Seems to be an unlucky ground ................
Maidstone Rangers travelled to the research centre in sittingbourne to play Rainham kenilworth on the ground they have played twice before and has been unsuccessful in getting a result . Sunday proved to be another day with yet again the curse struck .
It was a sunny but with a breeze blowing , it was cold and from the warm up it caused a slight injury to one player with a pulled muscle so Rangers was minus one player from the start.
The match kicked off with Rainham trying to dictate the game and shortly after 10 Mins , rangers found themselves 2-0 down through a couple of errors , but with rangers now accustomed to putting up a fight managed to claw one back from a cross by Rio Wade that managed to find itself go straight into the host goal.This semed to kick the team into life with some persistent running from scott rowatt and some intricate play , the ball found James Brooker to make the score line level at 2-2 before going into the break.
The second half carried on as it left off and with the ball going from end to end ,Rainham increased their lead , but the never say lay down attitude of the team produced a great goal for Tyler Nichol to score his first of the season.
The team where just starting to get into their stride when they was dealt a blow when the host managed to squeeze another goal to make the scoreline 4-3 . The determination finally paid off when the ever persistent Scott rowatt shot from the right hand box and the keeper failed to keep control of the ball and took it over the line to now make the scoreline 4-4 .
By now rangers have got the bit between the teeth and had now settled down and was going for the all important 5th goal to win the match as there was a little under 3 mins to go but ........... it was Rainham who pipped them at the post as a ball was played through the rangers defence and a shot was taken in which Andre Marjolin covered the goal by a brave dive and the ball hit the post but deflected the wrong way into the rangers goal to make the scoreline 5-4 to the host.
More or less from the restart the final whistle blew in which Rainham finally beat Rangers after suffering two losses to the team earlier in the season.
So the jinx of this ground continues but hard luck team , you done well to keep coming back and keeping the team spirit going .