Maidstone United 3 Faversham Town 0
Maidstone United are celebrating promotion after beating
Faversham 3-0 in the Ryman League Division 1 South play-off final
A sell-out crowd of 2,226 at the Gallagher Stadium saw United
clinch their return to the Ryman League Premier Division after a
Stones went in front on 11 minutes when a seven-pass move from
left to right ended with Ade Olorunda meeting Michael Phillips'
cross with a thumping header.
Former Maidstone striker Danny Hockton missed a golden chance to
equalise after losing his marker from Toby Ashmore's cross.
But United regained control with Phillips blazing over after
charging down Matt Bourne's attempted clearance.
Danny Lye pulled an effort wide from the edge of the box and
Alex Flisher saw his near-post strike kept out by Simon Overland
with Dan Stubbs' follow-up deflected wide.
Stones eventually doubled their lead on 35 minutes when
Flisher's long throw was glanced home by Olorunda.
Faversham looked beaten and should have conceded again before
the break but Phillips stroked the ball wide.
United continued to dominate after the break. Draycott had an
effort blocked on the line by Bourne from Rory Hill's cross.
Chants of 'We are going up' broke out after substitute Alex
Brown made it 3-0 on 68 minutes. He fed Hill whose cross was
knocked down by Olorunda for Brown to stab home after Faversham
failed to clear.
Substitute Paul Booth sent an effort wide and Phillips'
last-minute chip hit the side-netting.
Maidstone: Mitten, Stubbs, Mills, Watt (Sobers
25mins), Andrews, Lye, Hill, Phillips, Olorunda (Booth
72mins), Draycott (Brown 64mins), Flisher. Subs not used: King,
Faversham: Overland, Lacy, Maxted, Ashmore,
Bourne, Peacock, Marsden, Wilson (Lawrence 58mins), Hockton (Oliver
74mins), Harvey, Botterill (Tenuye 16mins). Subs not used:
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