Saturday 10 February 2018 // National League // Attendance: 2,227 (504 Maidstone United supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
The Stones have put the brakes on their poor run of form as they picked up their first point since the 4-4 draw away at Woking as they twice came from behind to draw at play-off chasing Bromley.
Maidstone’s afternoon did not get off to a good start. With just four minutes gone, the Stones got into trouble at the back as Lee Worgan came off his line and conceded possession leaving Josh Rees with the simple job of rolling the ball into the unguarded net from the edge of the box.
The Stones improved as the half went on though. Jai Reason put the ball into the area for debutant Ross Lafayette to chase but he was close to the keeper David Gregory and he lifted the chance well over the bar.
Maidstone then survived a penalty scare just before the half hour mark. A neat move saw Louis Dennis play the ball to Brandon Hanlan down the left side of the box and as Dennis released the ball he appeared to be tripped by Seth Nana Twumasi but no penalty was forthcoming.
But with 35 minutes gone, the Stones levelled. A short corner from Reason went to Joe Anderson who arrowed the ball towards the back post. Andre Coker headed the ball back across the box and Jamar Loza stabbed the ball home.
There was five additional minutes at the end of the first half and Bromley might have scored just as the game moved into additional time. Luke Wanadio raced past debutant Dean Beckwith down the right and pulled the ball back to Rees who blazed the ball over the bar.
However, the Ravens did make sure they went in front at the break. Former Stones player George Porter got in down the left side of the box and as Worgan came off his line, Porter chipped a delightful finish over the Maidstone keeper.
Early in the second half, Paxman played the ball out wide to Coker. Coker did well to keep the ball in before running to the touchline and putting the ball into the box. There to meet it was Reason but unfortunately Reason couldn’t connect properly with the ball.
Not long before the hour, Wanadio beat the offside flag. The ball eventually came to Hanlan but he was off balance and he put his shot wide.
Then on 71 minutes, the Stones equalised for the second time in the match. Lafayette did well to win the ball close to the edge of the box and he rolled into the path of substitute Blair Turgott. Turgott was just six minutes into his Maidstone debut and he went past both a Bromley defender and David Gregory in the Bromley goal before sending a confident low finish into the net.
As the game entered its later stages, Omar Bugiel side footed the ball wide. Then Lee Worgan had to make a good save after the ball came through a crowd following a corner from Frankie Raymond.
And with the game in stoppage time, Bromley burst forward as they tried to snatch a late winner. Hanlan started running down the left but he was hauled down by Beckwith. Beckwith had already been booked and so his debut for the Stones ended in a red card and he will now be suspended for one match.
Bromley: Josh Rees 5, George Porter 45
Maidstone United: Jamar Loza 35, Blair Turgott 77
Bromley: 1. David Gregory, 4. Josh Rees, 5. Ben Chorley, 6. Jack Holland, 8. Frankie Raymond, 9. Brandon Hanlan, 10. Louis Dennis, 16. Tyrone Sterling, 17. Luke Wanadio (14. Jordan Higgs 71), 18. George Porter, 23. Luke Woolfenden (25. Omar Bugiel 78). Subs not used: 15. Dan Johnson, 19. Roger Johnson, 21. Frankie Sutherland.
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 5. Alex Wynter, 28. Dean Beckwith, 13. Joe Anderson, 8. Stuart Lewis, 12. Ollie Muldoon (10. Jack Paxman 42), 14. Jai Reason (9. Delano Sam-Yorke 76), 7. Jamar Loza (19. Blair Turgott 65), 35. Andre Coker, 29. Ross Lafayette. Subs not used: 2. Josh Hare, 17. Darius Osei.
Who was your man of the match against Bromley?
- Ross Lafayette (25%, 33 Votes)
- Blair Turgott (19%, 25 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (14%, 19 Votes)
- Dean Beckwith (10%, 13 Votes)
- Andre Coker (10%, 13 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (7%, 9 Votes)
- Jai Reason (3%, 4 Votes)
- Jamar Loza (3%, 4 Votes)
- Delano Sam-Yorke (3%, 4 Votes)
- Alex Wynter (2%, 3 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (2%, 2 Votes)
- Joe Anderson (2%, 2 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (1%, 1 Votes)
- Seth Nana Twumasi (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 133