Saturday 16 February 2019 // National League // Attendance: 2,589 (630 Maidstone United supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United’s relegation fears have edged closer to reality after defeat away at Bromley. The result means that the Stones have taken just seven points from their last ten league matches and with other teams winning above them, Maidstone are ten points adrift of safety.
Bromley largely controlled the first half and until additional time at the end of the first 45 minutes, restricted the Stones to a couple of efforts from distance which never looked like troubling David Gregory in the Ravens’ goal.
The home side also created a number of early chances. On five minutes, JJ Hooper beat the offside trap and held the ball up before leathering a half volley well over the bar from the edge of the box.
A deep corner from Frankie Raymond reached the diving Marc-Anthony Okoye at the back post only for his header to go back across goal and wide before it was Omar Bugiel’s turn to get in behind the Maidstone defence. Bugiel put the ball into the six yard box and Shaun Donnellan got a touch which sent the ball goalwards but Dion-Curtis Henry snuffed out the danger.
On 19 minutes, there was a scramble in the Maidstone box as the Stones couldn’t get the ball away. This was started off by Luke Coulson getting in down the left and pulling the ball back into the middle. George Porter had two shots in the process and from the second one, Will De Havilland made a crucial block.
Having been so in control it wasn’t perhaps a surprise when Bromley took the lead on 31 minutes. Some neat football from the Ravens ended with Richard Brindley putting the ball into the six yard box after he had found space down the right and JJ Hooper had the simple task of knocking the ball in from close range.
John Still responded immediately to his side falling behind, bringing off Aryan Tajbakhsh for Josh Taylor as Maidstone switched from a back three to a traditional 4-4-2. And in the later stages of the first half, the Stones had a bit more possession with their best chance coming deep in stoppage time when the ball came to Aron Davies who was just inside the box and his shot cleared the bar.
Early on in the second half, there was a let off for the Stones. A long kick downfield from keeper David Gregory drew Henry out of his goal. Henry couldn’t claim the ball though and nearly gifted Porter with an opportunity but Porter wasn’t able to react in time and Maidstone eventually cleared their lines.
It wasn’t until the 69th minute that Maidstone opened up Bromley’s defence for the first time in the afternoon. Jake Cassidy slipped the ball into new signing and substitute Justin Amaluzor and he drew a decent save from Gregory.
There was then a mix up in midfield between Michael Phillips and Jack Powell which allowed Porter to gain possession. He quickly worked it into Hooper who was in space just outside the area but he drilled the ball wide.
Three minutes from time, Dan Wishart gave away possession deep in his half. The ball came to Luke Coulson who turned into a decent position inside the box but he was denied by a good block from Henry.
Then with five minutes of additional time on the clock, Bromley wrapped up all three points. Hooper got in on goal and he thumped a confident finish past the stranded Henry.
Bromley: JJ Hooper 31, 90
Maidstone United: –
Maidstone United: 1. Dion-Curtis Henry, 22. Michael Phillips, 6. Aron Davies, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 5. Will De Havilland, 16. Dan Wishart, 21. Ollie Muldoon (14. Justin Amaluzor 58), 8. Jack Powell, 28. Aryan Tajbakhsh (24. Josh Taylor 33), 18. Jake Cassidy, 19. Jake Robinson (9. Elliott Romain 63). Subs not used: 30. Jarvis Edobor, 26. Chris Lewington.
Bromley: 1. David Gregory, 4. Frankie Sutherland, 6. Jack Holland (16. Jake Goodman 45), 8. Frankie Raymond, 15. Marc-Anthony Okoye, 23. Sam Wood, 24. Richard Brindley, 25. Luke Coulson (19. Jamie Philpot 90), 30. JJ Hooper, 9. Omar Bugiel (14. Jordan Higgs 71), 18. George Porter. Subs not used: 13. Luke Nakov, 7. Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu.
Who was your man of the match against Bromley?
- Dion-Curtis Henry (28%, 19 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (21%, 14 Votes)
- Aron Davies (12%, 8 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (10%, 7 Votes)
- Justin Amaluzor (7%, 5 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (6%, 4 Votes)
- Jake Cassidy (6%, 4 Votes)
- Jack Powell (3%, 2 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (1%, 1 Votes)
- Shaun Donnellan (1%, 1 Votes)
- Aryan Tajbakhsh (1%, 1 Votes)
- Josh Taylor (1%, 1 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jake Robinson (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 68