Saturday 9 September // Vanarama National League // Attendance: 2,527// Report by Ruth Tunnell
For the first time this season, both Delano Sam-Yorke and Joe Pigott got on the scoresheet in the same match as the Stones maintained their unbeaten home record with a comfortable victory over Woking.
After last week’s disappointing display against Hartlepool, Jay Saunders made a couple of changes with Johan ter Horst and Reece Prestedge coming into the starting line up. And Prestedge particularly impressed with a hard working performance that allowed Maidstone the freedom to get forwards on a regular basis.
The Stones came close to taking the lead with just one minute played. Nathan Ralph couldn’t get the ball clear allowing Zavon Hines to hit a first time effort which had Nathan Baxter diving to his left to make the save. Baxter struggled to hold onto the ball but just managed to do so as Sam-Yorke waited to pounce.
Maidstone enjoyed a decent amount of possession in the early stages but Woking suddenly came to life with 14 minutes gone. Chez Isaac’s corner from the left picked out the unmarked Josh Staunton only for Joe Anderson to head the ball off the line. Then when the ball came back in, Jason Banton’s weak shot through a crowd of players hit the right post before Anderson made the clearance.
The Stones continued to look lively when going forwards and it wasn’t long before they carved out another opportunity. Stuart Lewis chipped the ball into Sam-Yorke who played the ball back out to Josh Hare and his cross was headed over by Joe Pigott.
Then with 34 minutes gone, Maidstone took the lead. Johan ter Horst squared the ball to Pigott whose effort was blocked and when the ball broke, Hines was on hand to lash a deflected finish into the net.
And the Stones could have gone in at the break even further ahead. With the game in first half stoppage time, the ball came to ter Horst who took a couple of touches before hitting a low drive from the edge of the box which Baxter may have got his finger tips to as it struck his left hand post.
The second half was a tight affair but Maidstone pulled further ahead on 67 minutes. Stuart Lewis put the ball into substitute Jai Reason who held the ball up well inside the area and he waited to find the arriving Sam-Yorke who placed a delightful low finish into the bottom of the net.
But before the Stones could get comfortable with their lead, they were pegged back by the visitors. Substitute Jamie Philpott crossed from the right and as Maidstone struggled to get the ball clear, Joe Ward was on hand to volley past Worgan.
There wasn’t time for nerves to set into the Maidstone faithful though as five minutes later, the Stones scored again. Hines did well to accelerate to cut out Ward’s attempted pass to Matt Young and Hines kept his composure to square his pass to Pigott who bundled the ball past Baxter.
After this, Woking didn’t significantly threaten again and it was the Stones would could have added to their tally. With ten minutes remaining, Reece Prestedge found himself with time and space about 30 yards from goal and he hit a low shot which Baxter did well to push away from goal. Then late on, Hines went on a surging run and tried to find Sam-Yorke who was inside the six yard box but he couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet and Woking managed to get the ball clear.
Maidstone United: Zavon Hines 34, Delano Sam-Yorke 67, Joe Pigott 77
Woking: Joe Ward 72
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 2. Josh Hare, 6. Magnus Okuonghae, 5. Alex Wynter, 13. Joe Anderson, 4. Reece Prestedge, 8. Stuart Lewis, 22. Johan ter Horst (14. Jai Reason 59), 27. Zavon Hines (23. Jack Richards 85), 9.Delano Sam-Yorke, 32. Joe Pigott (10. Jack Paxman 81). Subs not used: 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 3. Alex Finney.
Woking: 1. Nathan Baxter, 21. Matt Young, 5. Josh Staunton, 15. Jordan Wynter, 3. Nathan Ralph, 8. Chez Issaac (20. Jamie Philpot 68), 22. Kane Ferdinand, 23. Joe Ward, 12. Charlie Carter (11. Regan Charles-Cook 57), 10. Jason Banton (7. Bobson Bawling 65), 9. Inih Effiong. Subs not used: 2. Louis Ramsay, 18. Sam Mason.
Who was your man of the match against Woking?
- Reece Prestedge (31%, 110 Votes)
- Zavon Hines (21%, 74 Votes)
- Delano Sam-Yorke (20%, 70 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (8%, 27 Votes)
- Joe Pigott (6%, 23 Votes)
- Johan ter Horst (5%, 17 Votes)
- Alex Wynter (3%, 10 Votes)
- Josh Hare (2%, 7 Votes)
- Jai Reason (1%, 5 Votes)
- Jack Richards (1%, 4 Votes)
- Joe Anderson (1%, 3 Votes)
- Magnus Okuonghae (1%, 3 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (0%, 1 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 355