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The Horse with no Name
Oct 27, 2003
The wilds of Kent
Maidstone v Macclesfield

Went to this game on Saturday with one of my staff. Nice stadium, good clubhouse, decent support. Three ex-shrimpers in the squads:

Macclesfield: Jack Sampson - well he's found his level. Won every header, got stuck in, but rubbish on the ground, can't control the ball - too hesitant in front of goal. 6/10

Maidstone: Jamar Loza - well he's a cult hero already- on his debut scored against a Sutton team including Nicky Bailey! and sub Bedsente Gomis!?- on this showing, he hasn't changed - hides a lot, doesnt run much, awful first touch for the majority of the game, and some decisions were baffling. But he still made two assists for Maidstones 2 goals. The first was a simple beat the man and cross across the goal. The second, a last minute wonder assist - he flicked the ball behind him and turned, beating his man for pace before putting in the most delightful cross to the far post to veteran strike Odubade to score - anyone could have scored from there. 8/10

Oh and Jack Paxman came on as a sub - he was alright, gets the ball too much under his feet to make a difference and passes sideways a lot.

Overall, a dull game until about an hour in. (Macclesfield's bald midfielder was good though, apart from the missed penalty) and Macclesfield should have been 3 up at half time except their keeper, Lee Worgan was amazing in goal. Then Jay Saunders the Stones boss, started riling up the players, the fans responded and the last 30 was real blood and thunder stuff.

Oh the final score, 2-1 to the Stones.