Saturday 28 April 2018 // National League // Attendance: 2,832 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United ended the 2017 / 2018 campaign with a goal less draw against FC Halifax Town in a match which typified the description of an end of season game with nothing riding on it.
With five minutes gone, Connor Oliver picked up the ball and ran forward before hitting an early shot straight at Lee Worgan. And from a similar distance, not far from the edge of the box, a spell of possession from Maidstone ended with Jai Reason’s rising effort flying into the Genco stand.
The Stones then strung together a neat move which started with Michael Phillips’ diagonal ball out to Andre Coker on the right. Coker picked out Stuart Lewis on the edge of the box and Lewis stood the ball up into the area where it was met by Tom Wraight whose header was on target but Sam Johnson tipped the ball over the bar.
Wraight was to go close again just past the half an hour mark. Coker was fouled in a central position close of the edge of the box and Wraight’s curling effort looked to be going into the net only for him to be denied by a full length save from Johnson.
The final meaningful action of the half saw Matty Kosylo’s cross deflected off Seth Nana Twumasi. The ball looped up kindly for Mike Fondop-Talom and his header dropped just over the bar.
After the break, there wasn’t a huge amount in the way of goalmouth action initially but Halifax had a decent chance on 54 minutes. Oliver’s free-kick into the box was met by the unmarked Scott McManus who was in a central position and he headed the ball straight at Worgan.
Seth Nana Twumasi them had a shot from the right hand side of the box easily plucked out the air by Johnson before Michael Duckworth found himself in an advanced position down the right and he blasted the ball all the way across the area and well wide. Then on 78 minutes, Ben Tomlinson side footed the ball to Fondop-Talom and his volley only just cleared the bar.
For the Stones, Paxman saw an effort deflect just wide before Halifax were awarded a penalty on 86 minutes. Josh Hare appeared to just clear the ball but the referee, Mr Pollard, felt he had caught Kosylo in the process. Fondop-Talom put the penalty to Worgan’s left but the Maidstone keeper made an excellent save as he dived to push the ball wide.
Having survived the penalty, Maidstone could have then nicked a winner but they were denied by more excellent goalkeeping from Johnson. First of all Lewis crossed for the stooping Jamar Loza who saw his header well saved and then in the 90th minute, Wraight found himself with only Johnson to beat but the Halifax keeper made the block.
Maidstone United: –
FC Halifax Town: –
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 2. Josh Hare, 3. Alex Finney, 13. Joe Anderson, 37. Michael Phillips (10. Jack Paxman 57), 8. Stuart Lewis, 14. Jai Reason, 35. Andre Coker (7. Jamar Loza 65), 11. Tom Wraight, 19. Blair Turgott (23. Jack Richards 81). Subs not used: 4. Reece Prestedge, 17. Darius Osei.
FC Halifax Town: 1. Sam Johnson, 39. Michael Duckworth, 31. Niall Maher, 11. Scott McManus, 32. Raheem Hanley, 14. Ben Tomlinson, 22. Michael Collins, 10. Connor Oliver, 7. Matty Kosylo, 20. Jake Hibbs (26. Connor Thomson 81), 33. Mike Fondop-Talom. Subs not used: 13. Tom Nicholson, 24. Jacob Hanson, 4. Martin Riley, 29. Shiraz Khan.
Who was your man of the match against FC Halifax Town?
- Lee Worgan (31%, 43 Votes)
- Alex Finney (31%, 43 Votes)
- Tom Wraight (12%, 16 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (7%, 9 Votes)
- Michael Philips (4%, 6 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (3%, 4 Votes)
- Seth Nana Twumasi (3%, 4 Votes)
- Jai Reason (2%, 3 Votes)
- Josh Hare (2%, 3 Votes)
- Jamar Loza (1%, 2 Votes)
- Jack Richards (1%, 2 Votes)
- Blair Turgott (1%, 1 Votes)
- Andre Coker (1%, 1 Votes)
- Joe Anderson (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 137