M6s vs Maidstone – 2nd Nov 13

Old Bordenian 3 – 5 Maidstone 

 

Still no league win, but spirit remains strong.  The OBs were rocked backwards when Maidstone scored twice within the first three minutes and looked like adding to their tally. However the OBs dug deep and gradually played themselves back into the game, with Kev Cracknell forcing two saves before Dave Meaning’s well positioned run allowed him to slot home from the far post. The visitors, now playing with greater assurance, equalized when leading scorer Pat Ruane hammered home from a short corner. A well balanced and pacey Maidstone side raised the tempo again scoring twice more before half-time

 

A very open second half, saw the ball move from end to end, but with the OBs defending stoutly and stand in keeper Jamie Henley taking no prisoners, Maidstone were limited to a single goal and this included a penalty flick save.

 

At  the other end the OBs were creating their own scoring opportunities, with Stirling Campbell and Marcus Shipley driving forward on the right and Di Wellman and Dave Meaning seeking to open the defence, it seemed that Terry Bollard or Kev Cracknell would add to their tally, but it took a long time to get reward for their pressure before Wellman played in Cracknell to slot home. The OBs continued to press and looked like they had scored again, when a Ruane  pile-driver, which looked a definite goal, was unfortunately diverted away from goal, by Cracknell’s cross goal run.

 

Although the OBs tasted defeat again, the overall performance of the team was good and the spirit remains high. Another pleasing aspect was another fine composed performance from young Sam O’Brien

 

 

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