Thursday 01st September 2005
Maidstone soak up pressure before pouncing
Maidstone United 4-0 Lordswood
Saturday 27 December 2003
Go Travel Kent League Premier Division
by Darrell Harman
Lordswood gave two debuts to Kevin Brown (Greenwich Borough) and Ronan O'Conner (local football) on a wet and windy day at Bourne Park.
After only six minutes Gary Peck passed to Glen Barlow who ran on and from the edge of the penalty area his chip was finger tipped onto the post by Kevin Hudson before being cleared by the home side.
After 18 minutes a Lordswood attack broke down and Richard Sinden put Simon Austin in and raced clear from the half way line and into the penalty area but goalkeeper Paul Piggott saved the shot with his legs.
Just before the half hour mark, Austin fired a shot from 30 yards over the bar but Maidstone took the lead after 30 minutes.
A free kick found the unmarked Ross Edwards and his cross picked out Nick Davis whose looping header beat Piggott.
Maidstone doubled their lead in the 39th minute when former Lordswood player, Danny Kedwell on the left passed to Elliot Bradbrook who reached the by-line and his low cross found Sinden who turned to score from six yards.
Lordswood came out for the second half with more purpose and in the first 25 minutes of the half dominated possession without causing experienced goalkeeper Hudson any problems.
Maidstone had sporadic raids in the meantime, and one chance Lordswood created in the 59th minute saw Sam Colyer try his luck from 25 yards and Hudson was forced to tip the shot over his bar.
Maidstone increased their lead in the 76th minute when another Lordswood attack broke down and in a counter attack Sinden on halfway threaded the ball through to Lyndon Rowland.  The striker, recently signed from Dr Martens League Eastern Division outfit, Tonbridge Angels, went into the penalty area and slotted past Piggott.
Seven minutes later, Neil Davey fed Sinden who scored from an acute angle to give the Stones a deserved victory.
Lordswood: Piggott, Crust, Thorburn (Day 83), Peck, Gissing (Pearce 71), Colyer, Freeman (Overton 75), Brown, O'Conner, Barlow, Dodsworth.  Sub: Clements