National League South // Attendance: 1,769 (36 away supporters) // Match report by Ruth Tunnell // Saturday 22 February 2020
There was a cruel end to this match for Maidstone United as they were sunk by a late winner from Danilo Orsi-Dadom in a game between two sides just outside the playoffs.
This game might have had a different outcome had the Stones built on their early momentum. With only four minutes on the clock, Gavin Hoyte delivered an enticing low ball into the six yard box. There to meet was new on-loan signing Max Watters whose effort was on target but Dion-Curtis Henry, one of seven goalkeepers to have played for Maidstone last season, got enough on the ball to concede a corner.
Just three minutes later though, the Stones took the lead. Maidstone pressed close to the Hampton box and the ball came out to Ross Marshall who chipped it into Justin Amaluzor who took his time to make room for a low drive which went past Henry.
The Stones’ advantage did not last that long as Hampton equalised with their first attack on 15 minutes. Danilo Orsi-Dadomo got into space inside the area and although Chris Lewington blocked his shot with his feet, Lewington could do nothing to prevent Jake Grey scoring with the rebound.
Maidstone were enjoying plenty of possession and Ibby Akanbi headed a dangerous cross from Dan Wishart well over the bar. Then Niko Muir got past Wishart at the other end but drove the ball well wide.
Despite enjoying plenty of the ball, the Stones didn’t carve out many more chances in the first half although Henry had to be alert to tip a cross-shot from Ryan Johnson over the bar on 26 minutes. Shortly after, Maidstone were forced into a substitution when Andre Boucaud went off injured. Boucard was replaced by Sam Corne who missed the Bath City match in midweek.
Not long before the break, Amaluzor’s ball into the box eventually came to substitute Corne. Corne stuck the ball well but it went behind without causing Henry any alarm.
The Stones looked bright in the opening moments of the second half. A corner from Hoyte was headed across goal by Johnson and then Max Watters put the ball through Henry’s legs and into the net but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position.
Just before the hour, Amaluzor did well to nip in and win possession in midfield. He ran towards the area but just as he was probably considering striking for goal, Luke Ruddick did well to get back and stick out a leg and concede a corner. Then, shortly after, Corne put an excellent deep cross towards the back post which only just evaded Amaluzor who was yards from goal.
It was then Hampton’s turn to threaten. Zihni Temelci conceded a free-kick about 25 yards out which Ryan Hill sent towards the top left corner of the net only for Chris Lewington to get up well and turn the ball wide. And minutes later, there was a scramble in the Maidstone box which concluded with substitute Ruaridh Donaldson firing the ball goalwards but Wishart was in a perfect position to make the goal line clearance.
Having survived this spell of Hampton pressure, Maidstone soon had a good shout for a penalty waved away. Khan tried to pull the ball back from close to the touchline and it appeared to strike Dean Inman’s arm as it went out for the corner.
Tempers then frayed following an incident close to the half way line between Amaluzor and substitute Sam Cox. After a lengthy delay, Amaluzor was booked and Luke Ruddick also received a yellow card.
Deep in stoppage time, Wishart made a goal line clearance to deny Danilo Orsi-Dadom but he could do nothing to stop the striker grabbing the winner seconds later. Orsi-Dadom did well to make room for a low shot which went under the diving Chris Lewington to spark wild scenes by the travelling Hampton fans.
Maidstone United: Justin Amaluzor 7
Hampton and Richmond Borough: Jake Grey 15, Danilo Orsi-Dadom 90
Maidstone United: 16. Chris Lewington, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 20. Ross Marshall, 19. Ryan Johnson, 15. Dan Wishart, 7. Zihni Temelci (17. Iffy Allen 70), 9. Andre Boucaud (8. Sam Corne 29), 18. Saidou Khan, 11. Justin Amaluzor, 14. Max Watters, 10. Ibby Akanbi. Subs not used: 3. Joe Felix, 1. Jake Cole, 5. Lewis Knight.
Hampton and Richmond Borough: 1. Dion-Curtis Henry, 2. Luke Ruddick, 3. Kyran Farrell, 4. Dean Inman, 5. Charlie Wassmer, 6. Jake Grey (16. Ruaridh Donaldson 45), 7. Ryan Hill, 8. Wadah Ahmidi (12. Sam Cox 78), 9. Danilo Orsi-Dadom, 10. Niko Muir (15. Tyrell Miller-Rodney 88), 11. Sam Deadfield. Subs not used: 14. Shaun Mcauley, 17. Razzaq Coleman.
Who was your man of the match against Hampton & Richmond Borough?
- Dan Wishart (19%, 21 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (19%, 20 Votes)
- Justin Amaluzor (19%, 20 Votes)
- Sam Corne (11%, 12 Votes)
- Max Watters (10%, 11 Votes)
- Ross Marshall (6%, 6 Votes)
- Gavin Hoyte (4%, 4 Votes)
- Saidou Khan (4%, 4 Votes)
- Chris Lewington (3%, 3 Votes)
- Zihni Temelci (3%, 3 Votes)
- Iffy Allen (2%, 2 Votes)
- Ibby Akanbi (1%, 1 Votes)
- Andre Boucard (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 108