Saturday 11 November // National League // Attendance: 1,799 (234 Maidstone United fans) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
An excellent free-kick from Joe Pigott and some fine goal keeping from Lee Worgan gave Maidstone United their seventh consecutive away win as the Stones edged past a determined Torquay side.
Stones boss Jay Saunders said after this match that Pigott has been working on his finishing in training recently and his dedication paid dividends as on 32 minutes, he curled the ball past Vincent Dorel. And Dorel will probably feel hard done by as the Torquay keeper only had one other save to make in a match that the Gulls would probably feel that they should have got at least a point from.
The first half was a largely scrappy affair. Torquay’s Michee Efete went on a promising run early on for the home side but he was eventually stropped inside the Maidstone area and then Stuart Lewis burst into the box at the other end only for Josh Gowling to make a block and concede a corner.
But on 22 minutes, the Gulls nearly broke the deadlock. Maidstone couldn’t clear their lines following a Torquay free-kick and the ball came to Efete who saw his first shot well stopped by Worgan’s feet and then Efete curled his second effort towards goal but Worgan made another fine save by this time flinging himself to his right.
Then just past the half an hour mark, the Stones edged in front. Pigott was tripped just outside the box and the Maidstone striker picked himself up to send a delightful free-kick into the left hand side of the net before setting off to celebrate with his now customary knee slide.
Not long before the break Reece Prestedge tried unsuccessfully to stop Luke Young gaining possession. Young then slipped the ball into Jamie Reid who was in a good position inside the area, but Reid clearly felt rushed and he shot straight at Worgan.
Torquay made a double substitution at half time and they quickly put Maidstone under concerted pressure. There was a goalmouth scramble after Worgan couldn’t quite punch the ball clear but Worgan came to Maidstone’s rescue when he managed to get his arm up to stop the home side from scoring.
Shortly after this, substitute Jennison Myrie-Williams got in down the right hand side of the box. His low drive was on target and once again, Worgan stuck out a foot to make the save.
Worgan continued to star for Maidstone as he was called into action again on 67 minutes. Torquay broke quickly following a corner and Myrie-Williams put Josh McQuoid in on goal. Worgan timed his run to perfection as he came charging off his line and somehow, he blocked McQuoid’s blasted effort.
There was a brief moment of respite for the Stones when Prestedge picked up possession about 25 yards from goal. Prestedge went for a low drive and Dorel dived to parry the ball.
Torquay continued to press but despite putting multiple balls into the box they couldn’t force an equaliser and Maidstone nearly rubbed salt into the Gulls’ wounds late on. Substitute Jamar Loza carried the ball forwards for the Stones and as he cut inside, his shot from the edge of the area flashed just wide.
Torquay United: –
Maidstone United: Joe Pigott 31
Torquay United: 30. Vincent Dorel, 2. Michee Efete, 3. Liam Davis, 5. Sean McGinty, 6. Josh Gowling, 8. Luke Young, 12. Callum Evans (4. Damon Lathrope 45), 13. Josh McQuoid (10. Ruairi Keating 78), 16. Jazzi Barnum Bobb, 19. Jamie Reid, 24. George Dowling (27. Jennison Myrie-Williams 45). Subs not used: 1. Ryan Clarke, 18. Yan Klukowski.
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 3. Alex Finney, 5. Alex Wynter, 13. Joe Anderson, 4. Reece Prestedge, 8. Stuart Lewis, 12. Ollie Muldoon (7. Jamar Loza 60), 14. Jai Reason, 27. Zavon Hines (2. Josh Hare 87), 32. Joe Pigott. Subs not used: 6. Magnus Okuonghae, 21. Harry Phipps, 22. Johan ter Horst
Who was your man of the match against Torquay United?
- Lee Worgan (82%, 150 Votes)
- Joe Pigott (11%, 21 Votes)
- Alex Finney (2%, 4 Votes)
- Stuart Lewis (2%, 3 Votes)
- Reece Prestedge (1%, 2 Votes)
- Alex Wynter (1%, 2 Votes)
- Josh Hare (1%, 1 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jai Reason (0%, 0 Votes)
- Seth Nana Twumasi (0%, 0 Votes)
- Zavon Hines (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jamar Loza (0%, 0 Votes)
- Joe Anderson (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 184