Saturday 20 January 2018 // National League // Attendance: 2,133 (93 Eastleigh supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
There is still no sign of an elusive victory in the league for the Stones. After two wins in a row in cup competitions, Maidstone were reminded of how difficult life can be in the National League as Eastleigh came from 2-1 down after 79 minutes to inflict another home defeat on the Stones.
Maidstone couldn’t have wished for a better start in this match. With less than a minute gone, Eastleigh keeper Ross Fitney controlled the ball with his chest and as he went to make the clearance, he slipped. The ball ran to Johan ter Horst who was lurking near by and he kept his composure to slide a low finish into the net.
The Stones’ lead didn’t last long though. Sam Matthews struck a curling effort which was threatening to creep under the bar until Lee Worgan tipped it over. From the resultant corner, Mark Yeates played a low ball towards the edge of the box which Ayo Obileye was allowed to run onto and he drilled an unstoppable finish past Worgan.
Stuart Lewis then played an enticing ball over the top of the Eastleigh defence for ter Horst to chase. The angle was tight for ter Horst but he got a shot away which Fitney could only parry but Delano Sam-Yorke couldn’t reach the rebound.
Yeates then found himself in a bit of space down the left side of the box only for Worgan to make the block with his feet before the Stones scored again 11 minutes before the break. Worgan put the ball out to ter Horst who made good progress down the left and he played the ball inside to Jack Paxman. Paxman touched the ball onto the arriving Jai Reason who saw his effort hit the right post but Lewis reacted quickest to tuck home the rebound.
After the break, ter Horst’s deep cross came to Joe Anderson. Anderson headed the ball down to Reason who saw his half volley go high and wide. Then Lewis squeezed a pass to Paxman who was in a central position just outside the box and his rising effort just cleared the bar.
Maidstone soon went even closer. Paxman threaded the ball into ter Horst and with Fitney drawn from his line and outside of his box, ter Horst had to get a shot away quickly and he poked the ball wide.
The Stones had looked comfortable for the majority of the second half but that all changed with a mistake on 79 minutes. Seth Nana Twumasi hit a hard back pass at Worgan who had to rush his clearance and he accidentally hit it straight to substitute Ryan Broom. Broom, who had only been on the pitch for 18 minutes and was making his debut on-loan from Bristol Rovers, smashed the ball past the despairing diving Worgan.
And the turnaround was complete four minutes from time. Worgan took no chances by pushing a header from Obileye round the post and from the resultant corner, substitute Ryan Cresswell nodded the ball back across goal to the arriving Obileye who powered his header into the net.
After this, the Stones laid siege to the Eastleigh goal. Substitute Jack Richards saw his low drive parried by Fitney who then recovered quickly to tip Anderson’s attempt from the rebound onto the top of the bar.
Then right at the death, Maidstone might have been awarded a penalty. Ter Horst appeared to be tripped deep in the Eastleigh area but the referee, Mr Middleton, waved away the Stones’ vigorous protests and booked Lewis in the process as well.
Maidstone United: Johan ter Horst 1, Stuart Lewis 34
Eastleigh: Ayo Obileye 10, 86, Ryan Broom 79
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 2. Josh Hare, 5. Alex Wynter, 13. Joe Anderson, 10. Jack Paxman, 8. Stuart Lewis, 14. Jai Reason, 22. Johan ter Horst, 9. Delano Sam-Yorke, 17. Darius Osei (23. Jack Richards 86). Subs not used: 4. Reece Prestedge, 6. Magnus Okuonghae, 12. Ollie Muldoon, 27. Lorcan Healy.
Eastleigh: 13. Ross Fitney, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 15. Ayo Obileye, 22. Andrew Boyce, 7. Sam Wood, 24. Cavaghn Miley, 4. Sam Togwell, 26. Sam Matthews (12. Ryan Broom 61), 10. Mark Yeates (8. James Constable 68, 11. Chris Zebroski (6. Ryan Cresswell 76), 25. Ben Williamson. Subs not used: 23. Harvey Read, 30. Frazer Shaw.
Who was your man of the match against Eastleigh?
- Johan ter Horst (35%, 64 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (31%, 57 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (18%, 32 Votes)
- Jai Reason (4%, 7 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (3%, 6 Votes)
- Alex Wynter (2%, 4 Votes)
- Seth Nana Twumasi (2%, 4 Votes)
- Jack Richards (1%, 2 Votes)
- Delano Sam-Yorke (1%, 2 Votes)
- Josh Hare (1%, 2 Votes)
- Darius Osei (1%, 1 Votes)
- Joe Anderson (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 182