Saturday 17 November 2018 // National League // Attendance: 2,626 (362 Wrexham supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
The Stones are still searching for their first home win in the league since they beat Barrow back in August but they did extend their unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions as they held top of the table Wrexham to a draw at the Gallagher Stadium.
On 18 minutes Mike Fondop spun away from Will De Havilland. He then laid the ball back into the path of Rekeil Pyke who struck the ball goalwards but Alex Finney got across and made the block.
James Jennings then curled a free-kick from just outside the box over the bar before Wrexham could have taken the lead on 32 minutes. Luke Summerfield’s free-kick from a similar position to where Jack Powell scored against Macclesfield last week, appeared to be heading inside the left post only for Shaun Pearson to accidentally make a clearance from close range.
As the interval approached, Maidstone finally gave the Wrexham defence some concerns. A corner from Jack Paxman eventually came to Simon Walton who lofted the ball towards the goal. Rob Lainton in the Red Dragons goal was unsighted due to the presence of Blair Turgott but Lainton just managed to react in time to claw the ball away.
On 44 minutes, Jake Cassidy pulled an inviting ball back. Turgott was waiting to meet it but Walton nipped in and his shot on the turn screwed wide. And not long after the break, Rekeil Pyke picked up possession about 20 yards out. He came inside and into space before trying to place the ball past Grant Smith and into the far side of the net but the ball went just wide.
Then with 65 minutes gone, the deadlock was broken. Cassidy’s cross from the right was only cleared as far as Walton who was about 25 yards out and he leathered a superb half volley past the stranded Lainton.
But it wasn’t long before Wrexham were level. Substitute Brad Walker had only been on the pitch three minutes when he struck a speculative 30 yard drive which took a huge deflection off the unfortunate Rob Swaine and with Smith already committed, having dived to his right, the ball rolled past him into an unguarded net.
Moments later, Walker went close again with another effort from distance. Then late on, Cassidy and Elliott Romain did well to win the ball. Romain had to wait for support to arrive which it did from substitute Olu Durojaiye and his low shot from 25 yards went wide of the left post.
Maidstone United: Simon Walton 65
Wrexham: Brad Walker 72
Maidstone United: 1. Grant Smith, 22. Michael Phillips (25. Rob Swaine 55), 6. Alex Finney, 5. Will De Havilland, 3. George McLennan, 20. Simon Walton, 8. Jack Powell (21. Ollie Muldoon 90), 10. Jack Paxman (17. Olu Durojaiye 85), 11. Blair Turgott, 9. Elliott Romain, 24. Jake Cassidy. Subs not used:12. Joshua Strizovic, 28. Aryan Tajbakhsh.
Wrexham:18. Rob Lainton, 2. Kevin Roberts, 3. James Jennings, 5. Shaun Pearson, 7. Luke Summerfield, 8. Luke Young, 9. Mike Fondop (23. Stuart Beavon 88), 11. Rekeil Pyke, 14. Paul Rutherford (15. Jordan Maguire-Drew 66), 20. Akil Wright (16. Brad Walker 69), 30. Jake Lawlor.Subs not used: 1. Christian Dibble, 13. Mark Carrington.
Who was your man of the match against Wrexham?
- Elliott Romain (30%, 59 Votes)
- George McLennan (18%, 35 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (17%, 33 Votes)
- Simon Walton (13%, 26 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (7%, 14 Votes)
- Alex Finney (3%, 6 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (3%, 6 Votes)
- Blair Turgott (3%, 5 Votes)
- Jack Powell (2%, 3 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (2%, 3 Votes)
- Rob Swaine (1%, 2 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (1%, 2 Votes)
- Grant Smith (1%, 1 Votes)
- Olu Durojaiye (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 195