Saturday 12 January 2019 // FA Trophy second round // Attendance: 1,156 (31 Oxford City supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
A solitary strike from Jack Richards who enjoyed a rare start for Maidstone United was enough to see the Stones edge past Oxford City in the FA Trophy.
Just like in the previous round, Maidstone had enough about them to see off National League South opposition and although they didn’t put Craig King in the Oxford goal under significant pressure, the Stones themselves were rarely troubled inside their own penalty area.
Just seven minutes had gone when Ollie Muldoon arrowed a precise diagonal ball out to Richards who was out wide on the left. Richards put his head down and ran into the box and with Elliott Romain waiting, he elected to shoot and the ball went past the right post.
The visitors didn’t create much in the first half but they had an opportunity when Reece Fleet’s free-kick into the box was headed wide by Joe Oastler. Then a similar chance for Maidstone ended with Ollie Muldoon picking out Rob Swaine whose header was also off target.
But with 36 minutes gone, Maidstone took the lead. Another excellent cross field pass from Muldoon went out to the right and reached Jack Paxman this time. Paxman put the ball into the area and Richards arrived to fire the ball past the stranded Craig King.
Then with the half time break imminent, Craig Fasanmade burst into the box but Ethan Ross was quickly off his line and made the block.
There was little in the way of goalmouth action in the second half as well. On 50 minutes, a free-kick from Muldoon out on the left was only cleared as far as Richards who was lurking on the edge of the box. Richards organised his feet well to get a shot away but Craig King made a comfortable diving save.
Not long after this Oxford could have drawn level. Fleet sent a deep free-kick into the area where it was met by the unmarked Kabongo Tshimanga who was in a good position inside the six yard box only to put a weak header straight into Ross’ hands. Moments later, the ball broke loose to Josh Ashby who let fly about 35 yards from goal and his effort thudded into the stand behind Ross’ goal but this was to be the last time that the visitors went close.
Maidstone United: Jack Richards 36
Oxford City: –
Maidstone United:1. Ethan Ross, 22. Michael Phillips, 5. Will De Havilland, 25. Rob Swaine, 30. Jarvis Edobor, 28. Aryan Tajbakhsh (20. Simon Walton 88), 21. Ollie Muldoon, 10. Jack Paxman, 8. Jack Powell, 9. Elliott Romain, 23. Jack Richards (31. Tommy Fagg 76). Subs not used: 12. Josh Strizovic, 32. Charlie Dale, 33. Jake Bates.
Oxford City: 1. Craig King, 2. Eddie, Jones, 3. Ben Jefford (16. Tom Carter 35), 4. Josh Ashby, 5. Udokan Godwin-Malife, 6. Joe Oastler, 7. Craig Fasanmade, 8. Reece Fleet, 9. Kabongo Tshimanga, 10. Ben Barrett (14. Zac McEachran 59), 11. Bobson Bawling (18. Kunle Otudeko 78). Subs not used: 13. Alex Grantham, 17. John O’Donoghue.
Who was your man of the match against Oxford City?
- Jack Richards (36%, 62 Votes)
- Jarvis Edobor (11%, 18 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (9%, 15 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (7%, 12 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (7%, 12 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (7%, 12 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (6%, 11 Votes)
- Jack Powell (5%, 9 Votes)
- Ethan Ross (5%, 8 Votes)
- Aryan Tajbakhsh (2%, 4 Votes)
- Rob Swaine (2%, 3 Votes)
- Tommy Fagg (2%, 3 Votes)
- Simon Walton (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 170