Saturday 9 March 2019 // National League //Attendance 1,901 (76 Havant and Waterlooville supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
For the first time since 18 August 2018, Maidstone United were victorious in the league at the Gallagher Stadium as goals from Jake Embery and Jack Powell gave the Stones a faint glimmer of hope as they look to avoid relegation.
The Stones looked far more confident than in recent weeks with Embery looking particularly assured making his full debut for Maidstone. With seven minutes gone, Embery went on a decent little run out on the right and came inside before hitting a shot which deflected just wide.
Not long after this Michael Phillips won the ball in midfield. He turned and passed to Blair Turgott who was close to the edge of the box and his deflected effort had Ben Dudzinksi diving across his goal as the ball went past the left post.
Jack Powell then curled a delightful ball over the top for Turgott to chase. Turgott took a heavy touch as he went into the box and he unselfishly tried to pick out Embery only for the Havant defence to get the ball away.
The visitors then had a couple of half chances with Hassan Jalloh and Wesley Fogden both hitting their shots straight at Chris Lewington before Maidstone went close. Will De Havilland and Lewington got in each other’s way as they both went for a ball into the box but Powell managed to rescue the situation and at the same time, he played a lovely ball forward for Embery. Embery carried the ball into the area, despite being under pressure from two defenders, only to find the side netting.
But Embery was to have more luck on 33 minutes. Fogden gifted the ball to Turgott in midfield and the Maidstone forward played the ball into Embery who beat the offside trap and then lifted a delightful finish over Dudzinski.
Turgott and Embery combined again not long before half time. Embery’s drive was blocked and it came back out to Elliott Romain who side footed the ball straight at Dudzinski.
Then on 42 minutes, Phillips played the ball so Powell could chase it. Powell might have been offside as he gained possession and he still had much to do but he ran forward and into the box before dispatching a neat finish past Dudzinski.
There was still time for Havant to threaten during the first half. Alfie Rutherford carved out room for a curling effort but Lewington threw himself to his right to beat the ball away.
The second half was a lot less eventful and there wasn’t much to note other than Havant put the ball in the net through Rutherford but the offside flag was raised before the ball even fell to Rutherford. For the Stones, Turgott went on one of his characteristic runs down the left and he tried to pull the ball back to Phillips but Havant were aware of the danger and made the block.
With the game in its later stages, there was a lengthy delay as Maidstone lost Aron Davies to what appeared to be a knee injury. Then Turgott got in again down the left and this time Dudzinski did well to divert his low drive away from goal
Maidstone United: Jake Embery 33, Jack Powell 42
Havant and Waterlooville: –
Maidstone United: 26. Chris Lewington, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 5. Will De Havilland, 25. Rob Swaine, 16. Dan Wishart, 8. Jack Powell, 6. Aron Davies (21. Ollie Muldoon 80), 22. Michael Phillips, 9. Elliott Romain, 15. Jake Embery (24. Josh Taylor 69), 11. Blair Turgott. Subs not used: 17. Leo Donnellan 2. Dan Merdith, 1. Dion-Curtis Henry.
Havant and Waterlooville: 21. Ben Dudzinski, 2. Dan Strugnell, 17. Jordan Rose, 25. Tyler Cordner, 5. Ryan Woodford (14. Michael Carter 84), 7. Wesley Fogden, 16. Andreas Robinson, 8. Theo Lewis (27, Chris Paul 63), 10. Joe Quigley, 20. Alfie Rutherford, 29. Hassan Jalloh (9. Matt Pattison 63). Subs not used: 6. Edward Harris, 18. Ibra Sekajja.
Who was your man of the match against Havant & Waterlooville
- Jake Embery (56%, 115 Votes)
- Jack Powell (16%, 32 Votes)
- Rob Swaine (8%, 16 Votes)
- Blair Turgott (6%, 13 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (4%, 8 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (3%, 6 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (3%, 6 Votes)
- Aron Davies (2%, 5 Votes)
- Chris Lewington (1%, 3 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (0%, 1 Votes)
- Shaun Donnellan (0%, 0 Votes)
- Josh Taylor (0%, 0 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 205