Maidstone United 0-2 Bromley // Pre-Season Friendly // Attendance: 706 // Saturday 13 July 2019
Maidstone United were given a good pre-season workout by a strong National League side, Bromley. This was the first time that the Stones were beaten during their run up to the 2019 / 2020 season but there was not a huge amount to choose between the two sides for the majority of the match.
The Stones started the game with only three players in the squad – Justin Amaluzor, Chris Lewington and Dan Wishart – who had featured for Maidstone last season and none of those had started the 2018 / 2019 campaign for the home side.
One of the positions which had proved to be a particular issue for the Stones last season after the departure of the long serving Lee Worgan was that of goal keeper. Whilst it is still early on in the new era for Maidstone, keeper Jake Cole, who has come in from Aldershot looks like he has the potential to be a safe pair of hands for the Stones as he demonstrated with an instinctive save to deny Reeco Hackett-Fairchild on ten minutes.
This was a typical pre-season affair and there was little to note in the first half. Amaluzor looked bright for the Stones and he was involved when he squared the ball into the box and Nana Kyei got a touch but Chris Bush was alert and got the ball clear. Later on, Amaluzor put a similar ball into the area again and this time, Jon Edwards’ effort at the near post was diverted wide by Marc-Anthony Okoye.
Bromley’s Luke Coulson was another player who was catching the eye and his corner on 32 minutes came to Okoye at the back post. Okoye headed the ball down into the ground and it bounced over the bar. Then early on in the second half, Coulson got sight of goal and lifted the ball towards the far post but it took a deflection which took it wide.
The deadlock was finally broken on 64 minutes. In the build up, George Porter drew a good save from Cole which lead to a corner that was delivered into the middle by Coulson and Okoye smashed home from close range.
During the second half there was unsurprisingly a series of substitutions for both teams and then the Stones had two opportunities to level as the game entered the final ten minutes. The first came when the substitute Bromley keeper known as Trialist A miskicked a back pass and it looped up into the air and only to be returned by Amaluzor who side footed a difficult volley just wide.
Shortly afterwards, Ibrhahim Olutade found himself with only the trialist keeper to beat. Olutade’s first touch wasn’t the greatest though and the Bromley keeper was quickly off his line to concede a corner.
Maidstone United: 1. Jake Cole, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 3. Luke Pennell (15. Noah Chesmain 61), 4. Clovis Kamdjo (20. Drew Richardson 58), 5. George Elokobi, 6. Lewis Knight, 7. Nana Kyei, 8. Sam Corne, 9. Jon Edwards (10. Ibrahim Olutade 69), 10. Trialist A (17. Jacob Gilbert 73), 11. Justin Amaluzor. Subs not used: 12. Cameron Williams, 14. Danny Divine, 16. Chris Lewington, 18. Dan Wishart, 19. Nathan Wood.
Bromley first half: 1. Mark Cousins, 2. Joe Kizzi, 3. Sam Wood, 4. Jordan Higgs, 5. Marc-Anthony Okoye, 7. Luke Coulson, 9. Michael Cheek, 10. Billy Bingham, 13. Chris Bush, 18. George Porter, 19. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild. Subs: 25. Trialist A (GK), 15. Alex Brefo, 22. Briggs Ojemen, 14. Trialist B, 15. Trialist C, 8. Frankie Raymond, 12. Alan Dunne, 27. Trialist D, 16. Korrey Henry, 17. Adrian Clifton, 20. Billy Craske.