Saturday 6 September // Ryman League Premier Division // Attendance: 652 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
The Stones’ blistering start to the new season shows no signs of slowing down. After defeating Canvey Island and AFC Hornchurch in recent matches, Maidstone turned their attentions to thrashing Enfield Town to chalk up their eighth win in nine matches.
This was another comfortable afternoon for the Stones with Lee Worgan in the Maidstone goal enjoying a quiet spell in between the posts yet again. The closest Enfield came in the first half was when Tyler Campbell made progress down the left hand side before picking out Corey Whitley and he curled the ball wide of the right hand post.
As the half wore on, Maidstone started to settle down and they opened the scoring with 15 minutes on the clock. Enfield were unable to clear their lines and when the ball came out to Dean Pooley out on the right he sent over a cross which took a deflection and reached Alex Flisher. Flisher showed why he is one of Maidstone’s best players in the air as he continued his excellent run up front by demonstrating good technique to head in his third goal in as many games.
Flisher then had an excellent chance to add to his tally as the game approached the half an hour mark. Tom Mills put in Flisher in and with Nathan McDonald drawn from his line, Flisher ignored Ben Greenhalgh to his right and elected for an early shot which went just wide of the right hand post.
Maidstone continued to look the more likely of the two sides to score and with 37 minutes played, they went close again. Matt Bodkin was fouled in midfield and Greenhalgh pumped the free-kick into the box. McDonald came to try and claim the ball but he was beaten to it by Jack Parkinson whose header looped over the keeper and dropped wide.
The Stones then killed off any hopes Enfield had of getting back into the match with two quick goals at the start of the second half. With 46 minutes gone, the home side stood off as Matt Bodkin roamed forward and McDonald was left stranded as Bodkin sent a low shot past him into the net. Then shortly afterwards, Frannie Collin did well down the right hand side and he pulled the ball back into the middle of the box where it was diverted in by James Rogers.
Maidstone were perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty when Rogers accidentally hit the ball into Sonny Miles’ arm and just after this, Enfield were reduced to ten men. Jack Parkinson received the ball in midfield and he was caught by a bad challenge from Nathan Livings which led to the Town midfielder seeing red.
Not long past the hour, Michael Kalu got past Steve Watt, who had been booked for his reaction to Livings’ tackle, and he picked out Whitley. The Enfield striker was in a good position inside the box and his fierce swerving effort just cleared the bar
Flisher then had a similar opportunity for the Stones but like Whitley, he couldn’t hit the target before Collin went close to getting on the score sheet. Greenhalgh was brought down about 25 yards from goal and Collin’s free-kick looked to be creeping in under the bar only for McDonald to get a vital touch and tip it over the bar.
However, with 13 minutes left, McDonald was beaten again. This time a long throw from Flisher reached the middle of the box and with the Enfield keeper off his line, Watt headed the ball down and into an unguarded net.
As the game entered its final moments, Worgan had to make a diving save to deny substitute Jamie Richards before Richards went close again when he skipped past a couple of challenges and hit a rising drive which thumped into the stand behind the goal.
Then with 90 minutes on the clock, substitute Ashley Miller hit a great ball over to Collin. The Maidstone striker twisted and turned to create room for a shot with substitute Jay May waiting alongside him and Collin was unfortunate to see his effort go just past the far post.
Enfield Town: –
Maidstone United: Alex Flisher 15, Matt Bodkin 46, James Rogers 50, Steve Watt 77
Enfield Town: Nathan McDonald, Jordan Lockey, Phil Kane, Ryan Doyle, Mark Kirby, Stanley Muguo (Mitch Hahn 90), Tyler Campbell (Jamie Richards 67), Nathan Livings, Liam Hope (Bradley Quinton 62), Corey Whitley, Michael Kalu. Subs not used: Jamie Smyth, Theo Jones,.
Maidstone United: Lee Worgan, Dean Pooley, Tom Mills, Steve Watt, Sonny Miles, James Rogers (Michael Phillips 73), Matt Bodkin (Jay May 70), Jack Parkinson, Ben Greenhalgh, Frannie Collin, Alex Flisher (Ashley Miller 82). Subs not used: Jamie Coyle, Will Godmon.