Maidstone United 2-3 Dorking Wanderers // National League South // Attendance: 1,730 (56 Dorking Wanderers supporters) // Match report by Ruth Tunnell // Saturday 21 December 2019
Despite making changes to their back line and to their goal keeper, Maidstone United’s defensive frailties once again proved costly as for the second week in a row, the Stones shipped three goals as Dorking Wanderers did the double over Maidstone.
After the Stones blew a two nil lead last week, John Still and Hakan Heyrettin opted to drop keeper Jake Cole who had been ever present this season and bring in Chris Lewington. Lewington was clearly in inspired form having been restored the starting line up, making five excellent saves in the first half.
The first of these came with just ten minutes gone. Nial McManus was allowed to move into space and create room for a shot which Lewington pushed away from goal.
As the game approached the midway point of the first half, Dorking suddenly piled the pressure on the Stones. Some neat football from the visitors saw James McShane find Tom Richards who moved to the byline and he squeezed the ball towards goal only for Maidstone to hack the ball clear. The ball came out as far as Jake Gallagher and his effort was heading in until Lewington acrobatically tipped it over the bar.
Luke Moore then sent the ball into the area where it was met by Jason Prior only for Lewington to make another fine save. But Lewington’s goalkeeping on 25 minutes was even more remarkable as he denied Barham who had volleyed the ball goalwards from relatively close range.
Seconds later, Lewington stopped a header from Prior and then he had to come to the rescue of the Stones again not long after this. Dan Wishart accidentally headed the ball to Prior who instantly got a shot away and Lewington diverted the ball over the bar.
However, Lewington was finally beaten on 35 minutes. Jake Gallagher crossed the ball into the box where Prior got a touch and Barham was on hand to tap the ball over the line from just yards out.
But Maidstone instantly responded and equalised a minute later with their first shot on target of the afternoon. Noah Chesmain delivered a cross which appeared to strike Sam Beard’s arm and before the Stones protests could get going, Ibby Akanbi arrived to lash the ball into the net.
Then on 41 minutes, the Stones broke quickly. Wishart lifted an enticing ball into space for Akanbi to chase and he knocked it round keeper Slavomir Huk before finishing from a tight angle.
Maidstone tried to sit back and defend their lead at the start of the second half as Dorking probed away and the visitors’ equaliser inevitably came on 63 minutes. Substitute Jimmy Muitt had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he fashioned room for a low drive from inside the box which flew past Lewington.
Lewington then had to punch an effort from Jake Gallagher behind before Dorking unsurprisingly took the lead on 77 minutes. A corner from Moore from the left was met by Prior and he headed the ball into the net.
Maidstone’s misery was compounded four minutes later when Luke Pennell was dismissed for a second bookable offense. Then late on, the Stones railed and put Dorking under pressure but they couldn’t force an equaliser.
Maidstone United: Ibby Akanbi 36, 41
Dorking Wanderers: Jack Barham 35, Jimmy Muitt 63, Jason Prior 77
Maidstone United:16. Chris Lewington, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 3. Luke Pennell, 6. George Elokobi, 12. Noah Chesmain, 17. Iffy Allen (14. Jake Embery 85), 4. Ross Marshall, 5. Zihni Temelci, 15. Dan Wishart, 10. Ibby Akanbi, 9. Jonny Edwards . Subs not used: 1. Jake Cole, 4. Clovis Kamdjo, 18. Jacob Gilbert, 5. Lewis Knight.
Dorking Wanderers: 1. Slavomir Huk, 2. Isaac Philpot, 3. Sam Beard, 6. Daniel Gallagher, 11. James McShane, 8. Niall McManus (16. Jimmy Muitt 61), 14. Jake Gallagher, 18. Luke Moore, 20. Tom Richards, 10. Jack Barham (12. Jerry O’Sullivan 90), 9. Jason Prior. Subs not used: 15. James Dickson, 17. Lewis Taylor, 19. Giuseppe Sole.
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Who was your man of the match against Dorking Wanderers?
Total Voters: 146