Saturday 6 January 2018 // National League // Attendance: 1,874 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
For the fourth game in a row Maidstone United came away from a game with a point as they took part in a thrilling 4-4 draw at the Laithwaite Community Stadium. Neither defence will emerge with a huge amount of credit from this match but it was a thoroughly entertaining affair which at times was played at an unbelievable pace.
The tone for what was could be described as questionable decisions from the officials was set early on. With just seven minutes gone, Jai Reason headed the ball into Joe Pigott. Pigott then slipped an inviting pass into Delano Sam-Yorke who was brought down by goalkeeper Nathan Baxter. Sam-Yorke might have only just been in the box but Baxter was booked for the offence and from the resultant free-kick, awarded a couple of yards outside the area, Pigott put the ball high and wide.
The game started to open up and Jason Banton curled the ball into the box where it was met by Charlie Carter. Carter stabbed the ball goalwards and Lee Worgan did well to tip it over the bar.
Then on 21 minutes, Woking took the lead with a strange goal. Kane Ferdinand appeared to be in an offside position when he received the ball on the left side of the box. Ferdinand himself might have felt he was offside judging by his finish as with the Stones’ defence stationary, he flicked the ball over Worgan and into the far side of the net.
Woking’s slender advantage was quickly cancelled out though. Alex Wynter put the ball up to Pigott who knocked it down to Jamar Loza and he sent it over to Stuart Lewis who took a touch before firing in his first of the season via a deflection off Josh Staunton.
The play was constantly swinging from end to end and 11 minutes before the break, Inih Effiong received the ball just outside the box. Effiong spotted the opportunity for the shot and he drilled a low finish into the net.
But once again, Woking were not in front for long. A ball from Joe Anderson had travelled all the way across the six yard box without getting a touch and it came to Seth Nana Twumasi out on the right. Twumasi came into the box and was tripped by Jason Banton. Jai Reason assumed responsibility for the spot kick and he confidently dispatched it past Baxter.
Then 60 seconds later, the Stones took the lead for the first time in the match. Tom Wraight put a delightful ball down the left to Pigott who expertly held off Richard Orlu before chipping a sumptuous finish over Baxter.
The interval didn’t interrupt the flow of this match and on 50 minutes, Effiong appeared to commit a number of fouls on Twumasi out on the Woking left. Surprisingly no free-kick was forthcoming and Effiong was allowed to find Carter in the area who lashed in a fine finish.
But just three minutes later, the Stones won a corner. Reason took it short and it came to Lewis. Lewis saw his first shot blocked but from the second, he found the back of the net.
Then on the hour, Woking equalised once again. This time Jason Banton found himself in space about 20 yards out and he drove a low effort past Worgan.
After this, the pace of what had been a frenetic game dropped slightly although it was the home side who looked the more likely to nick a winner. Sam-Yorke and Twumasi got in each other’s way just in side their half which allowed Ward to find Jonny Edwards. Edwards, who was making his Woking debut after joining on-loan from Hull City, found himself in a good position inside the box but he was denied by a great block from Alex Wynter.
Substitute Reece Prestedge then played the ball down the line to substitute Johan ter Horst. Ter Horst sent an inviting cross through the six yard box but no one could get on the end of it for the Stones.
Late on, Ward curled a free-kick onto the roof of the net before Woking came within inches of grabbing a winner five minutes into stoppage time. Ward played the ball into substitute Fabio Saraiva who was close to the near post and his flicked effort went all the way across goal before going just wide.
Woking: Kane Ferdinand 21, Inih Effiong 34, Charlie Carter 50, Jason Banton 60
Maidstone United: Stuart Lewis 25, 53, Jai Reason 41 (pen), Joe Pigott 42,
Woking : 1. Nathan Baxter, 21. Matt Young, 6. Richard Orlu, 5. Josh Staunton, 2. Louis Ramsay, 4. Joey Jones, 22. Kane Ferdinand, 23. Joe Ward, 12. Charlie Carter (14. Fabio Saraiva 84), 10. Jason Banton (29. Jonny Edwards 70), 9. Inih Effiong. Subs not used: 17. Declan Appau, 24. Lazar Stojsavljevic, 30. Jojo Wollacott.
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 6. Magnus Okuonghae, 5. Alex Wynter, 13. Joe Anderson, 14. Jai Reason, 8. Stuart Lewis, 11. Tom Wraight (21. Johan ter Horst 78), 7. Jamar Loza (4. Reece Prestedge 68), 9. Delano Sam-Yorke, 32. Joe Pigott. Subs not used: 12. Oliver Muldoon, 2. Josh Hare, 10. Jack Paxman
Who was your man of the match against Woking?
- Stuart Lewis (69%, 91 Votes)
- Joe Pigott (9%, 12 Votes)
- Seth nana Twumasi (6%, 8 Votes)
- Tom Wraight (5%, 6 Votes)
- Jai Reason (3%, 4 Votes)
- Johan ter Horst (2%, 3 Votes)
- Alex Wynter (2%, 3 Votes)
- Joe Anderson (2%, 2 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (2%, 2 Votes)
- Jamar Loza (1%, 1 Votes)
- Delano Sam-Yorke (0%, 0 Votes)
- Magnus Okuonghae (0%, 0 Votes)
- Reece Prestedge (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 132