Saturday 14 October // Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round // Attendance: 1,495 (217 Enfield Town supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
It was a tale of three penalties and two stoppage time goals at the end of each half at the Gallagher Stadium as Enfield Town came within seconds of causing one of the shocks of the round in the FA Cup.
Had the Stones converted their early penalty this match might have had a different result but Enfield battled hard and will no doubt feel utterly disappointed to have conceded five minutes into additional time at the end of the match.
The Stones had an excellent chance to take control of the match with just two minutes gone. Dan Rumens shoved over Delano Sam-Yorke inside the box and the referee, Mr Cartmel, had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Zavon Hines assumed responsibility for the penalty but he stopped his run up and feinted to shoot before rolling the ball past Joe Wright in the Enfield goal and Mr Cartmel, awarded an indirect free-kick to Enfield.
Maidstone dominated possession after this before the visitors took the lead on 20 minutes. Montell Moore played the ball down the line to Mickey Parcell who put a cross into the area where it was met by the unmarked Simon Thomas who headed the ball into right side of the net.
The Stones then went close when Joe Anderson chipped the ball into Sam-Yorke who managed to get his head to the ball and his effort was going in until Wright tipped it over the bar. And not long after this, Sam-Yorke passed to Jack Paxman who was inside a crowded box and he curled the ball wide of the right hand post.
With 38 minutes gone, Maidstone got a second penalty. This time Stuart Lewis was brought down by Ryan Blackman and Hines took the spot kick only for Wright to make a good save by flinging himself to his right.
But the Stones finally got themselves level in stoppage time. Seth Nana Twumasi crossed from the right and Alex Wynter’s glancing header went in off the left post. And seconds later, Lewis drew another fine stop from Wright who managed to push his shot away from goal.
Maidstone started to stretch Enfield early in the second half as they found more space going forwards. Hines fed Sam-Yorke whose low drive came back off the far post and Darren Purse put the ball behind for a corner.
But the direction of the match changed sharply when the visitors were awarded a penalty on 57 minutes. Ollie Muldoon apparently tripped Sam Youngs inside the box and Purse confidently sent Lee Worgan the wrong way from the spot.
After this, the Stones found it almost impossible to unlock the Enfield defence. Maidstone did create a couple of opportunities with substitute Johan ter Horst seeing a header held and Lewis volleying over from just outside the box but just as it seemed that the Stones were going out, they levelled five minutes into stoppage time. Jamar Loza did well to make room for a shot which came back off the right post and Joe Pigott reacted quickly to slam the ball in from close range.
Maidstone United: Alex Wynter 45, Joe Pigott 90 + 5
Enfield: Simon Thomas 20, Darren Purse (pen) 57
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 3. Alex Finney, 5. Alex Wynter, 13. Joe Anderson, 10. Jack Paxman (14. Jai Reason 76), 8. Stuart Lewis, 12. Ollie Muldoon, 27. Zavon Hines (7. Jamar Loza 65), 9. Delano Sam-Yorke (22. Johan ter Horst 73), 32. Joe Pigott. Subs not used: 2. Josh Hare, 4. Reece Prestedge, 23. Jack Richards, 11. Tom Wraight.
Enfield Town: 1. Joe Wright, 2. Mickey Parcell (16. John Kyriacou 73), 3. Dan Rumens, 4. Darren Purse, 5. Taylor McKenzie, 6. Adam Martin, 7. Ryan Blackman, 8. Sam Youngs, 9. Montell Moore (15. Ryan Blake 73), 10. Simon Thomas (14. Ben Ward-Cochrane 85), 11. Aaron Greene. Subs not used: 12. Rob Bartley, 17. Drew Roberts, 18. Jack Hockney, 19. George Beattie.