MATCH REPORT | Maidstone United 1-1 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 17 Nov 2018

A game that was decided by two of only a few shots that either side could muster during the 90 minutes.

Simon Walton put the home side in front from about 30-yards and then substitute Brad Walker repeated the feat from even further out, although with the aid of a deflection off home defender Rob Swaine.

Wrexham dominated much of the first 45 minutes, although without managing to worry the home keeper too often.

It did take18 minutes before Mike Fondop found space on the left to pull the ball back for Rekeil Pyke in the middle, whose well struck effort was blocked by the Stones defence.

The game’s first booking came on 27 minutes, as midfielder Simon Walton clipped the heels of Fondop, as the striker passed him 25-yards from goal. James Jennings took the kick, but the ball carried over the home cross bar.

A minute later and good work from Fondop and Akil Wright on the left, saw a low cross from the latter and Pyke’s first-time effort was well blocked by Grant Smith in the home goal.

On the half hour mark, right back Michael Phillips was booked for jumping in on Wright, as the midfielder advanced down our left-hand touchline.

From the Summerfield free kick to the near post where Pearson reacted quickest, but instead of touching the ball home from a yard out, the Wrexham skipper actually cleared the ball up field.

Young then joined the flurry of yellow cards on 36 minutes, for checking an attacker’s run on the half way line, as the home side threatened a breakaway.

From a United corner on 38 minutes, the ball was only half cleared and allowed Walton a little space to lift his effort over the ranks of players in front of him and forced Rob Lainton into a save.

The half time whistle sounded, and Sam Ricketts will have been the happier of the two managers after the opening 45 minutes, as the teams returned to the dressing rooms for a few words of encouragement.

Luke Young

Four minutes in to the second half and Pyke curled a shot just wide of the right hand upright.

On 55 minutes, Phillips was replaced by Swaine for home side.

A little sequence of Maidstone pressure did pin the Reds back just before the hour, but when the ball ran kindly for Alex Finney 20-yards from goal, he couldn’t make proper contact and dragged his effort several yards wide.

The Stones found a route to goal on 65 minutes, when Walton picked up a headed clearance and from 30-yards fired a fierce shot into the net, with Lainton diving to his right but unable to get there in time.

Always the danger, when you enjoy plenty of possession but fail to make it count at the other end.

Before the game could restart, Jordan Maguire-Drew was sent on for Paul Rutherford and a few minutes later Brad Walker replaced Wright.

With their tails up, it took a brave block by Kevin Roberts to make sure that a Stones shot from just inside the Wrexham box never found its target.

The introduction of the on-loan Crewe man paid dividends on 71 minutes, as Walker’s long-range shot took a deflection of Swaine, wrong-footing Smith, as the ball went past him for the equaliser.

Following a United corner on 81 minutes, Walton will have had visions of a second goal as the ball fell to him on the edge of the box, but this time his accuracy deserted him and the visitors survived.

Fondop gave way to Stuart Beavon for the final few minutes of the game, but even with four minutes of added time there were no more goals.

Maidstone United: Smith, McLennan, De Havilland, Finney, Powell (Muldoon 90), Romain, Paxman (Durojaiye 85), Turgott, Walton, Phillips (Swaine 55), Cassidy.
Subs: Strizovic, Tajbakhsh.

Wrexham: Lainton, Roberts, Lawlor, Pearson, Jennings, Summerfield, Young, Wright (Walker 69), Rutherford (Maguire-Drew 66), Fondop (Beavon 88), Pyke.
Subs: Dibble, Carrington.

Referee: Lloyd Wood (Essex)
Attendance: 2,626
Away: 262

Bookings -
Maidstone:
Walton (27, foul), Phillips, (30, foul)
Wrexham: Young (36, foul)

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