Mens 3s v Maidstone

Match date: 09/11/19
Opposition: Maidstone
Home or away: Away
Result: 8-4
Scorers: Josh Slater (2), Andy Skipper (3), Jon McIver (1), Joseph Furzer (2)
Man/ Woman of the Match Joseph Furzer
Match Reporter Jon McIver

Another goal fest for New Beccs 3rd 11 against a Maidstone side who were better and more organised that we thought they would be. A 4pm push back on a wet and windy pitch wasn’t something for the faint hearted, but New Beccs were raring to go after a good home victory against Herne Bay the week before.

Things didn’t go entirely to plan with Maidstone taking the lead after about five minutes when some poor defensive passing lead to their wingers passing inside to a unmarked Maidstone centre forward to slot home. However Jeff Pitcher continued to roar down out right wing and after a few failed attempts put in a fine knee high cross which our overlapping CDM slotted into the bottom left hand corner – a beautiful move and a contender for goal of the season that was applauded all around the ground.

New Beccs then started to crank through the gears and completely dominate Maidstone – two goals from Andy Skipper (including a well taken and deserved penalty flick), a first New Beccs goal for Joe Furzer and a neat finish from Josh Slater made it 5-1 at half time and Maidstone appeared to be down and out. We always start badly and then get better and this match appeared to be heading for a comprehensive victory, particularly with Ed Lipscombe turning up to help out (after playing for the 2s at Ashford) at half time.

Maidstone however had different ideas and in the first 10 minutes of the second half proceeded to dominate us by rushing forward from midfield and overwhelming our defence. Two quick goals from them and some great saves from Cube made it 5-3 but the turning point came when they appeared to slot home at the left post and celebrated like banshees. Luckily the goal was correctly ruled out after an appeal by Cube and some honesty from Maidstone.
5-4 could have been fatal, but luckily we took heart from this and started attacking again. Three quick goals from Josh, Andy and Joe (who tormented their back line brilliantly all afternoon) put the game out of reach. Phil Cole played a blinder at left midfield and assisted on all 3 of these goals.

Special mention as well to Matt Smith who held the centre superbly all afternoon in spite of an ankle injury. At 8-3 we wound down a little bit and another defensive error enabled Maidstone to slot home a final goal, but this game was a majestic New Beccs team performance.

12 goals and a firework display, Maidstone hasn’t seen entertainment like this since VE Day.