Stones comeback against Forest Green Rovers

Saturday the Stones took on a strong Forest Green Rovers side placed third in the National league.

Maidstone United safe from relegation and now focusing on finishing as high up the table as possible were looking to gain something from the game.

Jay Saunders was forced to make a change to his starting eleven with Stuart Lewis unavailable due the sad death of his friend Ugo Ehiogu.

Young defensive midfielder Harry Phipps was awarded a place in the Stones starting eleven.

Phipps has featured little for the Stones this season since his move from Margate.

Maidstone United have a competitive midfield with the likes of Stuart Lewis, Reece Prestedge and Jack Paxman but Phipps has been patient and looked to grasp this opportunity.

Forest Green Rovers started strongly and took the lead after eleven minutes when Keanu Marsh-Brown cut inside and shot clinically past Lee Worgan.

Maidstone United seemed out of there depth first half and only an exceptional Lee Worgan managed to keep the score down at half time.

The first half ended Forest Green Rovers one Maidstone United nil but the Stones were not out of this contest.

Maidstone United started brightly second half, the energy and passion that had taken this Stones side safely away from relegation had returned.

With Fifty-five minutes on the clock though Rovers broke and a low cross from Dale Bennett was turned into his own net by an unlucky Kevin Lokko.

The Stones didn’t lie down, and Harry Phipps finished to provide the visitors hope.

The goal spurred on Maidstone United as both sides battled for the points.

Joe Pigott has been in excellent form and he sealed a magnificent comeback with a clinical finish to level the score after eighty-one minutes.

The Stones held out for a well-deserved point proving the gap between these two sides is not the gulf it once was.

Forest Green Rovers 2 – 2 Maidstone United

The Stones now have two games at the Gallagher Stadium welcoming champions Lincoln City and play-off contenders Tranmere Rovers.

Both games will make for interesting watching with Maidstone United looking to prove they can compete with the big top three.

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