Tuesday 26 February 2019 // FA Trophy Quarter Final Replay // Attendance: 1,140 (88 Stockport County fans) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Not even the return of Blair Turgott from injury could prevent the Stones from losing another game at the Gallagher Stadium this season as they were dumped out of the FA Trophy by National League North side Stockport County in a replay.
The visitors made five changes to their starting line up from Saturday with a nod towards the fact that they are chasing the league title but despite this, Stockport were by far the better side. The number off chances the Hatters created went well into double figures whereas Maidstone only called Ben Hinchliffe into serious action just once.
Chris Lewington had a busy first half but Ben Hinchliffe did not have a save to make as the Stones only managed two off target efforts. The game took a little while to warm up and Lewington was first called into action on 23 minutes. A long kick downfield from Hinchliffe was flicked on by Adam Thomas to Frank Mulhern and his shot towards the near post was beaten away by Lewington.
Seconds later, a ball came into Scott Duxbury after Maidstone had failed to clear their lines. Duxbury’s rising drive was heading for the net but Lewington did well to tip it onto the bar and it went over for a corner.
Stockport kept on pressing and it wasn’t long before Dan Cowan found Thomas whose shot went straight at Lewington who pushed the ball up and away from goal. Then on 33 minutes, a corner from Thomas reached Palmer whose header almost beat Lewington but Lewington managed to claw the ball away with his right hand as he was moving in the opposite direction.
Four minutes before the break, County went close again. This time Sam Walker’s free-kick from just outside the box was heading for the left side of the net but once again Lewington came to Maidstone’s rescue with a full-length diving save.
Maidstone improved slightly after the break but on 65 minutes, Stockport took the lead. A ball over the top from Paul Turnball wasn’t cut out by Jarvis Edobor which allowed substitute Nyal Bell in on goal. Lewington came off his line but he wasn’t able to prevent Bell from going round him before Bell unselfishly found Jake Kirby who lashed the ball into the net.
Within 60 seconds, the Stones tested Hinchliffe for the first time in the evening. The ball came into Michael Phillips who was about 20 yards out and his low shot was well saved by Hinchliffe. And then at the other end, Stockport came within inches of doubling their lead when Walker let fly from even further out than Phillips had been and the ball smacked the bar before looping over.
The Hatters were looking comfortable with their advantage and they made certain of their place in the next round six minutes from time. Once again Maidstone’s defence couldn’t cope with Stockport’s pace down the right and Elliott Osborne squared the ball to Kirby who had the simple task of finishing from close range.
Then in stoppage time, Stockport piled more misery on the Stones. A corner from Walker went across the box and the unmarked Jordan Keane headed in at the far post.
Maidstone United: –
Stockport County: Jake Kirby 65, 84, Jordan Keane 90
Stockport County: 1. Ben Hinchliffe, 2. Dan Cowan, 4. Jordan Keane, 5. Ashley Palmer, 3. Scott Duxbury, 6. Paul Turnbull, 8. Sam Walker, 7. Adam Thomas (14. Sam Miniham 68), 10. Elliott Osborne, 11. Jake Kirby (15. Darren Stephenson 85), 9. Frank Mulhern (16. Nyal Bell 45). Subs not used: 12. Lewis Baines 13. Ian Ormson,
Maidstone United: 26. Chris Lewington, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 30. Jarvis Edobor (2. Dan Meredith 67), 6. Aron Davies, 16. Dan Wishart, 20. Simon Walton (17. Leo Donnellan 75), 22. Michael Phillips, 21. Ollie Muldoon (11. Blair Turgott 45), 10. Jack Paxman, 8. Jack Powell, 18. Jake Cassidy. Subs not used: 1. Dion-Curtis Henry, 31. Jordan Tingley.
Who was your man of the match against Stockport County?
- Chris Lewington (23%, 3 Votes)
- Blair Turgott (23%, 3 Votes)
- Simon Walton (15%, 2 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (15%, 2 Votes)
- Dan Meredith (8%, 1 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (8%, 1 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (8%, 1 Votes)
- Jarvis Edobor (0%, 0 Votes)
- Shaun Donnellan (0%, 0 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jack Powell (0%, 0 Votes)
- Aron Davies (0%, 0 Votes)
- Leo Donnellan (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 13