Saturday 3 February 2018 // Buildbase FA Trophy Round 3 // Attendance: 1,186 (28 Gateshead supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United are still in the draw for the next round of the FA Trophy after a 90th minute equaliser from Jai Reason earned the Stones a long trip to Gatehead for the replay on Tuesday night.
It was the Heed who looked more dangerous early on. With just four minutes played, Danny Johnson hit a low shot from about 20 yards out which Lee Worgan had to parry.
But Maidstone soon threatened themselves. Jack Paxman crossed for Andre Coker and Coker’s slight header dropped just wide of the right post.
Gateshead then went even closer. Paddy McLaughlin found Rees Greenwood, who was making his debut for the Heed having been released by Sunderland, and Greenwood’s rising drive from 25 yards smashed into the bar.
As the half progressed, the Stones started to find their feet in the match. A spell of possession ended with Jamar Loza receiving the ball and he moved into a central position before lifting the ball over the bar.
Then just past the half hour mark, a clearance from Lee Worgan was cut out by Greenwood. Greenwood quickly found Johnson who ran forwards before electing for an early shot but he was denied by a superb save by Worgan who flung himself to his right.
The Stones began to up the tempo early in the second half. They kept the ball well not long before the hour mark and Coker made room for a low drive that deflected inches wide of the right post.
But moments after this, Maidstone took the lead. Loza came in off the left wing, beat two Gateshead defenders and thumped a fine finish past James Montgomery.
The Stones looked comfortable at this point but their lead didn’t last long. An excellent cross from Scott Barrow came to substitute Lewis McNall. McNall had been on the pitch for only three minutes and his header goalwards was accidentally helped into the net by Alex Wynter.
Maidstone felt they might have had a penalty when Magnus Okuonghae was pulled back inside the area but the referee, Mr Hulme, was unimpressed with the appeals. Gateshead then brought on substitute Jordan Preston. Preston’s first touch was to hit a low effort which fizzed just wide.
And with eight minutes remaining, the Heed went in front. Once again a substitution for Gateshead proved important as the ball came into substitute Richard Peniket and his curling shot took a deflection off Josh Hare as it flew past the despairing dive of Worgan.
The Stones didn’t give up though and in stoppage time, they drew level. Substitute Johan ter Horst did well out on the right and he found Reason who was in a central position just outside the box and his half volley took a deflection as it went past Montgomery and into the back of the net.
Buoyed by the equaliser, Maidstone went in search of a winner but they nearly paid for their haste in the final seconds. Worgan’s quickly taken goal kick went straight to Gateshead and it was worked to McNall who only had Worgan to beat and he should have scored but he was denied by an outstanding save from the Maidstone keeper.
Maidstone United: Jamar Loza 59, Jai Reason 90
Gateshead: Lewis McNall 72, Richard Peniket 82
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi (22. Johan ter Horst 87), 2. Josh Hare, 6. Magnus Okuonghae, 5. Alex Wynter, 13. Joe Anderson, 8. Stuart Lewis, 10. Jack Paxman (9. Delano Sam-Yorke 45), 14. Jai Reason, 7. Jamar Loza, 35. Andre Coker (17. Darius Osei 87). Subs not used: 4. Reece Prestedge, 12. Ollie Muldoon.
Gateshead: 1. James Montgomery 3. Scott Barrow, 4. Fraser Kerr, 5. Neill Byrne, 6. Jamal Fyfield, 7. Wes York, 13. Paddy McLaughlin, 16. Russell Penn, 27. Rees McLaughlin (11. Jordan Preston 79), 9. Danny Johnson (19. Lewis McNall 69), 10. Jordan Burrow (8. Richard Peniket 69). Subs not used: 25. Iain MacLeod, 26. Callum Williams.
Who was your man of the match against Gateshead?
- Andre Coker (27%, 44 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (19%, 31 Votes)
- Jamar Loza (12%, 19 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (10%, 17 Votes)
- Jai Reason (10%, 17 Votes)
- Delano Sam-Yorke (8%, 13 Votes)
- Alex Wynter (3%, 5 Votes)
- Seth Nana Twumasi (3%, 5 Votes)
- Joe Anderson (2%, 4 Votes)
- Magnus Okuonghae (2%, 3 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (1%, 2 Votes)
- Josh Hare (1%, 2 Votes)
- Johan ter Horst (0%, 0 Votes)
- Darius Osei (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 162