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Maidstone United goalscorer Joe Anderson fired up by Dover celebrations

By Craig Tucker

Joe Anderson was fired up to score Maidstone’s equaliser against Dover after taking exception to the visitors’ celebrations.

Anderson felt Whites overdid it in front of the Stones bench after going 1-0 and 2-1 up at the Gallagher on New Year’s Day.

The left-back had been given a rest by Jay Saunders but was sent on for the last 10 minutes after Josh Hare pulled up with cramp.

Maidstone left-back Joe Anderson Picture: Andy Payton
Maidstone left-back Joe Anderson Picture: Andy Payton

He went on to score his first Stones goal as United salvaged a draw in the last minute.

Anderson said: “They scored the first one and they charged in front of us and we thought ‘that’s a bit over the top’.

“The second one they’ve done it even more so and we were losing our heads on the bench, so it’s a bit of just rewards.

“I think Jay knew my attacking prowess, that’s why he put me on!”

Anderson may have been an unlikely scorer but the 28-year-old says he’s always had goals in him.

He said: “It’s nothing. It’s normal behaviour. I just haven’t had a chance all season.

“The last few years I’ve been scoring four or five a year.

“This was my first real chance of the season, so it’s one in one.

“It’s my first goal for Maidstone, and right in front of the big stand. I was buzzing to get it.”

Stones mob Joe Anderson after their second leveller in the final minute earns a point Picture: Andy Payton
Stones mob Joe Anderson after their second leveller in the final minute earns a point Picture: Andy Payton

Anderson hopes the late goal will trigger a change in Maidstone’s fortunes.

They’ve dropped to 12th in the National League after eight games without a win but believe they’ve played better than results suggest.

Anderson said: “I don’t think you can fault the boys.

“We’re trying hard, it’s not a lack of effort, we’re just not getting our just rewards at the minute and decisions are going against us.

“Hopefully a last-minute goal like that might change it around for us."

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