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Maidstone United 1-1 Welling United
Maidstone United 1-1 Welling United

Having failed to make the most of their first half chances, Maidstone United were forced to settle for a point against a dogged Welling United on Easter Monday.

For the first half an hour, the Stones were all over Welling, but being only one goal to the good proved costly.

Lamar Reynolds was given a start following his Good Friday hat-trick after coming on as a substitute. However, he failed to convert when Matt Rush gave him a clear sight of goal. Rush was then sent clean through but Reece Charles-Cook made a brilliant save to tip it onto the inside of the post and out.

Although it was hacked away it was only a short lived reprieve for the Wings as Sam Corne delivered from the left and George Fowler rose to head it home.

Another good chance fell to Reynolds, but Charles-Cook made another stunning save. It came out to Corne and his deflected shot again struck the post. Two Corne corners then picked out Reiss Greenidge but on both occasions he headed wide.

Rod Stringer, the Welling manager, reacted by taking off Joe Ellul and bringing on David Amoo, changing the shape to try and arrest the pressure. Almost immediately, Welling had their first effort when Antony Papadopoulos drilled an effort past the post.

Jephte Tanga created another chance for Rush but his powerful drive was well saved by Charles-Cook before he shot wide after Matt Bentley created the opportunity. Corne sent over another corner that was returned to him. He crossed to the far post where Greenidge headed over.

Bentley had another effort saved from Jephte Tanga’s cross before Welling gave a warning to the hosts just before half time when Jason Adigun found Reece Grant who spun and shot low towards the corner where Lucas Covolan made a good save.

After the half time break, the two sides were far more evenly matched as the Stones found Welling difficult to break down. Stringer’s side had a better share of the possession without having a cutting edge. The Welling manager again reacted, bringing Jack Munns on for his Welling debut. 

Bivesh Gurung shot wide for Maidstone before Stringer made his final change with Adam Roscrow introduced to the action. George Elokabi responded with Muhammadu Faal coming on.

One minute later, Welling levelled. A loose clearance fell into the path of Munns and his sweet strike flew low inside the far post.

Elokabi reacted by further freshening his front three with Watford loanee Michael Adu-Poku replacing Bentley. Rush found space with a clever turn but his shot was tame and dribbled wide.

At the other end Adigun pulled back to Amoo who attempted a scissor kick volley but it flew the wrong side of the near post.  

Neither side created another clear cut chance, although Sam Bone fired well wide for the hosts, and the points were shared.

Maidstone United: Covolan, Tanga, Ezennolim (Brown 85), Gurung, Fowler, Bone, Corne, Greenidge, Reynolds (Faal 71), Rush, Bentley (Adu-Poku 74).

Subs not used: Earle, Appiah.

Goalscorers: Fowler (4)

Yellow cards: None

Welling United: Charles-Cook, Johnson, Green, Byrd, Ellul (Amoo 24). Di Trolio, Adigun, A. Grant (Munns 63), R. Grant (Roscrow 70), Kennedy, Papadopoulos.

Subs not used: Lema, Burchell. 

Goalscorers: Munns (72)

Yellow cards: Green, Munns, Watson

Referee: Daniel Barnes

Assistants: Joe Burgess and Reece Pinchback

Attendance: 2,757

Pictures supplied by Dave Budden.