Tuesday 1 January 2019 // National League // Attendance: 3,087 (375 Dover Athletic supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
There was to be no immediate improvement in Maidstone United’s home form with the turn of the New Year after they were sunk by a late goal from substitute Jamie Allen. The result lifts Dover to 18th place in the National League and leaves the Stones stuck in the relegation zone.
Both sides showed plenty of attacking intent in the first half with Maidstone, in particular, stringing together some neat moves but despite this, neither keeper had too many challenging saves to make. On nine minutes, Charlie Wassmer accidentally hit an overhead kick into the box which fell nicely to Alfie Pavey. Pavey laid the ball back into the path of Inih Effiong who drove a shot across the face of goal that cleared the left post by a matter of inches.
Jack Paxman curled a tantalising ball into the corridor of uncertainty which the stretching Elliott Romain just failed to reach. Then Jake Cassidy gambled on reaching a long kick downfield from Ross Worner which he did manage to get on the end of, but he elected to go for an early half volley and the ball flew over the bar.
With the interval a minute away, a corner from Jai Reason went straight to Paxman on the edge of the box. Paxman found Romain who carried the ball along way before switching the direction of play to Cassidy. Cassidy did well to make room for a shot which Mitch Walker beat away from his near post.
Dover enjoyed the best of the early part of the second half and they might have taken the lead on a couple of occasions. The first came when a long throw into the Maidstone box evaded everyone and fell to Effiong who was in a great position, but he smacked his shot into a crowd inside the six yard box.
Effiong then got on the end of a punt downfield from Walker. With Worner off his line, Effiong turned into the box and lifted the ball over the bar. And seconds later, Aryan Tajbakhsh’s loose pass was cut out by Bedsente Gomis. Gomis moved slightly forward before striking the ball goalwards from 20 yards and he was denied by a fine low save from Worner.
Dover continued to look the more likely side to score and they went close again on 79 minutes. A corner from Brundle was met by Effiong whose header was cleared off the line by Cassidy and the ball eventually came back out to Brundle whose low drive was well parried by Worner.
And then with four minutes remaining, the Whites’ pressure paid off. Once again a long throw into the box from Brundle caused problems for the Maidstone defence and Kevin Lokko flicked the ball into the path of Allen who scored the winner with a neat finish past Worner.
Maidstone United: –
Dover Athletic: Jamie Allen 86
Maidstone United:1. Ross Worner, 22. Michael Phillips, 29. Charlie Wassmer, 5. Will De Havilland, 3. George McLennan (30. Jarvis Edobor 45), 28. Aryan Tajbakhsh (23. Jack Richards 89), 21. Ollie Muldoon, 10. Jack Paxman (19. Jake Robinson 76), 8. Jack Powell, 9. Elliott Romain, 24. Jake Cassidy. Subs not used:12. Josh Strizovic, 20. Simon Walton.
Dover Athletic: 1. Mitch Walker, 26. Scott Doe, 5. Kevin Lokko, 8. Mitch Brundle, 23. Bedsente Gomes, 28. Josh Debayo (7. Anthony Jeffrey 75), 27. Stuart Lewis, 18. Nortei Nortey (21. Ricky Modeste 68), 30. Jai Reason, 14. Alfie Pavey (10. Jamie Allen 62), 12. Inih Effiong. Subs not used: 4. Moussa Diarra, 31. Lee Worgan.
Who was your man of the match against Dover Athletic?
- Ross Worner (21%, 30 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (16%, 23 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (15%, 21 Votes)
- George McLennan (11%, 15 Votes)
- Charlie Wassmer (10%, 14 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (9%, 13 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (6%, 9 Votes)
- Jack Powell (6%, 8 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (3%, 4 Votes)
- Aryan Tajbakhsh (3%, 4 Votes)
- Jake Robinson (1%, 1 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jarvis Edobor (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jack Richards (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 142