Tuesday 25 September 2018 // National League // Attendance: 1,613 (153 Maidstone United supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
A backs to the wall performance from the Stones saw Maidstone pick up consecutive victories for the first time this season as Blair Turgott’s seventh goal of the season was enough for the Stones to edge past Aldershot.
Maidstone are unlikely to have to absorb as much pressure in a match again this season but some resolute, and at times, desperate defending from the Stones, gave Harry Wheeler his second win in charge of Maidstone.
Aldershot dominated possession in the first half and weren’t afraid to shoot when they had a sniff of goal. On nine minutes, Alex Finney blocked Adam May’s effort and the ball came back out to Adam McDonnell who found the arms of Lee Worgan.
Moments later Worgan had to dive to parry Matt McClure’s low drive which he gathered at the second attempt. Then Lewis Kinsella arrowed a cross into the box only for Will de Havilland to do well and put a covering header behind for a corner.
There was a similar pattern to the play not long after this. Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong cut inside from the right and struck the ball goalwards from the edge of the box and once again, Worgan smothered the ball at the second attempt.
Then on 25 minutes, the Stones took the lead against the run of play. Jake Cassidy picked up possession about 30 yards out and drove goalwards before getting a shot away from close to the edge of the box. Jake Cole could only parry the ball back into a dangerous area and Blair Turgott arrived to finish in off the right post.
Falling behind seemed to knock Aldershot and it was Maidstone who came closest to scoring in the remainder of the first half. A corner from the right from Jack Paxman caused Cole problems and the Aldershot keeper tipped the ball onto the bar.
The Shots came flying out of the blocks after the break with the Stones struggling to get out of their own half for long periods. On 51 minutes, Luke Wanadio’s rising drive hit the side netting before Aldershot went even closer. A corner from the left eventually came to Adam McDonnell and he fired the ball through a crowd where it cannoned off the right post.
Aldershot kept pushing and at times Maidstone were having to resort to desperate defending. On 73 minutes, a cross from May reached Jacob Berkeley-Ageypong who played the ball back to Dominic Bernard and once again, the Shots saw their effort blocked.
Ten minutes later, the ball came to substitute Dan Holman who was on the edge of the box. Holman turned smartly but dragged his shot inches wide of the right post. Holman was then involved again late on when he played the ball to Berkeley-Ageypong who was threatening to get a clear sight of goal but he couldn’t get much power behind his shot and Worgan comfortably saved.
Things were to get even more nervy for the Stones deep in stoppage time when McDonnell headed the ball over Worgan only for Will De Havilland to head the ball of the line. Then the last meaningful action might have resulted in Maidstone being awarded a penalty when Cassidy appeared to go down under Regan Booty’s challenge but the referee, Mr Bourne, waived play on.
Aldershot Town: –
Maidstone United: Blair Turgott 25
Aldershot Town: 1. Jake Cole, 3. Lewis Kinsella, 4. Adam McDonnell, 5. George Fowler, 6. Karleigh Osborne (15. Josh Lelan 30), 10. Matt McClure (20. Dan Holman 59), 11. Luke Wanadio, 12. Dominic Bernard, 17. Regan Booty, 21. Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong, 23. Adam May. Subs not used:26. George Legg, 8. Luke Howell, 16. Jake Gallagher.
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 25. Laurie Wilson, 5. Will De Havilland, 20. Simon Walton, 6. Alex Finney, 26. Jack Doyle, 17. Scott Durojaiye (22. Michael Phillips, 63), 8. Stuart Lewis, 10. Jack Paxman, 24. Jake Cassidy, 11. Blair Turgott (14. Jamar Loza 81). Subs not used:16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 27. Norman Wabo, 15. Shamir Mullings
Who was your man of the match against Aldershot Town? Total Voters: 111
Who was your man of the match against Aldershot Town?
Total Voters: 111