Tuesday 30 October 2018 // National League // Attendance: 2,003// Report by Ruth Tunnell
Following three league defeats in a row, Maidstone United have claimed their first point in a month as they came from behind to draw at Ebbsfleet.
After Saturday’s loss against Solihull Moors, Harry Wheeler opted for a number of changes. With Lee Worgan departing for Dover this week, one of those was forced and he handed Grant Smith his debut in goal. Also coming in for his first appearance for the Stones was Rob Swaine but unfortunately for Swaine, he only lasted 45 minutes before having to be replaced by Seth Nana Twumasi. The other two alterations to the side saw Michael Phillips and Elliott Romain handed starts.
Ebbsfleet enjoyed the greater share of possession early on but as the half wore on, Maidstone started to look the more threatening of the two sides. On 24 minutes Jack Paxman couldn’t make room for a shot in the area so instead laid the ball off to Michael Phillips whose low effort was weak and straight at Nathan Ashmore.
Shortly after this, Smith was called into meaningful action for the first time. Ebbsfleet kept the ball well and although the hard working Blair Turgott blocked a shot it rebounded into the path of Jack Payne who caused Smith to scramble across and make a save at his left post.
Not long before the break, Will De Havilland sent a thumping header towards Jake Cassidy. Cassidy turned and laid the ball into the path of Turgott who advanced down the left before sending the ball all the way across the six yard box.
Turgott was involved in virtually every Maidstone attack and he set up another one when he robbed Ebou Adams of the ball. Turgott quickly passed to Romain but the Stones’ striker couldn’t generate any power behind his shot and it went easily to Ashmore.
Five minutes after the break, Ebbsfleet got into a muddle at the back with Ashmore drawn to the edge of his box. Romain tried to capitalise but he was forced wide and Clark eventually got the ball clear.
A corner from Paxman was then met by De Havilland who headed the ball down into the ground and wide before Ebbsfleet took the lead with a fine goal on 58 minutes. Danny Kedwell beat Simon Walton to a ball into the box and Kedwell headed it back into the middle where Clark was on hand to loft a deft finish past Smith.
There was then little to particularly note until Maidstone suddenly equalised 14 minutes from time. The Ebbsfleet defence switched off as Paxman’s corner went towards the near post and De Haviland stole in to head past Ashmore.
Ebbsfleet United: Kenny Clark 58
Maidstone United: Will De Havilland 76
Maidstone United: 1. Grant Smith, 25. Rob Swaine (16. Seth Nana Twumasi 45), 5. Will De Havilland, 20. Simon Walton (28. Gold Omotayo 64), 6. Alex Finney, 26. Jack Doyle, 22. Michael Phillips, 10. Jack Paxman, 11. Blair Turgott, 9. Elliott Romain, 24. Jake Cassidy (21. Ollie Muldoon 87). Subs not used: 3. George McLennan, 17. Olu Durojaiye.
Ebbsfleet United:1. Nathan Ashmore, 19. Chris Bush, 3. Sam Magri, 5. Dave Winfield, 6. Kenny Clark, 11. Myles Weston, 16. Jack Payne, 8. Ebou Adams (14. Darren McQueen 86), 18. Corey Whitely, 15. Luke Coulson (17. Sean Shields 83), 9. Danny Kedwell.Subs not used: 12. Michael Cheek, 13. Jonathan Miles, 23. Laurie Wilson.
Who was your man of the match against Ebbsfleet United? Total Voters: 116
Who was your man of the match against Ebbsfleet United?
Total Voters: 116