Saturday 15 December 2018 // FA Trophy first round // Attendance: 1245 (95 Maidstone United supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United’s wait for a win continues after they were held to a draw by National League South side Woking in the FA Trophy.
There was little to note early on apart from a booking for Ollie Muldoon. This was to become an issue five minutes before the break when Muldoon slid into a late tackle on Paul Hodge and received a second yellow card.
The Stones had a couple of long range efforts in the first half with the closest one coming from Jake Cassidy. But it was Ross Worner who was the busier of the two keepers. On 22 minutes Toby Edser shot through a crowd only for Worner to beat the ball away.
Then not long before the break, a free-kick from the home side was pumped into the box. Worner came off his line and was unable to stop the unmarked Noel Leighton from getting his head to the ball but Leighton’s effort glanced wide.
Woking increased the pressure on Maidstone in the second half but on 54th minute, Dan Wishart was involved down the left and the ball came into Cassidy who cut inside on the edge of the box and shot just wide of the near post.
The Stones went in front on 71 minutes. A long kick downfield from Worner was not dealt with by the Woking defence allowing Sean Shields in on goal. Shields showed good composure to go into the box and send a low finish past Craig Ross who until this point, had not had much involvement in the game.
However, just two minutes later, Worner punched a free-kick from Ben Gerring and the ball was quickly worked to Edser who fired in the equaliser.
Woking went close in stoppage time. Worner did well to deny Max Kretzschmar from close range and the ball dropped nicely to Edser who was in a similar position to where he had found the net earlier, but he put the chance wide to ensure the two teams will meet again on Tuesday night.
Woking: Toby Edser 73
Maidstone United: Sean Shields 71
Woking: 1. Craig Ross, 2. Nathan Collier, 3. Joshua Casey, 4. Jack Cook, 5. Ben Gerring, 6. Christian Jolley, 7. Paul Hodge (15. Greg Luer 82), 8. Toby Edser, 9. Noel Leighton (14. Jake Hyde 76), 10. Max Kretzschmar, 11. Aaron Eyoma (16. Nicky Wheeler 62). Subs not used: 12. Dan Spence, 18. Herbert Schotteri.
Maidstone United:1. Ross Worner, 18. Sean Shields, 3. George McLennan, 22. Michael Phillips, 20. Simon Walton, 10. Jack Paxman, 21. Ollie Muldoon, 8. Jack Powell, 16. Dan Wishart (5. Will De Havilland 69), 9. Elliott Romain (28. Aryan Tajbakhsh 60), 24. Jake Cassidy. Subs not used: 12. Joshua Strizovic, 23. Jack Richards, 6. Alex Finney.
Who was your man of the match against Woking?
- Ross Worner (27%, 26 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (20%, 19 Votes)
- Sean Shields (18%, 17 Votes)
- George McLennan (12%, 12 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (6%, 6 Votes)
- Elliot Romain (4%, 4 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (3%, 3 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (3%, 3 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (2%, 2 Votes)
- Aryan Tajbakhsh (2%, 2 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (1%, 1 Votes)
- Simon Walton (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jack Powell (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 97