Walker "under no illusions" for top of the table clash
|Kentish Observer League Cup||Mike Green reports from Bourne Park|
|Tunbridge Wells||2||M Ward 5, 52|
|Two goals from Lyndon Rowland and a
third from skipper Jimmy Strouts set Maidstone United up for instant
revenge over a Tunbridge Wells side that just last weekend knocked the
Stones out of the Kent Senior Trophy, writes Mike Green.
Not that the home side had it all their own way as Wells dug in and never let Maidstone get away from them and will point to both of Rowlands goal perhaps being classed as fortunate as keeper John Whitehouse saw clearances twice rebound the striker’s way.
It was the visitors who struck first on five
minutes - Mike Ward beating Pat Mullin at his near post after the home
defence failed to clear.
Maidstone went 2-1 up four minutes after the break
when Strouts was on hand (after an anxious look over his shoulder in the
direction of the Assistant Referee) to turn the ball home after Nick
Hegley’s low drive had been brilliantly saved by Whitehouse.
What proved to be the winner came on 55 minutes
and again it was down to Rowland not giving up a lost cause!
It may “only” have been the Kent League Cup,
but it was just the fillip then that the absent Lloyd Hume would have
wanted from his side as they prepare to face leaders Beckenham on Saturday
and then Broxbourne in the Third Round of the FA Vase the following
Tunbridge Wells: Whitehouse; Brown (Balmer 45);
Hilden; Hatcher (Bourne 84); Cooper; Sinclair; El Fordi; Mortimer; Hickmott (S
Ward 67); Hassett; M Ward
United: Mullin; Lacy; Roser; Blake; Barton; Royston;
Strouts ( King 70); Tydeman; Takaloo; Rowland; Hegley. Subs: Austin;
Tunbridge Wells: Whitehouse; Brown (Balmer 45); Hilden; Hatcher (Bourne 84); Cooper; Sinclair; El Fordi; Mortimer; Hickmott (S Ward 67); Hassett; M Ward