Maidstone’s winless run reached 17 games as their slide into the National League South continued at Maidenhead.

The Magpies were the last team United had beaten – a 3-2 win at the Gallagher in late November.

Maidstone United acting boss George Elokobi. Image: Steve Terrell

But a first-half brace from Emile Acquah ensured no repeat, with Regan Booty scoring a late second-half goal.

Seventeen games equal the Stones’ winless run in the 2017/18 National League season, though back then their breakneck form at the start of the season meant safety was never seriously in question.

Maidstone made two changes to the team beaten on penalties by Barnet in the FA Trophy last weekend.


James Alabi took first place following the transfer of Jack Barham to Aldershot, while Booty returned in midfield for the injured Roarie Deacon.

Maidstone started brilliantly at York Road, shooting the ball very well into midfield, though without opening up the home defence.

Booty was attentive, distributing the game very well, and the visitors looked comfortably the better side in the first 15 minutes or so.

Maidenhead, who seemed happy to let Maidstone have the ball, grew into the game, with Sam Barratt and Reece Smith combining to good results on the right.

The first goal, however, came from the opposite flank, as Maidenhead took the lead on 23 minutes, a cross from the left finished off by Acquah from a couple of yards away.

The Stones faded after their promising start, with passes deflected and it seemed increasingly unlikely that they would bother Alex Andre Jr, who barely touched the ball.


A second goal for the hosts followed in the 32nd minute.

There was a touch of good fortune about that, as Dominic Osusanya’s pass attempt was knocked down and landed nicely on Ashley Nathaniel-George, whose cross from the left presented Acquah with another simple finisher.

Kane Ferdinand headed in from a corner and saw a volley from the edge of the box miss by inches as Maidenhead threatened again.

Mamadou Jobe sent a header near the post from Booty’s corner early in the second half – Maidstone’s first real chance of the game.

Immediately after that, Josh Shonibare fired wide after a decent run from Mark Marshall and then worked Andre Jr with a low shot from the edge of the box.

As in the early stages of the first half, Maidstone came into reasonable possession.

Again, they never looked likely to break down the home defense in open play, but a set piece brought them back into the game on 76 minutes after Bivesh Guring was fouled on the edge of the box.

A well-worked free kick paid off, with Booty rolling the ball to Odusanya before burying the return pass in the bottom corner.

Maidenhead came close to an instant reply, with former Stones defender Will De Havilland denied by Barden’s legs.

Virginity: Andre Jr, Asare, De Havilland, Barratt (McCoulsky 71 min), Nathaniel-George (Beckwith 90+4 min), Ferdinand, Acquah, Odutayo, Smith (Leathers 77 min), Massey, Adams. Unused Substitutes: Upward, Eweka.

Maidstone: Barden, Fowler, Jobe, Bone, Binnon-Williams, Booty, Gurung, Odusanya, Shonibare, Alabi (Wanjau-Smith 61 minutes), Marshall (Berkoe 61 minutes). Unused Subs: Mersin, Brown, Lawson.

Referee: Jacob Miles.

Attendance: 1,085.


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