MAID­STONE UNITED 2 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 1

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND PROPER - By Ruth Tun­nell

FIRST-HALF goals from Ja­mar Loza and Dar­ius Osei en­sured Maid­stone fi­nally reg­is­tered their first win at home since Oc­to­ber at the ex­pense of brave Bostik North side Heybridge Swifts.

But it took a glar­ing early miss from Swifts’ Lewis God­bold to get the Na­tional League side mo­tor­ing – the striker latch­ing onto Lewis Dark’s through ball in­side the box only to lift his chance over the bar.

Maid­stone made him pay on 28 min­utes when Jai Rea­son crossed from the left and Loza fired a low ef­fort past Danny Sam­bridge, al­though the ball did ap­pear to hit his arm.

Then, two min­utes be­fore the break, Joe An­der­son’s deep corner found Josh Hare, who headed the ball back across the box and Osei ar­rived to nod in his first goal for the Stones.

Maid­stone dom­i­nated the sec­ond half with De­lano SamYorke squan­der­ing a cou­ple of chances be­fore Heybridge en­sured a nervy last 10 min­utes for the Stones – Juan Luque show­ing ex­cel­lent tech­nique to rif­fle in a vol­ley from the edge of the box.

STAR MAN: Dar­ius Osei (Maid­stone) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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