Monday 22 April 2019 // National League //Attendance: 1,858 (90 Maidstone United supporters) // Report by Ruth Tunnell
Two penalties from Blair Turgott gave the Stones a deserved point at Sutton United but it was not enough to stop Maidstone from finishing bottom of the National League.
It took just nine minutes for the home side to open the scoring. Rob Swaine accidentally headed the ball into the path of Dylan Kearney who lofted the ball over the stranded Dion-Curtis Henry.
The Stones grew into the game as the half wore on and they created a couple of opportunities. A long free-kick from Henry picked out the towering Swaine who was off balance and he directed his header wide. Then Elliott Romain picked out Aron Davies whose shot wide before a free-kick from Jack Powell came to Swaine who had got around the back of the U’s defence and his volley went over the bar.
Sutton should have gone in at the break two goals in front though. Henry was unable to fully push the ball away following a throw and the ball went to Harry Beautyman who snatched at the opportunity when well placed and he blazed the ball over the bar.
Early on in the second half, a lovely through ball from Jack Powell was latched onto by Turgott. Turgott only had Ross Worner to beat and he went for a placed effort low to Worner’s right but the Sutton keeper made the save.
Maidstone were trying to push forwards wherever possible though and they were rewarded with an equaliser on 53 minutes. Powell’s corner was met by a thumping header from Swaine and the ball was going in until Craig Eastmond handled it on the line. Eastmond saw red for the offence and Turgott sent Warner the wrong way from the spot.
For a brief spell after this, the Stones looked the more likely to score before Sutton threatened again. This time Gime Toure tricked himself into space inside the area only to hit a rising effort straight at Henry. At the other end, Justin Amaluzor also did well to get past a couple of U’s defenders and then dragged the ball wide.
Then all of a sudden Sutton went back in front on 76 minutes. Substitute Neset Bellikli put an excellent ball over the top for Brett Williams to chase and with Henry drawn from his line, Williams thumped a decent finish past the Maidstone keeper and into the net.
As the game entered its later stages, Sutton could only clear the ball as far as Turgott who was inside the area. Turgott’s shot was well placed but it was matched by a good save from Warner.
Toure threatened to add some gloss to the U’s scoreline with an effort from close to the edge of the box which fizzed just over but with five minutes of stoppage time played, Maidstone equalised. Substitute Jake Embrey was pushed over in the box and Turgott stroked the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net to give the Stones a share of the points.
Sutton United: Dylan Kearney 9, Brett Williams 76
Maidstone United: Blair Turgott 53 (pen), 90 (pen)
Sutton United: 1. Ross Worner, 2. Dale Bennett (3. Aswad Thomas 38), 7. Tom Bolarinwa, 15. Craig Eastmond, 19. Harry Beautyman, 11. Dylan Kearney, 25. Jonathan Barden, 28. Brett Williams, 9. Gime Toure, 21. Roarie Deacon (30. Jude Mason 77), 33. James Dobson (34. Neset Bellikli 63). Subs not used: 10. Jonah Ayunga, 12. Crossley Lema.
Maidstone United: 1. Dion-Curtin Henry, 6. Aron Davies, 25. Rob Swaine, 5. Will De Havilland, 16. Dan Wishart, 21. Ollie Muldoon, 23. Jack Richards (Michael Phillips 34), Jack Powell (Jake Embrey 71), 14. Justin Amaluzor, 9. Elliott Romain, 11. Blair Turgott. Subs not used: 20. Simon Walton, 30. Jarvis Edobor, 26. Chris Lewington.
Who was your man of the match against Sutton United?
- Blair Turgott (42%, 25 Votes)
- Elliott Romain (10%, 6 Votes)
- Jake Embery (7%, 4 Votes)
- Jack Richards (7%, 4 Votes)
- Dan Wishart (7%, 4 Votes)
- Justin Amaluzor (7%, 4 Votes)
- Jack Powell (5%, 3 Votes)
- Will De Havilland (5%, 3 Votes)
- Rob Swaine (5%, 3 Votes)
- Aron Davies (3%, 2 Votes)
- Dion-Curtis Henry (2%, 1 Votes)
- Ollie Muldoon (0%, 0 Votes)
- Michael Phillips (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 59