National League South // Attendance: 619 // Match report by Ruth Tunnell // Saturday 2 November 2019
The Stones were beaten for the first time in eight matches as they once again conceded a late goal. With Dan Wishart unavailable due to injury, there was a rare change to the Maidstone starting line up with Nana Kyei coming into the team.
But despite Kyei’s goal, this was Maidstone’s first defeat since they lost away at Dorking Wanderers in mid September. It had looked as though this match was heading for a draw until Hampton and Richmond Borough got the deciding goal in the 90th minute thanks to a tap in from substitute Tyrone Lewthwaite.
Maidstone enjoyed some early pressure, forcing two corners inside the opening two minutes, but it was the home side who took the lead with a stunning strike on eight minutes. The Stones were struggling to clear their lines and the ball came to Kyron Farrell who was about 25 yards out and his shot might have taken a slight deflection off Justin Amaluzor as it arrowed into the net.
The Stones came close to an equaliser on 23 minutes. Another corner from Noah Chesmain posed questions for the Hampton defence and Ryan Johnson’s header was going in until Matt Young made the block close to the line.
Shortly after this, Chesmain was involved again as he slid the ball down the line to Amaluzor. The Maidstone forward delivered an excellent cross into the box which was brought down well by Ibby Akanbi but just as Akanbi went to pull the trigger, Farrell got across and made a crucial block.
Not for the first time in the match, Saidou Khan then turned well into space. This time, he found Amaluzor and his low effort went just wide of the right post.
Hampton were not enjoying that much time deep inside the Maidstone half but they had a good opportunity to double their lead not long before the break. The ball dropped to Danilo Orsi-Dadomo who wasn’t far from goal and the ball went high and wide of the target.
Then just after this, Gavin Hoyte found Khan who then passed to Ross Marshall. Marshall rode a couple of challenges to move into space and get a low drive away which Dan Lincoln in the Hampton goal gathered at the second attempt.
The second half was only a few minutes old when Maidstone could have equalised. Akanbi battled hard to get into the box and he unselfishly passed to Nana Kyei. Kyei took his time before deciding to go for placement with his effort and he was denied by a decent save from Lincoln.
But with 50 minutes gone, Kyei made amends for this. Khan found Kyei who cut inside before hitting a shot which took a deflection and crashed in off the underside of the bar.
Play soon moved to the other end and Jefferson Louis got past George Elokobi and into a promising position inside the box. However, Louis could not get much power behind the ball and Jake Cole made a comfortable save.
A poor clearance from Chesmain then went to substitute Ryan Hill. Hill put over a deep cross which was met by the arriving Ruaridh Donaldson and Cole parried Donaldson’s shot.
There were just two minutes remaining when the home side had a good chance to clinch all three points. Hill began to pull into space just outside the box and he drove the ball inches wide of the post.
However, Hill was to be instrumental in Hampton’s winner in the 90th minute. He put a low ball across the six yard box and there to meet it was fellow substitute Lewthwaite who had the simple task of knocking the ball into the net from close range.
Hampton and Richmond Borough: Kyron Farrell 8, Tyrone Lewthwaite 90
Maidstone United: Nana Kyei 50
Hampton and Richmond Borough: 1. Dan Lincoln, 2. Matt Young, 3. Kyron Farrell, 4. Dean Inman, 5. Charlie Wassmer, 6. Sam Cox, 7. Ruaridh Donaldson, 8. Jake Gray, 9. Danilo Orsi-Dadomo (15. Shaun McAuley 81), 10. Jefferson Louis (14. Tryone Lewthwaite 63), 11. Louie Soares (16. Ryan Hill 63). Subs not used: 12. Cole Brown, 17. Jack Skinner.
Maidstone United:1. Jake Cole, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 19. Ryan Johnson, 6. George Elokobi, 12. Noah Chesmain, 7. Nana Kyei (9. Jonny Edwards 78), 18. Saidou Khan, 8. Ross Marshall, 11. Justin Amaluzor, 10. Ibby Akanbi (14. Jake Embery 86), 17. Iffy Allen. Subs not used: 15. Jacob Gilbert, 3. Luke Pennell, 16. Chris Lewington.
Who was your man of the match against Hampton & Richmond Borough?
- Nana Kyei (23%, 15 Votes)
- Ross Marshall (17%, 11 Votes)
- Saidou Khan (15%, 10 Votes)
- George Elokobi (9%, 6 Votes)
- Jake Embery (8%, 5 Votes)
- Noah Chesmain (8%, 5 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (6%, 4 Votes)
- Jake Cole (6%, 4 Votes)
- Justin Amaluzor (5%, 3 Votes)
- Iffy Allen (2%, 1 Votes)
- Gavin Hoyte (2%, 1 Votes)
- Jonny Edwards (2%, 1 Votes)
- Ibby Akanbi (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 66