Saturday 23 February 2019 // FA Trophy Quarter Final // Attendance: 2,585 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
The Stones and Stockport County will meet again on Tuesday night after an entertaining draw. This was a battling performance from Maidstone who were missing eight players through the fact that they were cup tied, injured or unwell.
Stockport started with the confidence that comes with winning nine and drawing just one of their last ten matches. Early on, Adam Thomas found Matthew Warburton and his shot went all the way across the face of goal and just wide.
It wasn’t long before County went even closer still. A free-kick from Sam Walker came to Ashley Palmer who had peeled off into the box and he headed the ball down to the arriving Darren Stephenson whose rising drive clipped the top of the bar.
However, it was the Stones who took the lead on 17 minutes. Substitute Simon Walton’s ball towards Jake Cassidy, who was on the edge of the area, was missed by Lewis Baines. Cassidy still had much to do as he took control and he did very well to move his feet so he could edge into space before curling the ball past the diving Ben Hinchliffe in the Stockport goal.
Maidstone’s advantage only lasted 12 minutes though. A corner from Walker came to Jordan Keane who knocked the ball to Warburton and he fired the ball though a crowd of players and into the net.
The Stones did not allow this goal to dent their confidence and they finished the half strongly, going close on two occasions. The first came when Walton curled the ball into Cassidy whose header was going in until Hinchliffe expertly tipped it over the bar. Then Shaun Donnellan started a neat move with an excellent tackle before sliding the ball down the line to Michael Phillips. Phillips made good progress down the right and he pulled the ball back to Cassidy whose effort took a deflection off Keane and went just wide of the post.
The initial part of the second half was very tight with no clear chances in the early stages for either side. On 62 minutes a header from Baines was looping towards goal following a corner but Cassidy easily headed the ball off the line.
Then ten minutes later, Palmer slipped gifting Maidstone an excellent chance to retake the lead as Phillips found himself with only Hinchliffe to beat only for the County keeper to save with his legs. Shortly after this, Jack Powell turned and drove the ball over from a central position about 25 yards out before Darren Stephenson went close for the home team with a thumping effort which went just wide.
As the game moved towards its later stages, the home side started to pile on the pressure. With eight minutes remaining a corner from Thomas came all the way across to the unmarked Palmer. The angle was tight for Palmer and his weak header went straight at Chris Lewington.
Stockport County: Matthew Warburton 29
Maidstone United: Jake Cassidy 17
Stockport County: 1. Ben Hinchliffe, 2. Sam Miniham, 5. Ashley Palmer, 6. Lewis Baines (15. Jake Kirby 87), 3. Scott Duxbury (12. Paul Turnbull 45), 4. Jordan Keane, 8. Sam Walker, 7. Adam Thomas, 10. Matthew Warburton, 11. Darren Stephenson, 9. Nyal Bell (16. Frank Mulhern 58). Subs not used: 13. Ian Ormson, 14. Elliot Osborne.
Maidstone United: 26. Chris Lewington, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 5. Will De Havilland (20. Simon Walton 8), 25. Rob Swaine, 16. Dan Wishart, 22. Michael Phillips, 8. Jack Powell, 6. Aron Davies, 10. Jack Paxman 18. Jake Cassidy, 9. Elliott Romain (17. Leo Donnellan 65). Subs not used: 2. Dan Merdith, 30. Jarvis Edobor, 12. Josh Strizovic.
Who was your man of the match against Stockport County?
- Jake Cassidy (48%, 46 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (11%, 10 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (9%, 9 Votes)
- Simon Walton (7%, 7 Votes)
- Aron Davies (6%, 6 Votes)
- Chris Lewington (4%, 4 Votes)
- Shaun Donnellan (2%, 2 Votes)
- Rob Swaine (2%, 2 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (2%, 2 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (2%, 2 Votes)
- Jack Powell (2%, 2 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (2%, 2 Votes)
- Leo Donnellan (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 95