Maldon & Tiptree FC: Maldon Cause Another Upset

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7th Sep 2021 | Local Sport

Maldon & Tiptree gave Kingstonian, one league higher than them, a Halloween to forget as they dumped them out of the FA Trophy.

Two more goals for the in-form Shomari Barnwell (pictured) and a second goal of the season for Hamza Kaid, ensured the Jammers ghosted past Kingstonian and in to the next round on what was a very wet October afternoon.

Match Report:

Manager Wayne Brown named exactly the same starting eleven that triumphed over Tilbury on Tuesday night, whilst Kojo Awotwi returned to the Jammers squad following his return to the club and started on the substitutes bench.

After already dispatching two teams for higher divisions this season in Braintree Town and Haringey Borough respectively, Wayne Brown's men appeared in the mood to produce another cup-upset from the start on an extremely damp surface. The Jammers dominated possession in the early exchanges and looked to regain possession as quickly as possible. Hamza Kaid almost opened the scoring for the home side, however his invented flick was cleared off the line by a visiting defender.

With seventeen minutes on the clock, the Jammers were rewarded for the positive start. Midfielder Sam Cornish whipped in a delightful cross from wide on the left hand side of the pitch in to the penalty area. In-form striker Shomari Barnwell (pictured) was able to expertly hold off his defender, before planting a header back across goal and in to the back of the net, with K's goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey unable to prevent the header from hitting the back of his net.

The visitors almost responded immediately, however an impressive block from the ever-reliable Martyn Stokes ensured his side kept their lead in tact. Unfortunately, Alfie Mason was replaced after just twenty minutes due to an injury. He was replaced by Rhamar Garrett-Douglas.

Twelve minutes after his first goal, Barnwell produced an even better to score his second of the match. As Garrett-Douglas broke down the right hand side of the field, the visiting defence could not prevent his superb cross from reaching Barnwell, who unleashed a powerful header in to the corner of the net. Kingstonian were shell-shocked as they struggled to maintain possession of the football. With just thirty minutes on the clock, visiting Manager Hayden Bird made a rare first-half, double substitution in what was a clear effort to rejuvenate his side who found themselves two goals behind.

After a dominant first half, you could have argued that the Jammers should have been further ahead at the break watched on by ex-Jammer, Jorome Slew, however Brown's boys settled for a two-nil lead knowing the next goal in the contest was likely to be crucial.

Half-time: Maldon & Tiptree 2-0 Kingstonian

With the words of manager Bird ringing in their eyes, the visitors began the second half in a completely different fashion to how they performed in the first half. The opening exchanges of the half resulted in the Jammers penned in to their own half and under intense pressure.

However, Kingstonian struggled to create a clear goal scoring opportunity for the first ten minutes as the home defence continued to remain solid. That said, with sixty minutes on the clock, the away side reduced the deficit to just the one goal as substitute Corie Andrews smashed home from close range, after goalkeeper Ben McNamara made a smart diving save. With the Jammers remaining under pressure, Wayne Brown introduced Awotwi for his second Jammers debut, as he replaced Aaron Williams-Bushell.

Just like they have done on numerous occasions this season, the Jammers seemed to be stepping up to the task though, as they began to regain possession again and resumed creating chances. A smart flick from Scott Kemp required saving by Tolfrey, before Barnwell had a chance for his hat-trick but he bent his effort straight in to the arms of the grateful Tolfrey. With just nineteen minutes remaining, the home side restored their two-goal lead and had the tenacious Hamza Kaid to thank. A sloppy back pass to the Goalkeeper Tolfrey caught the attention of Kaid who immediately pressured the K's shot-stopper in to criminal mistake. As Kaid tackled Tolfrey, he won the ball with relative ease and then smashed the ball home in to the back of an empty next for his second goal of the season - a well deserved one at that!

Three minutes after he extending his side's lead, Kaid was on the receiving end of a horrendous and dangerous tackle from Kingstonian substitute Simon Cooper. The Referee was in a superb position to observe the tackle and without hesitation rightly handed Cooper a red card and an early shower. The side from the division above had it all to do now, with a man less and trailing by two goals. With less than ten minutes on the clock, Maldon almost had a fourth, however Scott Kemp's effort rebounded off the woodwork to leave Kingstonian in with a slim chance.

What was a slim chance soon became a big chance, as Corie Andrews broke down the side of the Maldon defence with only the on-rushing McNamara to beat. Andrews dribbled around McNamara with great composure and rolled the ball in to the back of the net for his second goal of the afternoon. The visitors had three minutes to find an equaliser to force a penalty shoot-out.

With four minutes of additional time allocated, the visitors knew they probably only had one more chance to level the game. That chance did arrive and it fell to the dangerous Elliot Buchanan, however his effort was expertly saved by the foot of McNamara to ensure the Jammers produced another cup-upset and progressed to the next round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Full-time: Maldon & Tiptree 3-2 Kingstonian


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