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Maidstone United 1 Solihull Moors 1 match report

Joe Pigott scored after 42 seconds but Maidstone were pegged back by Solihull Moors.

Pigott gave United a dream start with his 10th goal of the season as they set about securing a fourth National League win in a row.

But bottom side Moors, with former Cheltenham boss Mark Yates in charge for the first time, levelled through Kwane Thomas midway through the second half.

Joe Pigott Picture: Gary Browne
Joe Pigott Picture: Gary Browne

United pushed for a winner but might even have lost the game in the last 10 minutes.

The match had barely kicked off when Maidstone took the lead.

The Moors defence made a mess of a ball forward with Pigott running through and brilliantly lobbing goalkeeper Nick Townsend.

Maidstone looked good in attack - Jamar Loza on his first start of the season lively down the left and Johan ter Horst a regular target on the right - as Jay Saunders’ side looked to build on their early lead.

There were a couple of big chances in the first half, both falling to ter Horst.

First, he raced on to Loza’s deflected through ball and rounded Townsend only to see his shot hit the bar.

Moments later, Pigott charged down a clearance and squared across the six-yard box but this time Townsend made a good save.

What would have been a wonderful goal was chalked off just before the half-hour, Pigott meeting Joe Anderson’s cross full on the volley only for the linesman’s flag to cut short celebrations.

Solihull cleared their heads after the early goal but offered little in attack, Shepherd Murombedzi’s shot from the edge of the area comfortably held by Lee Worgan.

Moors were certainly more of a threat at the start of the second half.

Worgan parried Darren Carter’s swerving shot with Thomas sending the loose ball over the top under pressure from the Stones captain.

Then, shortly after Alex Wynter was forced off with an eye injury, Worgan made a brilliant reaction save from Murombedzi in a busy area.

For United, Stuart Lewis’ effort was well saved, Pigott’s free-kick missed by inches and Loza fired just over after a lovely move through midfield.

But seconds after that Loza chance the ball was in the net at the other end as Moors levelled in the 64th minute.

Substitute Akwasi Asante - he scored a hat-trick here last season - saw his shot saved by Worgan but Thomas tapped home the rebound.

Maidstone’s immediate response was good and only a wonderful save from Townsend stopped them going straight back in front after ter Horst squared for Pigott.

Stones introduced Zavon Hines and he almost restored the lead after a swift break, led by Reason, skinning his man down the left but missing the far corner.

Solihull were looking content for a point but caused a scare at the other end with Lewis hacking Fiacre Kellaher’s strike off the line.

Maidstone: Worgan, Twumasi, Anderson, Wynter (Okuonghae 51mins), Finney, Lewis, Prestedge, Reason, ter Horst (Hines 71mins), Pigott, Loza. Subs not used: Hare, McCorkell, Phipps.

Attendance: 2,463 (29 away).

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