Whitstable suffered a second tough game of the season, losing 3-2 to Maidstone United on Tuesday evening at the Belmont. It was again a good display that would have brought a result against some of the lesser teams. The Town started strongly and put the Maidstone defence under pressure. Whitstable had their first opportunity in the 7th minute when Damian Abel spotted Scott Heard free sending an excellent cross in only for Heard to head just wide.
Maidstone were still strong on the counter and got the reward after 14 minutes when Tim Olorunda sent in a looping shot from 25 yards which gave Robert French no chance in the Whitstable goal. On 31 minutes Town could have been level when Ian Pulman sent a rasping shot just wide. One minute later Whitstable were level when Micheal Everitt got on the end of a loose ball and raced through to fire into the near corner. Just 4 minutes before half time Maidstone went back in front when French parried a shot but it fell to Michael Phillips who fired home.
The second half started with drama when Shane Hamshare broke free in the 46th minute only to be brought down. Unfortunately Jake Beecroft hit the penalty at the keeper who made an easy save. In the 68th minute Maidstone could have gone further ahead when French saved well to push the ball round the post for a corner. Then on 72 minutes a speculative high cross was looping toward the top corner. French could only push the ball in the path of Shaun Welford to fire home Maidstone’s third.
Whitstable did not give up and could have pulled one back when James Morrish sent a long range shot which was well saved by Maidstone goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim. Town did pull one back in the 89th minute when Scott Heard was bundled over in the area. This time, Pulman stepped up to put the ball in the back of the net but it was too late and Maidstone took the three points.
Team: French, Heard, Groombridge, Everitt (C), Hare, Harvey, Beecroft, Vahid (Luchford), Pulman, Abel (Morrish ), Hamshare (Wisker)