Saturday 6 October 2018 // National League // Attendance: 2,294 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
On a day of grotty weather at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone United were narrowly beaten by Bromley in a derby between two Kent teams who haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to the season.
It didn’t take long for Bromley to take the lead with a goal that turned out to be the winner. On 11 minutes, Sam Wood arrowed the ball into the box from the left side. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe took a chance and threw himself at the ball and this paid off as his diving header went past Lee Worgan in the Maidstone goal.
The Ravens were edging the game at this point but the Stones soon went close on two occasions. The first was when Blair Turgott brought the ball under control just inside the box and his low shot was threatening to creep inside the right post until David Gregory intervened by getting down smartly and pushing the ball wide. From the resultant corner, Will de Havilland was left unmarked but he got right underneath Jack Paxman’s corner and his header screwed wide.
Then Lawrie Wilson knocked a decent ball forwards for Turgott to chase. Turgott got to the by-line and his attempted pull back took a deflection which lead to it coming back out to Wilson who tried to curl the ball past Gregory and the Ravens keeper did well to palm the ball behind.
Bromley looked a threat on the break though and they ran at the Stones with pace on 33 minutes. The excellent Ogedi-Uzokwe, who was proving to be a regular threat to the Maidstone defence, played the ball out to George Porter. Porter ran into the box and got a shot away which Worgan did well to keep out by flinging himself to his right and getting a hand to the ball.
Not long after this Ogedi-Uzokwe surged forwards once again. This time he spotted the run of Bobby-Joe Taylor whose off the ball movement led to him getting on the end of a pass from Ogedi-Uzokwe and Taylor saw his effort smash against the right post.
Harry Wheeler changed Maidstone’s shape at half time. Michael Phillips was brought on and Simon Walton moved up as Wheeler looked to bolster the midfield. And these changes improved the Stones who kept the ball better than they had in the first half. In the early stages of the second period, Walton lifted the ball into Cassidy who spun into space and from an acute angle, Cassdy forced Gregory to tip the ball over the bar.
Unsurprisingly, Bromley were content to defend their lead and they made life difficult for Maidstone going forwards. It wasn’t until the 73rd minute that Maidstone really threatened again when substitute Ollie Muldoon latched onto a loose ball about 25 yards out and his rising drive was well saved by Gregory.
As the game moved towards its conclusion, the Stones upped the pressure on Bromley. With six minutes remaining, Muldoon’s free-kick from 25 yards looked to be heading into the top left hand corner of the net but it crashed against the underside of the bar.
Not long afterwards, Muldoon found Cassidy who slipped the ball into Jack Paxman. Gregory got a hand to Paxman’s shot and the ball came back off the post before it hit Gregory’s back and went behind for a corner.
But the Stones’ final hopes of getting anything from the game disappeared late on when Will De Havilland’s legs appeared to be taken from underneath him when he was inside the box but the referee, Mr Edwards, was unimpressed with the loud appeals for a penalty from the Genco stand.
Maidstone United: –
Bromley: Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe 11
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 25. Laurie Wilson, 5. Will De Havilland, 20. Simon Walton (21. Ollie Muldoon 63), 6. Alex Finney, 26. Jack Doyle, 8. Stuart Lewis (9. Joe Quigley 82), 10. Jack Paxman, 28. Gold Omotayo (22. Michael Phillips 45), 24. Jake Cassidy, 11. Blair Turgott. Subs not used: 17. Olu Durojaiye, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi.
Bromley: 1. David Gregory, 15. Marc-Anthony Okoye (5. Roger Johnson 88), 6. Jack Holland, 25. Paul Rooney, 23. Sam Wood, 7. Bobby-Joe Taylor (24. Richard Brindley 79), 8. Frankie Raymond, 4. Frankie Sutherland, 11. Adam Mekki (14. Jordan Higgs 69), 18. George Porter, 19. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe. Subs not used: 17. Reece Meekums, 21. Joan Luque.
Who was your man of the match against Bromley?
- Jack Paxman (25%, 30 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (19%, 23 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (13%, 16 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (11%, 14 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (8%, 10 Votes)
- Lawrie Wilson (7%, 8 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (6%, 7 Votes)
- Blair Turgott (3%, 4 Votes)
- Jack Doyle (2%, 3 Votes)
- Simon Walton (2%, 2 Votes)
- Joe Quigley (2%, 2 Votes)
- Gold Omotayo (1%, 1 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (1%, 1 Votes)
- Alex Finney (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 122