Cards and Stones need to do it all over again. 16th December 2018

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16th December 2018

                                       Woking  1      Maidstone United       1

                                   The Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round

                               Saturday 16th December 2018

                                    Attendance: 1,245

                               Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium


In form Woking and Maidstone United will have to try again after Toby Edser’s effort cancelled out Sean Shield’s strike for the National League strugglers

On a bitterly cold and very wet afternoon in Surrey, with the game played in torrential rain on a slippery surface, chances were few and far between. Woking-who came into the game on the back of seven consecutive victories in all competitions- created the first real chance following good work from recent loan signing from Derby Aaron Eyoma. The winger sent in a ball to Edser who tested Stones keeper and former Card Ross Worner, but the Maidstone stopper was alert to punch the ball away. Ben Gerring sent a header wide from a Max Kretzschmar free kick for the hosts who looked the more likely to break the dead lock.

The Stones were reduced to ten men shortly before the break when Ollie Muldoon- who had already been booked after just five minutes- received a second yellow after a late tackle on Paul Hodges.

With the rain getting heavier and the wind stronger Woking continued on the front foot at the start of the second half, but it was the Stones who carved out their first  chance of the game when Sean Shields sent a shot a whisker away.

With a treacherous pitch and the weather deteriating, Maidstone broke the deadlock following a horrendous mix up at the back from Woking that saw  Shields breakaway to calmly slot the ball past Craig Ross. The Stones joy was short lived as Woking equalized shortly afterwards when a Kretzschmar free kick was parried away, the ball was half cleared to Toby Edser who sent a low shot past Worner.

With a replay looming, Edser almost won it for the Cards, but his effort went into the side netting.

Woking Manager Alan Dowson said “ A good footballing game, I thought both defences where on top, when they went down to ten men they made it difficult for us”

Maidstone Assistant Manager Tristan Lewis had no complaints about the Red Card.” A little bit of Naivety from Ollie, who started the game really well”

Nicky Wheeler in action. Credit: David Holmes
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