Saturday 30 December 2017 // National League // Attendance: 2,287 (271 Maidstone United supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
A glancing header from Jim Kellerman with 93 minutes on the clock rescued a point for the Shots in a fixture which appears to like stoppage time equalisers. Back in August, it was Maidstone’s turn to deny Aldershot all three points thanks to Josh Hare who scored in the 95th minute. This time though, the Stones were on the receiving end of a dramatic late goal and it prevented them from registering their first league win since early November.
The home side looked the more confident of the two sides early on and they might have taken the lead with just 11 minutes gone. Shamir Fenelon put the ball into the box where Scott Rendell got a touch and it came to Bernard Mensah who slightly hesitated and his shot was well blocked by Stuart Lewis.
Mensah then crossed for Rendell who headed over when well placed and Jake Gallagher’s effort from just inside the area was on target until it took a big deflection and flew wide. Seconds after this, a corner from Bobby-Joe Taylor was met by Kellerman and his header was cleared off the line by Lewis.
As the half wore on, Maidstone began to come into the game more. On 39 minutes, Lee Worgan put a long kick downfield which was headed on by Joe Pigott. The ball dropped into the path of Aaron Collins and under pressure from Cheye Alexander, he managed to get into the area before trying to beat Lewis Ward with power only for the Aldershot keeper to save with his legs.
Seth Nana Twumasi then accidentally gave the ball away after a foray forwards and the home side broke with pace. Mensah put a dangerous low cross into the box which Worgan got a touch to and it dropped kindly to Shamir Fenelon. Fenelon probably should have given the Shots the lead as he tried to place his effort but he rolled the ball wide of the left post.
Not long after the break, Alexander ran down the right and drove the ball across the face of goal and wide but within three minutes of the restart, the Stones were ahead. Pigott put a delightful ball over the top of the Aldershot defence which drew Ward from his goal. Collins won the race to the ball and he lifted it over Ward before calmly slotting home his first goal for the club.
Kellerman then turned past Lewis and shot just wide from the edge of the area before the Shots went even closer. Mensah passed to substitute James Rowe and from about 20 yards out, he curled the ball onto the bar.
Moments after this, Ward kept the Shots in the game. A low corner from Zavon Hines was met by substitute Tom Wraight only for Ward to get down smartly to scoop the ball away from the line.
Lewis then put an enticing ball into the area for Collins to turn onto. Collins was quickly closed down by Ward and the Aldershot keeper made another good block with his legs. And then Collins did well to generate power on a header following a deflected cross from Pigott but once again Ward came to the rescue for the home side as he made a fine diving save.
With the game in stoppage time, Jai Reason was fouled about 20 yards out. Pigott assumed responsibility for the free-kick and he was unfortunate to see his effort strike the very inside of the post before rebounding safely across the face of goal.
The fine line between a victory and a draw was then bluntly pointed out to the Stones as Aldershot equalised with the last meaningful action of the match. Kellerman put a good ball into the Maidstone box which the Stones defence managed to turn behind for a corner. This was taken by former Stones player Bobby-Joe Taylor who aimed for the near post and Kellerman ran across to get the vital touch to send the ball past Worgan and into the back of the net.
Maidstone United: Aaron Collins 48
Aldershot Town: Jim Kellerman 90+3
Aldershot Town: 34. Lewis Ward, 3. Cheye Alexander, 5. Will Evans (15. Kodi Lyons-Foster 9), 7. Shamir Fenelon (10. Matt McClure 64), 8. Manny Oyeleke, 9. Scott Rendell, 11. Bernard Mensah, 16. Jake Gallagher (18. James Rowe 51), 17. Jim Kellerman, 21. George Fowler, 27. Bobby-Joe Taylor. Subs not used: 1. Jake Cole, 28. James Blanchfield.
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 6. Magnus Okuonghae, 5. Alex Wynter, 13. Joe Anderson, 27. Zavon Hines (4. Reece Prestedge 82), 8. Stuart Lewis, 14. Jai Reason, 7. Jamar Loza (11. Tom Wraight 64), 39. Aaron Collins (2. Josh Hare 87), 32. Joe Pigott. Subs not used: 15. Andy McCorkell, 22. Johan Ter-Horst.
Who was your man of the match against Aldershot Town?
- Aaron Collins (54%, 61 Votes)
- Joe Pigott (20%, 22 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (11%, 12 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (4%, 4 Votes)
- Zavon Hines (2%, 2 Votes)
- Reece Prestedge (2%, 2 Votes)
- Jai Reason (2%, 2 Votes)
- Jamar Loza (2%, 2 Votes)
- Alex Wynter (2%, 2 Votes)
- Joe Anderson (1%, 1 Votes)
- Magnus Okuonghae (1%, 1 Votes)
- Tom Wraight (1%, 1 Votes)
- Josh Hare (0%, 0 Votes)
- Seth Nana Twumasi (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 112