington (6%, 9 Votes)
- Justin Amaluzor (5%, 8 Votes)
- Saidou Khan (4%, 7 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (4%, 7 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (4%, 7 Votes)
- Gavin Hoyte (3%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 162