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Match Preview: Maidstone United v Macclesfield Town

10 November 2018

Macclesfield Town make the long journey down to Kent this afternoon, as Maidstone provide our opposition in the Emirates FA Cup First Round.

The Silkmen will be looking to secure a safe passage into the Second Round of the competition against the National League outfit, yet The Stones will provide no easy task for Danny and Neil's side.

Ahead of the game Danny has stressed the fact that he is looking for the players to give their all this afternoon and show both him and Neil that they deserve to keep their shirt for the resumption of League Two action.

Speaking ahead of the game, here are Danny's thought's in full -

With Callum Evans and Danny Whitaker the only remaining injury concerns, The Silkmen will be able to boast a strong squad ahead of the game. Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell are both thought to play some part in the game after recovering from their respective injuries, which has undoubtedly given us all a boost.

Maidstone are currently 18th in the National League, having accumulated 18 points from their opening 19 games.

They come in to the game on the back of an impressive 2 - 0 victory at Barnet last week. Blair Turgott opened the scoring just before the half hour mark and Gold Omotayo helped end a run of five matches without a win by slotting home the second ten minutes from time.

The Stones have hosted nine National League matches at The Gallagher Stadium so far this season and have been victorious on just the one occasion when Barrow were beaten 1 - 0 back on August 18th.

The spoils have been shared against Hartlepool and Chesterfield, whilst defeats have been suffered against Leyton orient, Boreham Wood, Sutton, Harrogate, Bromley and Solihull.

The Kent side boosted their ranks yesterday, as they snapped up former Dover and Crawley midfielder Aryan Tajbakhsh.

Stones Manager Harry Wheeler told the Maidstone  website -

“Aryan has Football League experience and was a regular in the Crawley team last year.

"He is a reliable performer who is capable of putting in consistent performances in numerous positions at this level.

“He is another man who is coming in with the right character and the right mindset and he will give the supporters everything he has got every single week.”

You can read a complete history of our trips to Maidstone and a round-up of those who have played for both teams by clicking on the relevant links.

Prices are set at -

Adults: £15.00

Concessions (65+/students with valid ID): £12.00

Youth (11 to 16 year olds): £7.00

Junior (Under 11): £2.00

Parking within the stadium is reserved. The nearest car parks are:

Invicta House Pay and Display: off Lower Boxley Road, ME14 1XX

Sandling Road Pay and Display: Maidstone, ME14 1AA (Five minute walk)

Maidstone East Station Pay and Display: Off Week Street, Maidstone, ME14 1QN (Seven minute walk)

Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre: off Fairmeadow, Maidstone, ME14 1PS (Eight minute walk)

Motorists are advised that the surrounding streets have parking restrictions and only residents with permits can park there.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Maidstone 2-1 Macclesfield

10 November 2018

Ben Stephens’ first-half strike wasn’t enough for the Silkmen as they bowed out of this years' FA Cup in a 2-1 defeat to the hands of Maidstone United.

Stephens gave Macc the lead fourteen minutes into the game as Whitaker and Howarth’s men controlled the first-half.

However, second-half goals from Jack Powell and a Blair Turgott penalty subjected Macclesfield to defeat.

Going into the game, Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth made four changes to the side that lost to Bury last time out. Most notably Ryan Lloyd took his place in the starting eleven for the first time since returning from injury and Elliott Durrell was also fit enough to take a place on the bench.

Macclesfield started the game the better out of the two sides and came close to opening the scoring two minutes in. Peter Vincenti found Ben Stephens in the box, but the forward couldn’t connect with the ball after trying an acrobatic effort.

However, the forward wasn’t to be denied a goal for long. On fourteen minutes, Malachi Napa showed Maidstone’s Simon Walton a clean pair of heels before finding Stephens in the box, who duly smashed the ball home to make it 0-1.

Chances were few and far between in the first-half but the Silkmen were still looking dangerous. Maidstone goalkeeper Grant Smith had to be on his toes to stop Peter Vincenti’s cross from finding its target in the box and Harry Smith sent a long-range effort just wide of the mark.

HT: Maidstone 0 Macclesfield 1

Maidstone found themselves level just after the break. Peter Vincenti gave away a free-kick on the left-hand side and Jack Powell fired the set-piece into the top-right hand corner.

If the first-half was a quiet affair, the second-half was proving to be the complete opposite. Maidstone thought they’d taken the lead after Walton’s shot cannoned back off the post on fifty-three minutes.

However, the Silkmen countered and Ben Stephens came agonisingly close to putting Macc back in front, but Grant Smith made a fantastic double save to deny the young striker.

The hosts were growing into the game. Blair Turgott fired a shot over the bar and Kieran O’Hara was kept on his toes after he saved a shot from a tight-angle from Jake Cassidy.

Although on sixty-eight minutes Maidstone did take the lead. Jamie Grimes was adjudged to have fouled a Maidstone player in the box and referee Neil Hair pointed to the spot.

Blair Turgott stepped up to take and placed the ball past Kieran O’Hara. 2-1.

Whitaker and Howarth substituted on Nathan Blissett and Elliott Durrell made a return to first-team action, as Macc looked to take the game back to the Moss Rose to a replay. However, it wasn’t to be as Maidstone attempted to kill the tie off.

Blair Turgott had two efforts at goal, the first a shot that was sent wide of the mark, the second a free-kick hit straight at O’Hara into stoppage time but the score stayed the same.

FT: Maidstone 2 Macclesfield 1


Attendance: 2,169

Macclesfield Starting XI: O’Hara, Hodgkiss, Fitzpatrick ©, Kelleher, Grimes, Smith, Lloyd (80’ Durrell), Stephens, Napa (72’ Blissett), Vincenti (65’ Welch-Hayes), Rose.

Subs Not Used: Lowe, Wilson, Taylor, Arthur.

By Andrew Gate


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Ticket News

Maidstone Ticket News

8 November 2018

Ahead of this weekend's FA Cup First Round tie at Maidstone United, we are pleased to bring you the ticket news ahead of the game.

Tickets will be available on the day from The Gallagher Stadium, with prices set as follows -

Adults: £15.00

Concessions (65+/students with valid ID): £12.00

Youth (11 to 16 year olds): £7.00

Junior (Under 11): £2.00

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