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Maidstone United 2 Hampton & Richmond 0 match report

By Craig Tucker
Jack Parkinson Picture: Martin Apps
Jack Parkinson Picture: Martin Apps

Maidstone continued their perfect start to the Ryman League Premier Division season with a 2-0 win over Hampton on Tuesday night.

Goals from Frannie Collin and Jack Parkinson secured a fourth straight victory for United who remain top of the table on goal difference from Margate.

There was an early scare for Maidstone when Billy Adcock's 25-yard strike crashed back off the bar.

But Stones found their way and after a long spell of possession in their own half, a swift break saw Stephen Butcher play a one-two with Collin before fizzing a ball across goal that was fired over by Alex Flisher at the far post.

Moments later, in the eighth minute, Stones were ahead with the impressive Jay May's clever ball from the edge of the box feeding Collin who finished first time.

Flisher hit the side-netting after latching on to a flick soon after, while Collin fired over after a short free-kick by Matt Bodkin.

Hampton tried their luck again from range with Ben Harris' 35-yard free-kick well saved by Worgan.

Stones finished the half strongly, Bodkin driving a ball across goal that just needed a touch, Sonny Miles heading over a far-post corner and May going close after Collin whipped in a free-kick.

Hampton had the last chance of the first half with Luke Wanadio hitting the side-netting after lobbing Worgan from outside the area.

An end-to-end second half had a steady tempo before springing into life on 64 minutes when Tom Mills and Flisher combined to play in substitute Ben Greenhalgh whose fierce strike was beaten out.

Stones then doubled their lead a minute later when Parkinson headed home Flisher's far-post corner.

United, with Bodkin and Greenhalgh causing plenty of problems, went after a third goal.

But Hampton remained a threat on the break and it took a decent save at his near post from Worgan to deny Wanadio after Butcher was for once caught out.

The hosts finished on the attack with Collin's diving header from Flisher's cross going just wide.

Maidstone: Worgan, Butcher, Mills, Coyle, Miles, Brown (Rogers 71mins) Bodkin, Parkinson (Phillips 80mins), May (Greenhalgh 59mins), Colllin, Flisher. Subs not used: Robertson, Godmon.

Attendance: 1,473

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