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Johan ter Horst is off and running at Maidstone United

By Craig Tucker

Maidstone striker Johan ter Horst is finally making friends in the best way he knows how.

Ter Horst had to wait for his Stones debut after signing from Hull while he completed his recovery from shoulder surgery.

But he scored his first goal for his new club in just his second substitute appearance, a classy run and finish in the 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool.

Johan ter Horst scores his first Maidstone goal up at Hartlepool Picture: Steve Terrell
Johan ter Horst scores his first Maidstone goal up at Hartlepool Picture: Steve Terrell

It came too late to change the game but it was a nice moment for the 22-year-old whose only previous goals in men’s football came in the Ryman League at Folkestone three years ago.

Ter Horst said: “It’s hard when you join a new team.

"The best way to make friends is on the pitch and I missed out on that to start with but the lads have been great, including me and stuff, and it’s great to be out there and scoring again.

“It is nice to get my first goal it’s bittersweet because we lost the game.

“We didn’t play particularly well and we didn’t get the three points but personally it’s good to be off the mark and great to be back scoring after a fairly difficult few months.”

Johan ter Horst runs at the Hartlepool defence Picture: Steve Terrell
Johan ter Horst runs at the Hartlepool defence Picture: Steve Terrell

Ter Horst was restricted to academy and under-23s football during his three seasons at Hull.

The National League is a different animal but he’s up for the challenge.

He said: “I’ve had a little taster. You can tell it’s more physical so you’ve got to have your wits about you and you can’t be pulling out of challenges.

“I think I’ve been lucky coming on at the end of games when defenders are knackered.

“If I were to start a game I’d have to be a bit more at it because I’d imagine the tempo is a bit more fierce but I’m looking forward to that, whenever it may be.”

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