Article by Johnnie Lowery
A disappointing performance on Saturday duly saw Maidstone overcome Sutton, a missed opportunity given Macclesfield and Tranmere were also defeated.
The first chance of the game came for Paul Doswell’s men, a deep freekick finding Byron Harrison but there was no accuracy behind his effort and Lee Worgan was able to deny him. 5 minutes later Maidstone thought they had taken the lead when Jamal Loza headed home from a cross on the right hand side. However the referee’s whistle had gone for a push on Jamie Collins, a decision that seemed harsh on the Kent side. Kenny Davis will perhaps feel he should have done better with a header inside the box but it was Maidstone who generally looked the more lively, Butler having to be on hand to deny Loza, with Delano Sam-Yorke also coming close with a low shot after a quick attack.
The opening few minutes of the second half were bright, and Craig Eastmond really ought to have given his side the lead when Tommy Wright timed his run well and squared the ball, but the effort was dragged wide of the post. The home side began to take control at this point, Sam-Yorke heading one just over with Butler having to be on hand to deny Sam-Yorke again after the ball was carelessly given away in the midfield area. Sutton were to be punished for their slackness on the ball though, another lost ball in midfield this time eventually finding its way through to Stuart Lewis who finished with the help of a deflection. Sutton gave it one last go, a deep freekick falling to Louis John but his effort went over the bar and not long after the full time whistle went, Maidstone completing the double over Sutton this season.