Saturday 9 February 2019 // National League // Attendance: 2,033 (35 AFC Fylde supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Despite a decent point against high flying AFC Fylde, the Stones remain deep in relegation trouble at the bottom end of the National League table after a game which saw both sides score own goals.
The first half was quiet and the Stones didn’t test Jay Lynch at all. Having said that, AFC Fylde didn’t create that much either although they did edge ahead in fortunate circumstances after 28 minutes.
Before that, early on, the ball came into Ash Hemmings close to the edge of the area. Hemmings appeared to be an offside position but no flag was forthcoming and Hemmings curled the ball just over the bar.
Hemmings was to get another chance on 23 minutes. This time his effort from just outside the box went wide of the right post. Then moments later, Dan Bradley struck the ball goalwards. It looked as though the ball was going to fly in but Dion-Curtis Henry did well to tip the ball onto the bar and then get the rebound clear as Hemmings looked to pounce.
Fylde were to have more luck soon after this though. Bradley’s cross from the right was unfortunately turned into his own net by Aron Davies who was sliding in. There was a delay as the referee, Mr Brook, consulted with the assistant referee, Abi Marriott who had her flag raised, but in the end the goal was awarded.
But an hour gone, the Stones were the benefits of another own goal. Good work from Dan Wishart saw him nip in to nick a loose ball off Hemmings and he ran powered forward before releasing Jake Robinson. Robinson’s low shot looked to be on target and the unfortunate Daniel Philliskirk accidentally made sure it went into the net.
Drawing level gave Maidstone confidence but it wasn’t long before the visitors troubled Henry again. AFC Fylde’s leading scorer Danny Rowe received the ball about 35 yards from goal and his drive was pushed wide by Henry.
Then on 73 minutes, the Stones were just inches from going ahead. Ollie Muldoon curled a free-kick into the area where it was met by substitute Jake Robinson and his header looked to be going in until Lynch made a fabulous save and clawed it onto the post.
The game was becoming a bit scrappy by this point but there was the odd burst in action. With eight minutes remaining, Rowe teased the Maidstone defence before laying the ball back to Phillishirk who rolled it into the path of Bradley and his rising effort thumped just wide.
Maidstone United: Daniel Philliskirk 60 (O.G.)
AFC Fylde: Aron Davies 28 (O.G.)
Maidstone United: 1. Dion-Curtis Henry, 2. Dan Meredith (19. Jake Robinson 49), 5. Will De Havilland, 6. Aron Davies, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 16. Dan Wishart, 21. Ollie Muldoon (10. Jack Paxman 85), 20. Simon Walton, 22. Michael Phillips, 8. Jack Powell (28. Aryan Tajbakhsh 90), 18. Jake Cassidy. Subs not used: 9. Elliott Romain, 26. Chris Lewington.
AFC Fylde: 1. Jay Lynch, 18. Timi Odusina, 4. Neill Byrne, 5. Jordan Tunnicliffe, 3. Zaine Francis-Angol, 8. Ryan Croasdale, 14. Ash Hemmings (30. Alex Reid 83), 10. Daniel Philliskirk, 15. Dan Bradley, 27. Nick Haughton (29. Lewis Walters 65), 9. Danny Rowe. Subs not used: 6. Andy Bond, 11. Tom Crawford, 20. Serhat Tasdemir.
Who was your man of the match against AFC Fylde?
- Aron Davies (31%, 75 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (25%, 60 Votes)
- Dion-Curtis Henry (18%, 44 Votes)
- Simon Walton (5%, 12 Votes)
- Jack Powell (5%, 12 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (4%, 10 Votes)
- Jake Robinson (4%, 10 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (2%, 6 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (2%, 5 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (1%, 3 Votes)
- Shaun Donnellan (1%, 2 Votes)
- Dan Meridith (0%, 1 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (0%, 1 Votes)
- Aryan Tajbakhsh (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 241