Tuesday 18 December 2018 // FA Trophy first round replay // Attendance: 602 (32 Woking supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
The Stones are through to the second round of the FA Trophy after an extra time victory over Woking.
Less than 60 seconds were on the clock when Aryan Tajbakhsh burst down the left. He passed to Elliott Romain who quickly got a shot away from just outside the box which Craig Ross spilled but Woking managed to clear their lines.
The visitors then went close on 13 minutes. A corner from Toby Edser came out to Max Kretzschmar who drove the ball inches over the bar.
Not long after this, Noel Leighton turned a fired the ball goalwards which Ross Worner did well to push wide. And at the other end, Romain was fouled about 20 yards out and Jack Powell’s fierce free-kick took a deflection and went just over the bar.
Then on 34 minutes the Stones took the lead. Sean Shields delivered a cross into the box and Michael Phillips’ looping header beat Ross.
Woking threatened again when a free-kick from Kretzschmar picked out Ben Gerring whose header went wide before Shields crossed for Powell who also saw a header go close. But three minutes before the break, the Cards equalised. Christian Jolley found former Maidstone player Greg Luer just outside the box and he then played it to Aaron Eyoma who created room to roll the ball past Worner.
There was still time at the end of the first half for Woking to carve out one more opportunity. Once again Luer joined up with Eyoma who was under pressure inside the box and he was denied by another good save from Worner.
The second half was only two minutes old when Maidstone re-took the lead. Powell spread the ball out to Dan Wishart who sent a low ball into the box where it dropped to Jake Cassidy who confidently dispatched a shot past Ross to register his first goal for the Stones.
Woking might have equalised relatively quickly. Edser ran down the left and found Leighton who was in a good position but he put the ball just wide of the right post.
There was then relatively little to note in terms of goalmouth action until the Cards drew level 10 minutes from time. Wheeler’s cross from the left was met by George McLennan and the ball fell nicely to Paul Hodges who lashed it into the net.
The last meaningful action of normal time saw McLennan make an important block to deflect an effort from Luer wide before both sides went close in the opening stages of extra time. First of all a long range dipping shot from Jack Paxman bounced just past the left post then Joshua Casey threaded the ball into Hodges who was inside the six yard box only for Warner to divert the ball behind for a corner.
Then with four minutes remaining, the Stones edged back in front for the fourth time in the two fixtures between the sides. A corner from Wishart came out to Shields who beat two defenders before standing the ball up for substitute Will De Havilland to nod in from close range.
Maidstone nearly scored again in the later stages. Cassidy forced Ross to parry the ball at his near post and it came out to Romain whose fierce effort was on target but Ross did well to recover and make a second excellent save. And not long after this, Romain got in down the right and Ross got a foot to the ball to concede a corner.
Maidstone United: Michael Phillips 34, Jake Cassidy 47, Will de Havilland 116
Woking: Aaron Eyoma 42, Paul Hodges 80
Maidstone United:1. Ross Worner, 18. Sean Shields, 3. George McLennan, 22. Michael Phillips, 20. Simon Walton, 10. Jack Paxman (6. Alex Finney 118), 8. Jack Powell (25. Rob Swaine 102), 28. Aryan Tajbakhsh (5. Will De Havilland 67),16. Dan Wishart, 9. Elliott Romain, 24. Jake Cassidy. Subs not used: 12. Joshua Strizovic, 30. Jarvis Edobar.
Woking: 1. Craig Ross, 2. Nathan Collier, 3. Joshua Casey, 4. Jack Cook, 5. Ben Gerring, 6. Christian Jolley, 7. Greg Luer (16. Charlie Hester-Cook 104), 8. Toby Edser, 9. Noel Leighton (14. Paul Hodges 69), 10. Max Kretzschmar, 11. Aaron Eyoma (12. Nick Wheeler 77). Subs not used: 15. Dan Spence, 18. Berti Schotteri.
Who was your man of the match against Woking?
- Sean Shields (55%, 80 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (7%, 10 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (7%, 10 Votes)
- Ross Worner (6%, 9 Votes)
- George McLennan (5%, 7 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (5%, 7 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (5%, 7 Votes)
- Simon Walton (4%, 6 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (3%, 4 Votes)
- Alex Finney (1%, 2 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jack Powell (1%, 1 Votes)
- Rob Swaine (1%, 1 Votes)
- Aryan Tajbakhsh (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 146