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Maidstone United: Match Report

Posted by Matt Howitt
Posted on Sat 28 Apr 2018
Posted in Match Report

FC Halifax Town rued a late penalty miss as they drew 0-0 away to Maidstone in their final league game of the season.

There was very little to separate the two sides in the first half, with both sides struggling to create much in the way of clear chances.

The Shaymen looked dangerous on the left flank with Kosylo and Hanley looking to combine but the final ball just struggling to come off for Town.

Oliver struck the first effort of the game as he let fly from distance but it could only find the chest of Lee Worgan in the Maidstone goal.

Matty Kosylo’s effort would’ve easily been crowned goal of the season had his fully volley dipped in but nevertheless it flew harmlessly over the bar.

Up the other end, Maidstone had their first effort of the afternoon saved by Sam Johnson as Tom Wraight’s header was tipped brilliantly over the bar.

Our number one was called into action not long later, to produce an even better save to deny Wraight once more.

The Maidstone winger nearly curled a peach of a free kick into the top corner but a fine diving save from Johnson to his left kept the scores level.

Fondop-Talom nearly caught out Worgan in the dying moments of the first half, however fortunately for the keeper, the forward’s looping header landed on the roof of the net.

The teams went into the break level with all to play for in the second period.

McManus nearly opened the scoring as he latched onto a delightful free kick from Oliver and headed towards goal but could only find Worgan with his effort.

The Shaymen looked dangerous on the counter once more with Tomlinson proving effective on the near side, often beating his opposite number for pace.

He skipped past Anderson before drilling a low ball into the direction of Fondop-Talom but a good challenge from Finney kept the scores even.

There was little to get excited about for the majority of the second half until the final ten minutes.

Kosylo, Thomson and Fondop-Talom combined brilliantly on the counter, with the former going to ground in the box and the referee had no choice but to award a penalty.

Confident as always, Fondop-Talom stepped up to take in what could be his final game in a Shaymen shirt before he returns to Guiseley.

However unfortunately for him, his strong effort was saved well by Worgan down to his left, squandering a huge chance to take the lead.

This seemed to trigger a frantic end to this frankly underwhelming game, as Reason went straight up the other end and laid off Lewis on the edge of the box. He sliced his effort way wide but somehow still found the head of Loza who could only head into the body of Johnson.

Just moments later Johnson was called into action once more, as Paxman’s delightful ball was brought down by Wraight who only had Johnson to beat but the keeper made himself huge to deny the winger in the dying moments.

The Shaymen just about managed to hang on for a point although debatably should be walking away with all three.

However, a point away from home is not a disastrous way to end the season and it keeps the Shaymen above Maidstone now the season has come to a close.

Maidstone United: 1 Lee Worgan, 2 Josh Hare, 3 Alex Finney, 8 Stuart Lewis (c), 11 Tom Wraight, 13 Joe Anderson, 14 Jai Reason, 16 Seth Nana Twumasi, 19 Blair Turgott (23 Jack Richards 81), 35 Andre Coker (7 Jamar Loza 65) 37 Michael Phillips (10 Jack Paxman 57)

Subs: 4 Reece Prestedge,17 Darius Osei

FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 39 Michael Duckworth, 31 Niall Maher, 11 Scott McManus, 32 Raheem Hanley, 22 Michael Collins (c), 10 Connor Oliver, 14 Ben Tomlinson, 20 Jake Hibbs (23 Connor Thomson 81), 7 Matty Kosylo, 33 Mike Fondop-Talom

Subs: 13 Tom Nicholson, 24 Jacob Hanson, 4 Martin Riley  29 Shiraz Khan

Goals: None

Yellow Cards: Turgott 45, Tomlinson 45, Reason 78

Red Cards: None

Attendance: 2832

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