Saturday 28 November // FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round // Attendance: 482// Report by Ruth Tunnell
The Stones took a break from league action as they were involved in the FA Trophy but once again, they edged a match 1-0 thanks to a strike from Jay May two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game.
This match won’t live long in the memory and it wasn’t helped by a strong swirling wind which made the playing conditions very difficult. As a result, there was very little in the way of goalmouth action in the first half but the home side did create a chance with just six minutes on the clock. Josh Casey put Jamal Lowe in down the left hand side of the box only for Lowe to drag the ball wide of the far post.
It wasn’t until 24 minutes had passed that Maidstone threatened. Jack Paxman found Jay May in midfield and May expertly turned into space before advancing forwards and unleashing a powerful shot from just outside the Beavers box which went wide of the right hand post.
Hampton then hit Maidstone on the break as Lowe went past Paxman with ease. But as Lowe approached the area he selfishly went for a shot as his teammates tried to get up in support and he blasted his effort into the trees behind the goal.
Not long after this, Paxman did well to whip the ball off the toes of Michael Kamara and he found Adam Birchall. Birchall’s deft touch picked out Bobby-Joe Taylor who got a shot away which Mark Smith in the Hampton goal turned behind for a corner.
Late on in the first half Callum Driver accidentally diverted the ball into the path of Casey but Lee Worgan came to Maidstone’s rescue and he managed to scramble the ball behind for a corner. Then at the other end, a free-kick from Taylor was headed over the bar by May.
The game did improve slightly after the break and Maidstone went close on 57 minutes. Driver was brought down about 40 yards from goal and Taylor’s free-kick was on target until Smith flung himself to his left to push the ball behind for a corner. From this, Taylor took the chance to put the ball back into the box where it dropped to Joe Healy and his weak effort was comfortably gathered by Smith.
Taylor was involved again when he whipped in a dangerous cross from the right which Smith could only parry. The ball dropped down into the middle of the box where it was met by the on-rushing substitute James Rogers and his resultant shot easily cleared the bar.
Then with 73 minutes gone, Taylor split the home defence open with an excellent pass. Substitute Alex Akrofi latched onto the ball and quickly got a shot away but he hit it straight at Smith in the Hampton goal who made the save.
As the game entered stoppage time, Maidstone started to push Hampton back as they looked to avoid a replay on Tuesday evening. With 90 minutes on the clock, Akrofi sent the ball into the path of Taylor who was to the right of the Beavers’ area and he hit a low drive which went inches wide of the far post.
But the Stones were not to be denied and they snatched the decisive goal two minutes later. Taylor put a quality delivery into the box which was intelligently knocked down by substitute Alex Flisher and May arrived to steer in his second winner in as many matches to book Maidstone’s place in the next round of the FA Trophy.
Hampton and Richmond Borough: -
Maidstone United: Jay May 90
Hampton and Richmond Borough: Mark Smith, Michael Kamara, Tom Jelley, Kieran Murphy, Moussa Diarra, Harry Taylor, Josh Casey, Dean Sinclair (Nicke Kabamba 73), Jamal Lowe, Charlie Moone (Eddie Hutchinson 73), Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick (Jerome Federico 61). Subs not used: Joe Hicks, Hammad Lawal.
Maidstone United: Lee Worgan, Callum Driver, Tom Mills, Jamie Coyle, Manny Parry, Jack Paxman (James Rogers 54), Matt Bodkin (Alex Flisher 76), Joe Healy, Jay May, Adam Birchall (Alex Akrofi 69), Bobby-Joe Taylor. Subs not used: Charles Banya, Frannie Collin.
Who was your man of the match against Hampton & Richmond Borough?
- Bobby-Joe Taylor (33%, 47 Votes)
- Jay May (15%, 22 Votes)
- Callum Driver (9%, 13 Votes)
- Manny Parry (8%, 12 Votes)
- Alex Flisher (8%, 11 Votes)
- Alex Akrofi (7%, 10 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (5%, 7 Votes)
- Jamie Coyle (3%, 5 Votes)
- Joe Healy (3%, 5 Votes)
- Matt Bodkin (2%, 3 Votes)
- Jack Paxman (2%, 3 Votes)
- Adam Birchall (1%, 2 Votes)
- Tom Mills (1%, 2 Votes)
- James Rogers (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 143