Saturday 10 December // Buildbase FA Trophy // Attendance: 201 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United and Boreham Wood will play again on Tuesday night after the two sides played out a goalless draw at Meadow Park. The result means that the Stones have now kept a clean sheet for the first time since they won 2-0 away at North Ferriby on 10th September.
Jay Saunders made a number of changes to the team that lost at Bromley last week. Jack Paxman, James Rogers and Seth Twumasi were replaced in the starting line up by Callum Driver, Jack Evans and Jamar Loza. And Driver particularly stood out as he looks to be recovering strongly from a foot injury he sustained early in the season away at Aldershot.
With ten minutes played, Yemi Odubade held the ball up with his back to goal. He then found Bobby-Joe Taylor who let fly from 25 yards out and the ball went inches over the bar with Grant Smith in the Boreham Wood goal stretching to try and make a save.
Around the mid point of the first half, the home side created a couple of opportunities. The first of these came when Bruno Andrade knocked the ball down to Angelo Balanta who was in a good position inside the box but he didn’t get hold of his shot properly and it deflected wide of the left hand post.
Balanta was involved again just moments later. This time he crossed from the right and Jamie Lucas rose to head the ball over the bar from a central point inside the area.
Then not long before the break, Maidstone enjoyed a spell of pressure inside the Boreham Wood box and they went close on 41 minutes. Taylor’s low drive through a crowd of players from 20 yards out looked to be heading inside the near post but Smith saw it late and made a save with his legs.
Just before hour, Driver carried the ball forwards but Taylor appeared to get in his way and the Wood quickly broke. The ball came out to Anthony Jeffrey who was in acres of space out on the left and he cut side before smashing his shot across the face of goal.
Shortly afterwards Jeffrey had an even better chance to open the scoring. Boreham Wood swept forwards with Femi Ilesanmi playing the ball to Lucas who then threaded it through to Jeffrey who lifted the ball over the bar when well placed.
Jay Saunders then brought on Ben Greenhalgh for Yemi Odubade and Greenhalgh had a chance for the Stones as the game moved towards it later stages. Lee Worgan started the move by quickly bowling the ball out to Loza who went on a long run forwards. Loza then picked out Greenhalgh inside the area but Greenhalgh wanted to take an extra touch before shooting and his effort was blocked.
Five minutes from time, Driver played an excellent diagonal ball out of defence to Taylor. Taylor then ran all the way to the edge of Boreham Wood’s box before he dragged his shot wide of the left hand post.
Late on, the home side did have a couple of chances to nick a winner. One of these came when substitute Rhys Murrell-Williamson’s corner eventually came to another substitute Ricky Shakes and his shot would have gone in had it not been for a diving save from Worgan.
With the game in stoppage time, Jeffrey’s rising effort was deflected over the bar. Then from the corner, Murrell-Williamson picked out Lucas who struck the ball towards the inside of the near post but he was denied by another good save from Worgan.
Boreham Wood: –
Maidstone United: –
Boreham Wood: 1. Grant Smith, 3. Danny Woodards, 4. Mark Ricketts, 6. David Stephens, 8. Kenny Davis, 11. Bruno Andrade (24. Rhys Murrell-Williamson 79), 9. Jamie Lucas, 14. Anthony Jeffrey, 15. Femi Ilesanmi, 19. Angelo Balanta (7. Ricky Shakes 79), 33. Joe Devera. Subs not used: 2. Ben Nunn, 5. Matt Paine, 20. Daniel Uchuchi.
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 2. Callum Driver, 5. Kevin Lokko, 4. Jamie Coyle, 3. Tom Mills, 16. Bobby-Joe Taylor, 8. Dan Sweeney (6. James Rogers 84), 12. Jack Evans, 11. Alex Flisher, 23. Yemi Odubade (17. Ben Greenhalgh 69), 25. Jamar Loza. Subs not used: 15. Anthony Achaempong, 19. Elliott Capel, 26. Nathan Parsons.
Who was your man of the match against Boreham Wood?
- Callum Driver (34%, 42 Votes)
- Tom Mills (17%, 21 Votes)
- Bobby-Joe Taylor (14%, 17 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (12%, 15 Votes)
- Jamie Coyle (5%, 6 Votes)
- Dan Sweeney (4%, 5 Votes)
- Ben Greenhalgh (3%, 4 Votes)
- Jamar Loza (2%, 3 Votes)
- Jack Evans (2%, 3 Votes)
- Yemi Odubade (2%, 2 Votes)
- Alex Flisher (2%, 2 Votes)
- Kevin Lokko (1%, 1 Votes)
- James Rogers (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 122