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Chesterfield 4 Maidstone United 1 match report

By Craig Tucker

Blair Turgott scored his first goal since November as Maidstone lost an entertaining game at Chesterfield.

Both sides went for it at the Proact Stadium with Turgott cancelling out Bradley Barry’s opener.

But in-form Scott Boden restored the Spireites’ lead midway through the second half and a game full of chances was settled by a late Will De Havilland own goal and Lawrence Maguire’s injury-time strike.

Maidstone United head coach Hakan Hayrettin Picture: Sean Aidan
Maidstone United head coach Hakan Hayrettin Picture: Sean Aidan

Chesterfield made the better start and had several good chances before taking the lead but Maidstone grew into it and deserved their leveller, finishing the first half on the attack.

Early on for the hosts, giant striker Tom Denton couldn’t sort out his feet after Ellis Chapman beat Michael Phillips and De Havilland and squared.

Curtis Weston should have scored after good work by Boden and when the pair combined in reverse, Dan Wishart prevented a tap-in at the back post, with Maguire sending a free header wide from the corner.

A goal looked inevitable and it arrived in the 18th minute with Chapman’s corner cleared to Barry whose speculative 30-yard strike took a big deflection on its way past Chris Lewington.

Eliott Romain missed a big chance to level seconds later, going through one on one after Aron Davies won the ball in midfield but he went wide taking the ball past keeper Joe Anyon and the opportunity was gone.

Weston fired over and De Havilland made a crucial block to deny Boden before Maidstone, who’d been looking bright in attack, levelled in the 36th minute.

Jack Powell played a superb ball in behind the home defence for Turgott who rounded Anyon and scored his first goal since returning from injury.

The good work was almost undone a minute later, Davies with the block from Boden this time.

But United were playing well and had a good chance in added time when another fine ball from Powell released Amaluzor.

The Stones winger got the better of Anyon but Josef Yarney denied him on the goalline.

Rob Swaine built on a strong first half by winning header after header at the start of the second but a rare mistake let in Boden who lobbed Lewington only to see the ball hit the post.

Just before that, Maidstone were in on goal when Amaluzor shook off Yarney out wide and broke into the box but Anyon saved at his near post.

Turgott then skimmed the roof of the net from Phillips’ pass but Chesterfield went 2-1 up seconds later.

The goal came in the 68th minute with big Denton winning the header from Will Evans’ cross for Boden to turn and finish neatly.

Maidstone continued to have a go, Turgott close again, Davies thumping inches wide after Phillips’ cracking crossfield ball picked out Powell, and Romain denied by the offside flag.

But Chesterfield had their third six minutes from time with Chapman’s cross appearing to go in off a Stones defender, later given as De Havilland.

Number four followed in added time when Maguire wrapped his left foot around the ball from 20 yards.

Maidstone: Lewington, Phillips, De Havilland, Swaine, Wishart, Davies, Taylor (Embery 81mins), Powell, Turgott, Romain (Richards 90mins), Amaluzor. Subs not used: Strizovic, Muldoon, Williams. Attendance: 4,592 (140 away).

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