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Maidstone United 3 Wingate & Finchley 0 match report

Maidstone's Alex Flisher. Picture: Martin Apps
Maidstone's Alex Flisher. Picture: Martin Apps

Maidstone returned to the top of the Ryman League Premier Division with a 3-0 win over Wingate & Finchley.

The club's first-ever Sunday match at the Gallagher Stadium captured the imagination of supporters with a crowd of 1,801 the biggest of the season.

They saw Alex Flisher set up first-half goals for Steve Watt and Jack Parkinson from long throws before adding the third himself after the break.

Wingate held their own early on but lost heart at 2-0 down as Jay Saunders' side dominated.

United, who started the day a point behind Margate in second place, went in front with Watt's bullet header from a Flisher long throw on 15 minutes.

Ben Greenhalgh had a fierce strike turned round the post after a strong run, then Flisher glanced a header wide from Matt Bodkin's cross as United took charge.

Flisher was involved in everything United did well and it took an excellent save from Bobby Smith to deny him having been picked out by Parkinson's 50-yard pass.

Shortly after, Maidstone doubled their lead with Flisher's long throw to the far post nodded home by Parkinson on 40 minutes.

Stones keeper Lee Worgan barely touched the ball as Maidstone controlled the second half.

A third goal looked a matter of time and it arrived on 62 minutes with Bodkin - seconds after seeing an effort blocked by Smith - crossed for Flisher to rise at the far post.

The scoreline could have been anything after that with Smith denying substitute Bradley Jordan after a decent run, while headers from Watt and Parkinson hit the post.

Maidstone: Worgan, Simpson, Mills, Watt, Miles, Rogers (Jordan 69mins), Bodkin, Parkinson, Greenhalgh, Collin (Brown 72mins), Flisher (May 65mins). Subs not used: Starkey, Godmon.

Attendance: 1,801.

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