Saturday 9 January // Vanarama National League South // Attendance: 710 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
A strong away performance from Maidstone United saw them pick up their third win in a row as goals from Dan Sweeney and Jay May were enough to overcome a spirited Bath City side.
The Stones could not have wished for a better start. With three minutes gone, Charles Banya put a dangerous ball into the six yard box which Danny Greenslade got away for a corner. Vas Karagiannis’ delivery was punched away by goal keeper Steve Phillips but the ball came back out to Callum Driver. Driver calmly found Karagiannis who had remained out on the right and he curled a cross to the back post where it was headed in by Sweeney for his first goal for Maidstone.
Bath then looked to attack where possible and they then enjoyed plenty of possession. It wasn’t until the 31st minute that they tested Lee Worgan for the first time though. A City corner out on the right eventually came to Greenslade who was just outside the box and his low shot was stopped by the diving Worgan.
Seconds later, Greenslade was involved again when he squared the ball to Ashley Kington who was lurking inside the six yard box. Kington managed to get a shot away but Worgan did well to stick a foot out and divert the ball behind for a corner.
Then not long before half time, the tricky Nick McCootie did well to twist and turn into a small bit of space on the edge of the Maidstone box. He threaded his drive threw a crowd of players but Worgan spotted the ball and made a diving save.
With 54 minutes played, Joe Healy might have caught Dan Bowman as he won the ball from the Bath player who was trying to push on towards Maidstone’s box. With City appealing for a free-kick which never materialised, the Stones broke quickly down the left through Banya. Banya then put the ball into the box and Alex Akrofi’s shot towards the near post was blocked by Andy Gallinagh.
But shortly after this, the home side should have pulled level. A free-kick into the box dropped to Nick McCootie who was in a good position only for the striker to send his shot inches wide of the right hand post.
By now City, were putting quite a bit of pressure on the Stones defence as the rain drove down at Twerton Park. On 67 minutes, Danny Greenslade won the ball on the left hand side of the box and put a dangerous low ball into the six yard box only for the excellent Jamie Coyle to slide in and concede the corner.
A corner from Frankie Artus then caused a scramble in the Maidstone box before the Stones broke away to add a second goal with 13 minutes remaining. Joe Healy curled the ball into the box where Sweeney saw it bounce off his chest into the hands of Phillips. The Bath keeper quickly put Bath away on the attack only for Callum Driver to nick the ball off the toes of Gallinagh. Driver then raced forwards and put over an excellent cross which substitute Jay May managed to steer into the net to ensure the Stones maintained their perfect start to 2016.
Bath City: –
Maidstone United: Dan Sweeney 3, Jay May 77
Bath City: Steve Phillips, Dan Bowman, Danny Greenslade (Eliot Richards 68), Sekani Simpson, Jack Batten, Andy Gallinagh, Ashley Kington (Chas Hemmings 60), Ben Adelsbury, Nick McCootie (Dave Pratt 65), Andy Watkin, Frankie Artus. Subs not used: Jack Smith, Brad Williams.
Maidstone United: Lee Worgan, Callum Driver, Tom Mills, Jamie Coyle, Callum Davies, James Rogers, Charles Banya (Bobby-Joe Taylor 80), Joe Healy, Alex Akrofi (Jay May 68), Dan Sweeney, Vas Karagiannis (Matt Bodkin 76). Subs not used: Manny Parry, Jack Paxman.
Who was your man of the match against Bath City?
- Callum Driver (21%, 43 Votes)
- Dan Sweeney (20%, 40 Votes)
- Jamie Coyle (13%, 27 Votes)
- Joe Healy (8%, 17 Votes)
- Vas Karagiannis (8%, 17 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (5%, 11 Votes)
- Charles Banya (5%, 11 Votes)
- Callum Davies (5%, 10 Votes)
- Alex Akrofi (4%, 8 Votes)
- Jay May (4%, 8 Votes)
- Tom Mills (2%, 5 Votes)
- James Rogers (2%, 4 Votes)
- Bobby-Joe Taylor (1%, 3 Votes)
- Matt Bodkin (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 204