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Maidstone United vs. Barnet

Maidstone United 0-5 Barnet

Saturday 8 July // Pre-season friendly // Attendance: 861 // Report from KentOnline

Maidstone were well beaten by League 2 Barnet in their first pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The Bees, with ex-Stones man Dan Sweeney handed a start, strolled into a two-goal lead inside 11 minutes and were three up by the break.

They took their tally to five with two late goals.

Maidstone named different sides for each half, while Barnet turned up with three XIs.

The Bees have been back in training for a fortnight and it showed in their sharpness.

It was pretty much a keep-ball session for the visitors in the first half while they were bright and lively in the final third against a United side featuring a number of trialists including former Gills defender Mitchell Dickenson.

Barnet led in the sixth minute, former Margate loanee Fumnaya Shomotun working space to bend the ball past Lee Worgan from just inside the area after combining up the left with Elliott Johnson.

The second followed in the 11th minute and it was another nice goal, as a six-pass move around the edge of the Stones box ended with Justin Amaluzor heading home a cross from Simeon Akinola.

Barnet had just switched to their second XI when they made it 3-0 on 31 minutes.

John Akinde and a trialist exchanged passes and while a challenge went in, the ball fell to Alex Nicholls.

Stones’ second-half XI immediately showed more intensity, led by Stuart Lewis, who it appears doesn’t even like taking it easy in a friendly.

The improvement didn’t translate into openings and when Maidstone lost the ball at the back, Ryan Watson went through and beat trialist keeper Callum Thomas as Barnet made it four in the 76th minute.

Barnet scored again five minutes later. This time, substitute Jean Louis Akpa Akpro ran after a pass and when the ball broke kindly off Thomas, he had the simple task of walking it in.


First Half

1. Lee Worgan
2. Josh Hare
3. Nathan Fox
4. Reece Prestedge
5. Magnus Okuonghae
6. Mitchell Dickenson
7. Damani Dias
8. Johnville Pringle
9. Delano Sam-Yorke
10. Jack Paxman
11. Tom Wraight

Second Half

1. Callum Thomas
2. Seth Nana Twumasi
3. Joe Anderson
4. Harry Phipps
5. Chieck Toure
6. Kevin Lokko
7. Tyler Campbell
8. Stuart Lewis
9. Joe Pigott
10. Dylan Williams
11. Jack Richards


Tommy Taylor
Lewis Chambers
Darren Cooper
Josh Dorling
Elliott Capel


First 30 minutes

1. Jamie Stephens
16. Harry Taylor
6. Michael Nelson
2. Darnell Smith
3. Elliott Johnson
28. Jack Taylor
39. Daniel Sweeney
25. Fumnaya Shomotun
12. Shane Cojocarel
14. Simeon Akinola
30. Justin Amaluzor

30 to 60 minutes

20. Craig Ross
17. Luke Coulson
41. Charlie Clough
33. Joe Payne
15. Tobi Coker
27. Wesley Fonguck
11. Ruben Bover
23. Alex Nicholls
10. Trialist One
18. Nana Kyei
9. John Akinde

60 to full time

31. Kye McKenzie-Lyle
26. Thomas Day
5. Ricardo Santos
33. Joe Payne
40. David Tutonda
7. Ryan Watson
8. Curtis Weston
4. Trialist Two
34. Ephron Mason-Clark
13. Jamal Campbell-Ryce
19. Jean Louis Akpa Akpro

Referee: Jack Packman
Assistant Referees: Dan Bonneywell and Peter Cruise
Fourth Official: Dan Procter

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