Saturday 17 December // Vanarama National League // Attendance: 2,006 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
The Stones now find themselves in a relegation battle after they slipped to their seventh defeat at home against fellow strugglers North Ferriby United who are beginning to gain ground on the teams above them after recording back to back wins for the first time this season.
Maidstone thought that they had got their afternoon off to a decent start as with three minutes they had the ball in the net. Jamar Loza put a low cross into Yemi Odubade and he finished from close range only to be denied by an offside flag. Odubade unfortunately would go onto get first half hat-trick of offside ‘goals.’
But with 16 minutes played, the deadlock was broken by the visitors. Reece Thompson beat Tom Mills down the right and he crossed for Kyle Wootton who headed the ball into the right hand side of the net.
Maidstone went close to a quick equaliser. Mills chipped the ball forwards into the returning Vas Karagiannis and he did well to pull the ball back to Odubade. Odubade’s shot was blocked and the ball dropped to Jamar Loza who saw his effort crash off the underside of the bar.
Jack Evans then drew a save from Rory Watson as he got on the end of a Loza cross before Loza himself went close. The Maidstone forward hung onto possession just outside the area before hitting a fierce effort which flew inches wide of the left hand post.
Then on 24 minutes, Loza found Karagiannis who put in a deep cross towards the back post. Jamie Coyle dived to head the ball and although he was close to goal he somehow headed wide when it initially appeared that he had scored.
This was to prove to be a costly as on 38 minutes, North Ferriby extended their lead. Callum Drive conceded a free-kick just outside the box and Stephen Brogan’s drilled effort into the wall was adjudged to have struck Coyle’s arm. The referee, Mr Brook, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Brogan duly sent the ball past the diving Lee Worgan.
But with an hour goal, the Stones gave themselves a chance of getting something out of the match. Substitute Jack Paxman’s cross was blocked but Maidstone kept pushing and Yemi Odubade won the ball back and found Paxman again who by this point was almost on the by-line. Paxman then dribbled the ball towards goal before flicking it in from close range.
Unsurprisingly this lifted the Stones and they started to put North Ferriby under pressure as they went in search of an equaliser. Loza went on a positive run down the left before passing to Karagiannis who curled the ball over and then Anthony Achaempong’s header found the side netting after he connected with deep free-kick from Karagiannis.
North Ferriby nearly reminded Maidstone that they were still a threat when the ball came to Kyle Wootton who was in space inside the box but he dragged the ball wide. And shortly after this, the Stones had two good opportunities to drawi level. The first occasion saw a cross-shot from Loza beaten away from goal by Watson after a nice move from the Stones and then Paxman got in down the left and found himself with only Watson to beat but the keeper blocked his shot.
Maidstone United: Jack Paxman 60
North Ferriby: Kyle Wootton 16, Stephen Brogan 38 (pen)
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 2. Callum Driver, 15. Anthony Achaempong, 4. Jamie Coyle, 3. Tom Mills, 7. Vas Karagiannis, 6. James Rogers (8. Dan Sweeney 73), 12. Jack Evans (10. Jack Paxman 45), 16. Bobby-Joe Taylor (11. Alex Flisher 45), 23. Yemi Odubade, 25. Jamar Loza. Subs not used: 5. Kevin Lokko, 17. Ben Greenhalgh.
North Ferriby: 1. Rory Watson, 2. Sam Topliss (8. Curtis Bateson 77), 15. Ben Middleton, 12. Taron Hare, 5. Mark Gray, 3. Stephen Brogan, 7. Jack Sutton, 18. Ross Armstrong, 6. Danny Emerton, 24. Kyle Wootton, 25. Reece Thompson (14. Ryan Fallowfield 77). Subs not used: 10. Ryan Kendall, 20. Jake Skelton, 17. Darryn Stamp.
Who was your man of the match against North Ferriby United?
- Vas Karagiannis (39%, 63 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (17%, 27 Votes)
- Jamar Loza (15%, 25 Votes)
- Tom Mills (6%, 9 Votes)
- Yemi Odubade (4%, 7 Votes)
- Jack Evans (4%, 6 Votes)
- Callum Driver (4%, 6 Votes)
- Dan Sweeney (4%, 6 Votes)
- Alex Flisher (3%, 5 Votes)
- Jamie Coyle (2%, 3 Votes)
- Bobby-Joe Taylor (1%, 2 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (1%, 2 Votes)
- Anthony Acheampong (1%, 1 Votes)
- James Rogers (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 162