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Maidstone United 1-2 Kingstonian
Big Mac Winner

Injuries have prevented Gary MacDonald from having the impact he would have hoped for so far in his Ks career, but he has now won four points for the club; for the second time this season, he scored in the very last minute to secure a valuable away win for Ks.

Having taken a first half lead, Ks looked comfortable for much of the game. However, as has often been the case this season, they were unable to either extend or protect their lead, and after conceding an equaliser, relied on MacDonald's heroics to salvage a win.

With the Ks squad stretched to its limits, Bobby Taynor's illness necessitated a change of formation. Back came the 3-4-3 variant that beat Canvey Island at home, with Sam Clayton and debutant Antonio Gonnella providing wide support to the lone Allan Tait up front.

Despite the tactical switch though, Ks looked comfortable once they had weathered a couple of early chances for Danny Lye and Adrian Stone. Gonnella provided some creativity and technique that Ks have been lacking in the final third, and his ability to switch flanks with Clayton also bothered the home side.

A set piece won on 20 minutes fell to Joe Dolan, but goalkeeper Andy Walker impressively denied him his second Ks goal (and first while playing for them) by repelling his close-range volley.

Saunders came close from distance but Ks took the lead on 34 minutes. Gonnella crossed from the right and Clayton seemed to have an age in the penalty area to control the ball, wait for Walker to commit himself and then fire low into the corner before celebrating with the fans.

A great through ball from Matt Gray just three minutes later gave Gonnella the chance to double the advantage but he fired well wide of Walker's goal. Ks' final chance of the half was blocked by Adam Thompson, who was unable to get out the way of Tom Bird's drive after a half-cleared corner.

Madistone brought the dangerous Danny Hockton on at half-time and the move nearly reaped immediate dividends but his shot was deflected over. Lye also fired over, while Gonnella missed another golden opportunity to seal the game for Ks, chipping over on the turn after Walker lost an overhit Gray long ball.

Ks came under increasing pressure though, and after somehow scrambling away a 70th minute corner, allowed an equaliser in the 78th minute. Hockton was as unmarked from a Maidstone cross as Clayton had been for the Ks goal and his looping header crossed the line despite Thompson's valiant attempt to clear off the line.

Both sides had chances to win in the last ten minutes. Tolfrey saved well from Hockton, Joe Vines headed narrowly wide of his own post and Walker looked unconvincing in punching a Bird strike clear.

The winner came four minutes into stoppage time in simple fashion; MacDonald rose highest from a corner and headed powerfully between Walker and the defender on the line to give Ks three valuable points.

Tue 25th Jan 2011
The Homelands (Ashford Town FC)
Isthmian League Premier
Maidstone United1
Clayton, MacDonald
1Rob Tolfrey
2Dean Hamlin
3Tom Bird
4Adam ThompsonCautioned
5Joe Dolan
6Gary MacDonald
7Matt Gray
8Allan Tait
9Sam Clayton
10Simon Huckle
11Antonio Gonnella15
12Max Hustwick
14Reece Jones
15Ivailo Dimitrov11
16Lee Hall
17Nic Taylor
Match Report By
Simon Grier