National League South // Attendance: 1,337// Match report by Ruth Tunnell // Tuesday 10 December 2019
On a thoroughly wet and miserable evening at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone were held to a goalless draw by Chippenham Town in a game which probably will not live long in the memory.
The first half was patchy in terms of goalmouth action but Chippenham had two decent opportunities to take the lead early on. On 16 minutes Dave Pratt turned and lifted the ball just over the bar and then moments later, Tom Owen-Evans beat the offside trap and found himself with only Jake Cole to beat but Cole made the stop with his feet.
Pratt was involved again when he cut out a loose pass from Luke Pennell. The Chippenham striker advanced towards the area and forced Cole to parry the ball before George Elokobi made the clearance.
It wasn’t until the 34th minute that Maidstone went close. Justin Amaluzor got a drive away from the edge of the box which took a slight deflection as it went wide. And shortly after this, Amaluzor made a block before passing to Matt McClure who moved the ball onto Dan Wishart whose low effort also missed the target.
The final meaningful action of the first half saw Elokobi send a decent pass out to Gavin Hoyte out on the right. Hoyte drove a dangerous low ball across the six yard box but it was diverted behind by the diving George Rigg.
Not long after the break, Maidstone broke with pace. Zihni Temelci swept the ball out to Wishart on the left and he put an inviting ball into the box. Amaluzor managed to get a shot away which Will Puddy did well to block and from a tight angle, Matt McClure could only find the side netting. The Stones kept pushing and minutes later a shot from McClure went across the face of goal and struck the base of the right post.
With 70 minutes gone, the ball came off Elokobi and dropped nicely for Luke Haines who was in space and in a good position in front of goal. Haines couldn’t keep his shot down though and he hooked the ball over the bar.
Then with the game in stoppage time, the ball came to McClure who was on the edge of the box. McClure had more time than he realised and his rushed effort went well wide.
Maidstone United: –
Chippenham Town: –
Maidstone United: 1. Jake Cole, 19. Ryan Johnson, 6. George Elokobi, 3. Luke Pennell (17. Iffy Allen 73), 2. Gavin Hoyte, 8. Ross Marshall, 5. Zihni Temelci, 12. Noah Chesmain, 15. Dan Wishart, 11. Justin Amaluzor, 20. Matt McClure. Subs not used: 4. Clovis Kamdjo, 16. Chris Lewington, 7. Nana Kyei, 14. Jacob Gilbert,.
Chippenham Town: 1. Will Puddy, 2. Rhys Tyler, 4. George Rigg, 6. Will Richards (3. Jay Foulston 73), 7. Tom Owen-Evans, 8. Callum Gunner, 14. Kieran Parselle, 25. Elias Youssef, 19. Dave Pratt (17. Karnell Chambers 88), 20. Luke Haines, 11. Chris Zebroski. Subs not used: 10. Luke Hopper, 16. Curtis McDonald, 18. Jack Wakefield.
Who was your man of the match against Chippenham Town?
- Jake Cole (19%, 14 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (18%, 13 Votes)
- Zihni Temelici (16%, 12 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (14%, 10 Votes)
- Justin Amaluzor (12%, 9 Votes)
- Gavin Hoyte (5%, 4 Votes)
- Matt McClure (5%, 4 Votes)
- Noah Chesmain (4%, 3 Votes)
- Luke Pennell (3%, 2 Votes)
- Ross Marshall (1%, 1 Votes)
- George Elokobi (1%, 1 Votes)
- Iffy Allen (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 73