Hungerford Town 1-3 Maidstone United // National League South // Attendance: 436 // Saturday 10 August 2019
Maidstone United have got their season up and running as they came from behind to claim their first victory of the season away at Hungerford Town.
After defeats against Weymouth and Welling United for the Stones, there were three changes to the side with Noah Chesmain, Dan Wishart and Ibrahim Akanbi all coming in to start for Maidstone.
The Stones enjoyed the greater share of possession in a closely matched first half but a mistake from Nana Kyei in midfield lead to Hungerford opening the scoring after 27 minutes. Kyei got caught in possession by Liam Ferdinand and Ferdinand threaded a neat ball forward into the path of James Constable who dispatched a confident finish past Jake Cole to register his second goal inside two matches.
But with five minutes to go before the break, Maidstone drew level. Iffy Allen and Kyei were involved in the build up out on the right and Gavin Hoyte’s cross into the middle was headed in by Dan Wishart.
Hungerford looked lively in the early stages of the second half and they went close on a couple of occasions. Firstly, Ryan Johnson did well to block an effort from Joe Tomlinson which was heading in and from the rebound, Jake Cole saved from Jake Rusby. And not long after this, Johnson hesitated when he should have perhaps headed the ball back to Cole which allowed Ferdinand to nip in and get a shot away which Cole palmed wide.
But Maidstone went within inches of taking the lead not long past the hour mark. A corner from Sam Corne came out to George Elokobi who passed to Kyei who was about 25 yards out and he curled the ball against the cross bar.
But Kyei was to find the back of the net on 65 minutes. The Stones were enjoying another spell of decent possession which ended with Ibrahim Akanbi finding Kyei and Kyei forced Adam Siviter into a stop with his legs. When the ball rebounded back, Kyei tried to nip into space but he was felled by Josiah Dunstan, and from the resultant spot kick, Kyei rolled the ball into the right side of the net.
Maidstone’s lead should have only been very short lived. Hungerford soon got in behind Maidstone’s back line with ease and it looked as though Kofi Halliday was going to score but Jake Cole got down smartly to push the ball round the post.
Having survived this, the Stones then pulled further ahead with 17 minutes remaining. Dan Wishart put a low cross into the box from close to the touchline and substitute Clovis Kamdjo arrived to fire in from close range.
Late on Maidstone had the chance to add some gloss to the score line. Substitute Ibrahim Olutade was tripped inside the area by Marcus Johnson-Schuster and Siviter made a full length save to deny Olutade from resultant penalty.
Hungerford Town: James Constable 27
Maidstone United: Dan Wishart 40, Nana Kyei 65, Clovis Kamdjo 73
Maidstone United: Jake Cole, Gavin Hoyte, Ryan Johnson, George Elokobi, Noah Chesmain, Nana Kyei, Sam Corne, Saidou Khan, Dan Wishart, Iffy Allen (Clovis Kamdjo 63), Ibrahim Akanbi (Ibrahim Olutade 84). Subs not used: Chris Lewington, Jacob Gilbert, Danny Divine.
Hungerford Town: Adam Siviter, Marcus Johnson-Schuster, Joe Tomlinson, Mike Jones, Josiah Dunstan, James Rusby, Louis McGrory (Zidan Akers 68), Dan Bailey, James Constable (Conor Lynch 82), Liam Ferdinand, Kofi Halliday (Matt Jones 78). Subs not used: Matt Berry-Hargreaves, George Smith.
Who was your man of the match against Hungerford Town?
- Dan Wishart (55%, 98 Votes)
- Jake Cole (15%, 26 Votes)
- Nana Kyei (8%, 15 Votes)
- Saidou Khan (3%, 6 Votes)
- Clovis Kamdjo (3%, 5 Votes)
- Iffy Allen (3%, 5 Votes)
- George Elokobi (3%, 5 Votes)
- Sam Corne (2%, 4 Votes)
- Noah Chesmain (2%, 4 Votes)
- Ibrahim Olutade (2%, 4 Votes)
- Gavin Hoyte (2%, 3 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (1%, 2 Votes)
- Ibrahim Akanbi (1%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 179