Saturday 24 February 2018 // National League // 2502 (309 Tranmere Rovers supporters)// Report by Ruth Tunnell
Things aren’t getting any better for Maidstone United at the moment. With just five minutes to go in this match with Tranmere Rovers the Stones were leading and looking comfortable. But then two goals inside three minutes turned this match around leaving Maidstone on the end of a third consecutive defeat.
Maidstone had a decent opportunity to take an early lead. With just seven minutes gone, Adam Buxton accidentally headed the ball into the path of Delano Sam-Yorke. Sam-Yorke wasn’t far from the edge of the box but he put his half volley wide of the target.
A while later, Jay Harris nicked the ball off Jack Paxman in midfield. Harris charged into the area but as he entered the box, he lost his balance and he put the ball behind for a goal kick.
Then with 28 minutes gone, Maidstone edged in front. Paxman was fouled and Jai Reason put the ball into the box. A cluster of Stones players went for the ball and it was Ross Lafayette’s header that came back off the bar and Alex Finney reacted quickest to ensure the ball crossed the line.
But unfortunately for the Stones a defensive error was once again to prove costly. Maidstone failed to deal with a routine ball into the box leaving Andy Cook with the simple task of scoring from close range.
However, the Stones quickly bounced back from this set back. Blair Turgott did well to surge into the box where he was tripped by Buxton. Lafayette assumed responsibility for the penalty and he rolled it into the left side of the net.
In first half stoppage time Maidstone launched a long ball forwards. Sam-Yorke was in an offside position but Turgott wasn’t and he ran into the area but a heavy touch meant the ball was never under control and his resultant shot was wild.
There was very little in the way of goalmouth action in a quiet second half until the later stages. Early on, Seth Nana Twumasi threw the ball to Lafayette who touched it into the path of Sam-Yorke. Sam-Yorke had his back to goal and his shot on the turn went wide.
It wasn’t until eight minutes from time that Tranmere threatened. A corner from the right from Jack Dunn picked out Cook but he headed over.
Then on 85 minutes Maidstone were unlucky to concede an equaliser. Dunne put the ball into the box and the unfortunate Finney turned it past Worgan.
And things were to get even worse for the Stones three minutes later. Finney went through Connor Jennings in the area and the referee, Mr Rock, pointed straight to the spot leaving Buxton to fire the ball past Worgan to give Rovers all three points.
Maidstone United: Alex Finney 28, Ross Lafayette (pen) 41
Tranmere Rovers: Andy Cook 39, Alex Finney 85 (O.G.), Adam Buxton 88 (pen)
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 2. Josh Hare, 22. Will De Havilland, 28. Dean Beckwith, 3. Alex Finney, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 14. Jai Reason 10. Jack Paxman, 19. Blair Turgott, 9. Delano Sam-Yorke, 29. Ross Lafayette. Subs not used: 4. Reece Prestedge, 13. Joe Anderson, 17. Darius Osei, 7. Jamar Loza, 11. Tom Wraight.
Tranmere Rovers: 1. Scott Davies, 2. Adam Buxton, 4. Ritchie Sutton, 33. Manny Monthe, 24. Jeff Hughes (20. Mitch Duggan 42 (7. Ben Tollitt 68)), 16. Jack Dunn, 8. Jay Harris, 15. Ollie Norburn, 11. Connor Jennings, 9. Andy Cook, 10. James Norwood (19. Andy Mangan 81). Subs not used: 22. Rhys Taylor, 27. Josh Solomon-Davies.
Who was your man of the match against Tranmere Rovers?
- Jack Paxman (49%, 71 Votes)
- Delano Sam-Yorke (16%, 23 Votes)
- Ross Lafayette (9%, 13 Votes)
- Alex Finney (9%, 13 Votes)
- Blair Turgott (6%, 9 Votes)
- Seth Nana Twumasi (6%, 9 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (2%, 3 Votes)
- Jai Reason (1%, 2 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (1%, 2 Votes)
- Josh Hare (1%, 1 Votes)
- Dean Beckwith (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 146