Tuesday 12 September // Isthmian Youth League East // Attendance: 85 // Report by Josh Bailey
Maidstone United cruised to a comfortable victory over Corinthian, as goals from Colby Wait and George Robinson secured three points in the season-opener.
It didn’t take long for the Stones to create their first opportunity. Robinson had his effort parried by the keeper and Tom Barton rounded him but had his shot miraculously blocked on the line.
The Stones were in front after 10 minutes and what a sublime goal it was. A pin point free kick into the area was brought down at the keeper’s near post. It bounced for Colby Wait who went for the spectacular – bicycle kicking it into the middle of the net.
In a very physical battle it took a while for the home side to produce any more chances but when a lovely floating ball over the top found the feet of Ken Charles, he only had the keeper to beat but Corinthian’s number one did well, making himself big and forcing the forward the put it wide.
Corinthian struggled to impose themselves in the match but nearly capitalised on confusion in the Stones defence but goalie Nathan Akhlaq pulled off a fantastic save to keep his side in front.
Just before half time Barton found himself through on goal but he scuffed his shot – sending it wide of the left hand post.
The second half continued where the first left off, with Barton often being the heartbeat of the midfield. Early on he picked out Ken Charles who blasted his effort over.
Maidstone doubled their lead with 20 minutes remaining. A well-struck set piece from Matt Bell from a set piece led to a goalmouth scramble with George Robinson poking home from two yards out.
Goalscorers: Colby Wait 10, George Robinson 72
Team: Nathan Akhlaq, Ollie Debnam, Callum Wallace, Ollie Ferris, Colby Wait, George Head, George Robinson, Matt Bell, Ken Charles, Johnnny Phillips, Tom Barton. Subs: Henry Buttayotte, Harry Barkaway, Dominc Emptage, Beau Landau, James O’Conor