Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Maidstone United // National League South // Match report by Ruth Tunnell // 17 November 2020
Honours were even in Maidstone United’s latest Kent derby as the Stones played out a goalless draw with Ebbsfleet United.
Following the defeat against Dartford at the weekend, Hakan Heyrettin made two changes to the starting line up. Dominic Odusanya and Joan Luque were replaced by Kreshnic Krasniqi and Charlie Seaman.
The game had a better tempo compared with Maidstone’s fixture against Dartford and it took just 16 minutes for Ravan Constable to be called into action for the first time. Lee Martin made good progress down the right and he played a low ball into Rakish Bingham whose low shot was going in until Ravan Constable intervened with smart stop. The ball rebounded to Bingham and his low ball went back across the six yard box before being cleared.
The two sides appeared to be very evenly matched but as the game edged towards the break, The Stones suddenly started to look stronger. With 43 minutes gone, George Porter let fly from 25 yards and he was denied by a good flying save from Jordan Holmes. Then from a corner, Sam Corne’s header came across the box and the ball was met by Joe Ellul but his header lacked the power to trouble Holmes.
Maidstone continued to push and Kreshnic Krasniqi’s ball into the box was only headed clear as far as Charlie Seaman. Seaman’s effort was on target and once again, Holmes did well to push the ball behind.
Then with the half time whistle just moments away, Seaman’s short corner was played to Justin Amaluzor. Amaluzor lifted the ball into the box where it was headed on and Krasinqi’s final touch found Holmes’ hands.
On 51 minutes, Ebbsfleet pieced together a decent move which was started off by former Maidstone player Jack Paxman. Tobi Adebayo-Rowling then found another ex Stones player Iffy Allen who crossed for Lee Martin who saw his shot well stopped by Constable.
It wasn’t that long until Maidstone threatened again. Sam Corne passed to Amaluzor who lifted the ball to the back post where it was met by Charlie Seaman. Seaman tried to force the ball in from a tight angle only for Jordan Holmes to save with his feet.
Substitute Adam Mekkie then went down in the area under a challenge from Noah Chesmain but no penalty was forthcoming and then for Maidstone, substitute Ibrahim Olutade was involved as he lofted the ball into the box. Amaluzor managed to reach it but he was unable to steer it past Holmes and the chance went wide.
Then with nine minutes remaining, the Stones came within inches of taking the lead. Maidstone were awarded a free-kick about 25 yards from goal. Substitute Joan Luque stepped up to take it and his curling effort only just missed the left post.
Ebbsfleet United: –
Maidstone United: –
Ebbsfleet United: 12. Jordan Holmes. 2. Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, 3. Bobby-Joe Taylor, 4. Sefa Kahraman, 23. Charlie Rowan, 16. Will Wood, 21. Jack Paxman, 18. Alfie Egan (22. Ben Chapman 86), 14. Iffy Allen (7. Adam Mekki 68), 11. Lee Martin, 9. Rakish Bingham (6. Jake Goodman 90). Subs not used: 5. Ben Frempah, 1. Tom Hadler
Maidstone United: 16. Ravan Constable, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 17. Joe Ellul, 6. George Elokobi, 12. Noah Chesmain, 8. Sam Corne, 4. Kreshnic Krasniqi, 11. Justin Amaluzor, 7. George Porter, 5. Charlie Seaman (14. Joan Luque 77), 9. Scott Rendell (10. Ibrahim Olutade 77). Subs not used: 1. Chris Lewington, 18. Zihni Temelci, 19. Dominic Odusanya.