Maidstone United St Albans City // National League South // Attendance: (St Albans City supporters) // Match report by Ruth Tunnell // Saturday 28 September 2019
A Matt McClure hat-trick was the highlight of another comprehensive victory for the Stones as Maidstone United took full advantage of a defensive horror show from St Albans City.
This was the third time this season that the Stones had netted four times and although the visitors competed in the first half, they failed to register a meaningful shot on target during the match with Jake Cole in the Maidstone goal having very little to do all afternoon.
Maidstone started quickly and with just one minute gone, Dan Wishart slipped a decent ball down the line to Ibby Akanbi. Akanbi cut inside and with Sam Corne waiting in the middle, Akanbi elected for a near post shot which Dean Snedker diverted behind for a corner.
However, the tempo soon dropped and St Albans then had a couple of opportunities. A poor clearance from Luke Pennell went to Solomon Wabuokei who found Zane Banton who dragged his shot from the edge of the area just wide of the left post. Then not long after this, the ball dropped nicely to Darren Foxley whose fierce volley also missed the target.
But with 22 minutes gone, the deadlock was broken. Gavin Hoyte passed to Corne whose cross took a deflection and it fell at a nice height for Matt McClure who headed past Snedker.
Some sloppy play from Noah Chesmain then gifted St Albans possession inside the Maidstone box. Once again Wabuokei set up Banton and this time, Banton’s effort was deflected behind for a corner.
Although there hadn’t been a huge amount to choose between the two sides up until this point, the Stones went into the break two goals ahead. With the game in the 45th minute, Corne did well to win possession out on the right and he passed to McClure who tried his luck from 20 yards and the ball went under Snedker and into the net.
With an hour gone, Hoyte fed Corne who turned and hit a rising shot which went over but just three minutes later, Shulton got into a muddle as he tried to protect the ball in his own box. McClure spotted the opportunity and he eased Shulton off the ball before making room for a neat chipped finish to round off his hat-trick in style.
Some further poor defending from St Albans allowed Maidstone to add a fourth goal 16 minutes from time. Hoyte put a low ball into the middle of the box and the visitors could have perhaps cleared their lines but they failed to do so and Corne pounced to lash a loose ball into the net.
Maidstone United: Matt McClure 22, 45, 63, Sam Corne 74
St Albans City: –
Maidstone United: 1. Jake Cole, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 3. Luke Pennell (19. Ryan Johnson 73), 6. George Elokobi, 12. Noah Chesmain, 4. Clovis Kamdjo, 8. Sam Corne (17. Nana Kyei 79), 20. Dan Wishart, 18. Saidou Khan, 20. Matt McClure,10. Ibby Akanbi (9. Jonny Edwards 69). Subs not used: 16. Chris Lewington, 14. Jake Embery.
St Albans City: 1. Dean Snedker, 3. Tom Bender, 4. Scott Shulton, 5. David Longe-King, 6. James Kaloczi (2. Joe Howe 69), 11. Darren Foxley, 12. David Diedhiou, 14. David Noble (19. Sam Merson 68), 15. Zane Banton (18. Andronicos Georgiou 68), 9. Joe Iaciofano, 17. Solomon Wabuokei. Subs not used: 8. Taylor Miles, 16. Albert Adu.
Who was your man of the match against St Albans City?
- Matt McClure (67%, 123 Votes)
- Sam Corne (14%, 25 Votes)
- George Elokobi (10%, 18 Votes)
- Saidou Khan (4%, 8 Votes)
- Jake Cole (2%, 4 Votes)
- Jonny Edwards (1%, 1 Votes)
- Noah Chesmain (1%, 1 Votes)
- Clovis Kamdjo (1%, 1 Votes)
- Luke Pennell (1%, 1 Votes)
- Gavin Hoyte (1%, 1 Votes)
- Ibby Akanbi (0%, 0 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (0%, 0 Votes)
- Ryan Johnson (0%, 0 Votes)
- Nana Kyei (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 183