Maidstone United 2 Whitstable Town 0
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Tuesday 26th February 2013
Whitstable travelled away to Maidstone on Tuesday evening and despite losing 2-0, put up a brave performance against the league leaders. It was the Town’s first opportunity to experience the new stadium.
Town got off to a good start when after six minutes Ollie Lee headed to James Everitt who shot but the ball was easily gathered by Stones keeper Deren Ibrahim. Six minutes later James Everitt had another opportunity but drilled his shot just wide. Maidstone did not have their first opportunity until the 16th minute when ex Town player Alex Brown had a long range effort that missed the target.
Maidstone then got the goal lead after 25 minutes with their next opportunity. Alex Flisher crossed to find Rory Hill who fired past debutant keeper Dean Ruddy. Ade Olorunda then could have put the hosts two up after 30 minutes but scuffed his shot past the post. Four minutes before the break Maidstone had another chance when Flisher crossed and Ade Olorunda headed over. Town carried on attacking on the counter and Jake Beecroft had a shot deflected wide for a corner on the stroke of half time.
Straight after half time Scott Heard broke free on the right but his bullet shot went past the post. Hill had Maidstone first opportunity of the half when he fired wide after 55 minutes. Two minutes later when the very quiet Stuart King had a chance which was well saved by Ruddy. However after 71 minutes the Stones put the game out of
Whitstable’s reach when Tim Olorunda pulled the ball back from the by line to find Ade Olorunda who fired home. Eight minutes later he could have scored again but sent his header straight at Ruddy. This was just after an incident that led to Lee receiving a second yellow card and reducing Town to ten men. There were few more chances in the game although Town did have two opportunities in injury time. Firstly James Everitt headed wide and then substitute Dan Hanshaw sent a shot also wide of the target.
It was a better performance from Town and they should now build on this in the next few games.
Team Ruddy, Axford (Williams 71mins), Brunt, Everitt M, Lee, Beecroft, Southall (MacKenzie 58mins), Morrish, Smissen (Hanshaw 71mins), Everitt J, Heard.