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Dulwich Hamlet 0 Maidstone United 0 - Maidstone are Ryman League champions

By Craig Tucker
Maidstone fans celebrate promotion to Conference South. Picture: Martin Apps
Maidstone fans celebrate promotion to Conference South. Picture: Martin Apps

Maidstone are effectively Ryman League Premier Division champions after a goalless draw at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday.

Stones fans invaded the pitch after news of Hendon's 0-0 draw at Grays filtered through.
Hendon can only match United's total of 95 points in their last two games but have a vastly inferior goal difference.

Dulwich were on top in a first half of few chances, with Stones getting away with a couple of early mistakes in defence playing against the wind.

It took Maidstone 20 minutes to put a move together, Jack Parkinson and Frannie Collin exchanging passes before Jay May's shot on the turn was blocked.

Lee Worgan, earlier down for treatment on after landing on his head taking a high ball, did well to put Harry Ottaway off when the Dulwich man went clean through as United called for offside.

Maidstone players were carried from the field of play during the post-match celebrations. Picture: Martin Apps
Maidstone players were carried from the field of play during the post-match celebrations. Picture: Martin Apps

For all their possession Hamlet only threatened again at the end of the half, Steve Watt snuffing out Nyren Clunis before the ball broke for Ashley Carew whose 20-yard strike effort was well held.

Collin worked Dulwich keeper Phil Wilson from distance before Shane Huke saved Stones with a goalline block at the other end.

Stones introduced Ben Greenhalgh with 20 minutes left and his first contribution was a cracking low cross that just evaded Collin.

With the game opening up, Worgan denied Xavier Vidal after decent Dulwich possession.
Maidstone substitute Billy Bricknell smashed a later chance over when the ball dropped in the box, then Bodkin cleared the bar after a strong run.

Maidstone: Worgan, Stone, Starkey, Watt, Huke, Rogers, Bodkin, Parkinson, May, Collin (Bricknell 84mins), Brown (Greenhalgh 70mins). Subs not used: Coyle, Miles, Godmon.
Attendance: 3,000.

It's party time for Maidstone after they won the Ryman League Premier Division. Picture; Martin Apps
It's party time for Maidstone after they won the Ryman League Premier Division. Picture; Martin Apps

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