Saturday 19 December // Vanarama National League South // Attendance: 302 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
After a succession of 1-0 victories, Maidstone United have found themselves on the wrong end of the same scoreline for the third game in a row after they were beaten thanks to a decent strike by Hayes and Yeading United’s Elliot Benyon.
Jay Saunders gave debuts to new signings Vas Karagiannis and Dan Sweeney, and Joe Healy returned from injury but unfortunately for the Stones, they were unable to significantly test Dan Lincoln in the Hayes goal.
With seven minutes gone, Omari Alexander-Salmon hit a rising shot from 25 yards which Lee Worgan did well to tip over the bar. Then not long after this, Sweeney had his first effort on goal for his new side as he hit a low drive from the edge of the area which went wide of the left hand post.
Benyon was giving the Maidstone defence a tough time and he got past Manny Parry down the left before hitting a shot straight at Worgan. Then the Hayes striker was involved again when Parry was unable to stop Matt Jay from receiving possession and Jay found Benyon who turned in the area but his shot deflected behind for a corner.
It wasn’t until the 28th minute that the Stones opened up the home side’s defence. A neat move saw Sweeney pass to Bobby-Joe Taylor and he put Vas Karagiannis in only for his rising shot to be gathered by Dan Lincoln in goal.
Not long before the break, James Rogers sent a free-kick into the box which Jay May headed on and the ball stuck under Sweeney’s feet meaning his resultant shot at Lincoln was weak. Hayes then immediately broke from this and the Maidstone defence stopped allowing Benyon to fire in what turned out to be the winning goal.
The Stones looked to respond quickly and Taylor forced Lincoln into a good save with a shot from the edge of the area. Then in first half stoppage time, Taylor had another effort as this time his rising shot went just over.
Maidstone enjoyed more possession after the break and on 56 minutes, Taylor did well to go past Devante McKain down the left before he cut inside but Lincoln stopped his shot. Once again, Hayes moved quickly upfield from this and Worgan made a fine save to deny Colin Mugoya.
Karagiannis then put an excellent low ball across the six yard box which no one attacked. Then at the other end, a clearance from Jamie Coyle only went as far as Benyon who was in a central position and Worgan did well to tip his shot over the bar. Then from the resultant corner, the ball came out to substitute Elliott Simpson and once more, Worgan managed to divert his effort off target.
Late on, Maidstone had one final chance to equalise. Some good work from Taylor allowed him to get the ball into the area but substitute Alex Akrofi put the ball wide and so the Stones lost for the third game in a row.
Hayes & Yeading United: Elliot Benyon 39.
Maidstone United: –
Hayes & Yeading United: Dan Lincoln, Jake Sheppard, Mason Spence, Colin Mugoya, Devante McKain, Emmanuel Monthe, Cole Brown (Elliott Simpson 66), Adam Everitt, Elliot Benyon, Matt Jay, Omari Alexander-Salmon (Dylan Kearney 78). Subs not used: Rourke Pickford, Ismael Ehui, Luke Williams.
Maidstone United: Lee Worgan, Callum Driver, Tom Mills, Jamie Coyle, Manny Parry, James Rogers, Bobby-Joe Taylor, Joe Healy (Matt Bodkin 75), Jay May (Alex Akrofi 71), Dan Sweeney, Vas Karagiannis (Charles Banya 83). Subs not used: Jack Paxman, Frannie Collin.
Who was your man of the match against Hayes & Yeading United?
- Bobby-Joe Taylor (38%, 41 Votes)
- Lee Worgan (19%, 21 Votes)
- Vas Karagiannis (14%, 15 Votes)
- Callum Driver (6%, 7 Votes)
- Dan Sweeney (5%, 5 Votes)
- Charles Banya (4%, 4 Votes)
- Tom Mills (3%, 3 Votes)
- Matt Bodkin (3%, 3 Votes)
- Manny Parry (2%, 2 Votes)
- Jamie Coyle (2%, 2 Votes)
- Alex Akrofi (2%, 2 Votes)
- James Rogers (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jay May (1%, 1 Votes)
- Joe Healy (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 108