Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Corinthian-Casuals vs Maidstone

A very one sided game at St Georges fields that was never really a contest finished 3-1 to the visitors. Title challengers Maidstone started the better team and took the lead on 8 minutes, after a horrific defensive error from a Casuals player, in which he tried to clear the ball but miskicked, giving Ian Draycott a clear opportunity that he did not miss. Despite their large number of fans, Maidstone were constantly out sung by the vociferous home fans, who never gave up hope. Maidstone went on to hit the bar before half time and go into the break without the home side having a shot on target. The scoreline at half-time was kind on Casuals, especially considering that Maidstone had missed an open goal minutes before the break. The second half started the way the first had ended, with Maidstone well on top. They extended their lead to 2-0 on 50 minutes thanks to a well taken goal by Alex Flisher and after missing many good chances finally sealed the game 7 minutes later, due to a Shaun Welford header. To their credit though, Corinthian didn’t collapse and concede more goals and even had the time to pull one back when a perfectly weighted through ball found Steve Goddard, who just about managed to squeeze his shot underneath the keeper. Despite this goal, there was never a threat of a comeback and Maidstone saw the game off with ease and should really have added a fourth when Casuals defender slipped, allowing a Maidstone striker a free run on goal, but he put his shot wide. The game finished with the home supporters in good spirits despite their loss.

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