Buildbase FA Trophy 3QR replay // Tuesday 26 November // Attendance: 701
Iffy Allen scored the winner as Maidstone finally held on to a lead against Dartford to reach the FA Trophy first round.
The Stones had blown a 2-0 cushion in the league clash 10 days ago and were twice pegged back in the first Trophy meeting on Saturday.
But they got the job done in the replay with Allen, one of three Stones changes, scoring the only goal in the second half.
Dartford, with Laurent Mendy replacing Ryan Hayes in their only switch, had the best of a goalless first half.
They regularly looked to get Luke Wanadio in up the right and the winger had some joy, sticking over a couple of dangerous balls to test the Stones defence.
On the other flank, Ky Marsh Brown also showed his crossing ability with a good ball to the back post that was nodded back across goal by Wanadio to Luke Allen, with George Elokobi making the block.
Elokobi also denied Elliott Romain at close range when Saturday’s two-goal man met a knockdown from Ronnie Vint towards the end of the half, while Ryan Johnson’s well-timed challenge thwarted Marsh Brown in the box.
As for Maidstone, Jake Embery, making his first start of the season in place of the injured Ibby Akanbi, had virtually no service in the opening 45.
Allen barely got a touch on the right (that was to change) although Dan Wishart made some progress down the left, setting up Saidou Khan, whose shot hit his own man in a rare opening for the Stones.
Romain had a shot cleared off the line just after the break with Mark Smith off his line sharply to deny Matt McClure as Maidstone countered.
Dartford were on top when United took the lead against the run of play in the 59th minute.
Khan picked up a loose ball in his own half and travelled a good 40 yards before feeding Allen who finished off the inside of the far post from around the edge of the area.
Darren McQueen fired wide from Andy Pugh’s through ball as Darts, having fought back in both the league game and the first Trophy tie, looked to do so again.
They had plenty of the ball as the minutes ticked away, and a couple of near-misses from goalmouth scrambles, followed by a brave save from Jake Cole at the feet of Luke Allen.
Maidstone United: Iffy Allen 59
Dartford: Mark Smith, Ky Marsh Brown (Cameron Brodie 77mins), Laurent Mendy, Ronnie Vint, Josh Hill, Tom Bonner, Luke Wanadio, Luke Allen (Charlie Edmunson 90+3), Andy Pugh (Ryan Hayes 74), Elliott Romain, Darren McQueen. Subs not used: Alhaji Sesay, Alfie Evans, Max Walsh.
Maidstone United: Jake Cole, Gavin Hoyte, Ryan Johnson, George Elokobi, Noah Chesmain, Ross Marshall (Cameron James 25), Saidou Khan (Clovis Kamdjo 79), Iffy Allen, Matt McClure, Dan Wishart, Jake Embery (Jonny Edwards 69). Subs not used: Luke Pennell, Nana Kyei, Justin Amaluzor, Chris Lewington.
Who was your Man of the Match against Dartford?
- Jake Cole (25%, 7 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (25%, 7 Votes)
- George Elokobi (21%, 6 Votes)
- Iffy Allen (14%, 4 Votes)
- Clovis Kamdjo (7%, 2 Votes)
- Jonny Edwards (4%, 1 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (4%, 1 Votes)
- Gavin Hoyte (0%, 0 Votes)
- Matt McClure (0%, 0 Votes)
- Saidou Khan (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jake Embery (0%, 0 Votes)
- Cameron James (0%, 0 Votes)
- Ross Marshall (0%, 0 Votes)
- Noah Chesmain (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 28