Saturday 2 March 2019 // National League // Attendance: 956 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United are now 13 points from safety after they were thrashed by Solihull Moors and Dover Athletic won comfortably against Braintree Town.
The fortunes of the Maidstone and Solihull this season could not be more different. The Moors are gunning for the league title whilst The Stones are highly unlikely to avoid relegation back to the National League. And the differences between the two sides is also reflected in the fact that ten of the Moors’ squad have played 30 or more games this season whereas for the Stones, just three of their squad have achieved the same feat.
It was clear early on that the Stones were not going to enjoy their first win in the National League in front of the BT Sport cameras as within 33 minutes, Solihull Moors had raced into a 4-0 lead. Right from the outset, the Moors looked by far the stronger of the two sides. With just two minutes gone, Nathan Blissett found Darren Carter. Dion-Curtis Henry was quickly out to save with his leg and although Carter got to the rebound, Dan Wishart cleared it off the line.
Solihull kept pressing and Blisett got in but he was denied by a sliding challenge from Wishart. But on 10 minutes, the Moors finally got the break through. A long throw from George Carline was flicked on by Liam Daly and Jermaine Hylton brought the ball down before finishing well from close range.
Just four minutes later, the home side doubled their lead. Simon Walton conceded a free-kick close to the edge of the area and Darren Carter curled the ball through the wall and past the stranded Henry.
Maidstone were struggling to make any impact in the game and any chance they had of getting back into it went on 26 minutes. Once again a long throw Carline was instrumental as he hurled the ball into the box and Will De Havilland’s header looked to be going in until Hylton got the final touch at the back post.
Just five minutes later, Solihull had scored again. Wishart chopped down Danny Wright inside the box and Hylton calmly stroked home the resultant penalty to register a hat-trick inside only 33 minutes.
Unsurprisingly, the home side eased off the pressure in the second half and they didn’t go close again until 71 minutes had gone. Jamey Osborne ran into space down the right and his low drive went wide of the left post.
For the Stones, the only notable point of the second half until this stage was the introduction of Jake Embery. The striker replaced Blair Turgott to become the 56th player to feature for Maidstone United this season. And it was Embery who had the Stones’ first meaningful opportunity of the match within seconds of coming on as he drew a good save from Ryan Boot.
Late on, substitute Adi Yussuf tried to create room inside the box for a shot but De Havilland made a decent block. Then Jack Powell slipped the ball down the line for Embery to chase and from a tight angle, Embery lifted the ball over the line. But Yussuf was to finally get his 11th goal of the season in stoppage time when he finished a cross from Danny Wright.
Solihull Moors: Jermaine Hylton 10, 26, 33 (pen), Darren Carter 14, Adi Yussuf 90
Solihull Moors: 1. Ryan Boot, 4. Kyle Storer (17. Luke Maxwell 83), 5. Liam Daly, 6. Alex Gudger, 7. Jamey Osborne, 8. Darren Carter, 10. Jermaine Hylton (24. Terry Hawkridge 72), 12. George Carline, 13. Nathan Blissett (9. Adi Yussuf 67), 19. Danny Wright, 25. Lee Vaughan. Subs not used: 2. Tyrone Williams, 23. Matty Stenson.
Maidstone United:1. Dion-Curtis Henry, 22. Michael Phillips, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 5. Will De Havilland, 16. Dan Wishart, 20. Simon Walton, 8. Jack Powell, 21. Ollie Muldoon, 14. Justin Amaluzor (17. Leo Donnellan 90), 9. Elliott Romain, 11. Blair Turgott (15. Jake Embery 72).Subs not used: 2. Dan Merdith, 26. Chris Lewington 10. Jack Paxman.
Who was your man of the match against Solihull Moors?
- Jake Embery (54%, 59 Votes)
- Dion-Curtis Henry (9%, 10 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (8%, 9 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (7%, 8 Votes)
- Blair Turgott (7%, 8 Votes)
- Jack Powell (5%, 5 Votes)
- Justin Amaluzor (2%, 2 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (2%, 2 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (2%, 2 Votes)
- Leo Donnellan (2%, 2 Votes)
- Simon Walton (1%, 1 Votes)
- Shaun Donnellan (1%, 1 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 109