Maidstone United v Slough Town, Gallagher Stadium, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent. Saturday 17th August. Kick-Off 15h00
The 'old' Maidstone United folded in 1992 at the completion of their third season in the Football League Division Four. Ten season's later, in 2001/02 the 'new' Maidstone United competed in the Kent League following the name change of Kent Invicta FC. The Stones then played in the Kent League for five seasons; nine seasons in the Isthmian League, winning the championship in 2014/15. The following season, in National South, they finished in 3rd place and beat Ebbsfleet United in a penalty shoot-out in the play-offs, to gain consecutive promotions.
Their three season stint at the top level of non-League football ended last season when they propped up the division. Last seasons' record:
P46 Home: W3 D4 L16 GF17 GA39: Away W6 D3 L14 GF20 GA43 Points 34
Their three home victories were against Barnet (2 - 1), Barrow ( 1 - 0) and Havant & Waterlooville (2 - 0).
Their heaviest home defeat being 0 - 3 (Dagenham & Redbridge) and, away, 5 - 0 (Solihull Moors).
In the F.A. Cup they reached the 2nd Round Proper before losing 0 - 2 (H) against Oldham Athletic; having beaten Macclesfield Town 2 - 1 (H) and Leyton Orient 2 - 0 (H) in the earlier rounds.
The F.A. Trophy saw Maidstone reach the Quarter Final, when they lost against Stockport County D 1 - 1 (A), L 0 - 3 (H, replay). In the preceding rounds they knocked out Salford City D 1 - 1 (A), W 3 - 0 (H, replay); Oxford City W 1 - 0 (H); and Woking D 1 - 1 (A), W 3 - 2 (H, aet).
This season, with a largely new squad of players, their realistic objective is consolidation and a mid-table finish.
They have played Weymouth (L 1 - 2, H); Welling United (L 1 - 0, A); Hungerford Town (W 1 - 3, A); and Eastbourne Borough (D 0 - 0, H).
Jordan Amaluzor, Dan Wishart, Nana Kyei, and Clovis Kamdjo scoring their goals.
Jake Cole (GK), Gavin Hoyte, Ryan Johnson, George Elokobi, Nana Kyei, Sam Corne, Saidou Khan, Dan Wishart and Ibby Akanbi have appeared in all four of these fixtures.
Maidstone United are a well supported team and the two home matches played have recorded gates of 2,105 (Weymouth) and 1,713 (Eastbourne Borough).
Slough Town have not played the 'new' Maidstone United. They last played in the 1st Round Proper of the F.A. Trophy in season 1977/78 when Rebels eventually lost the tie. Having drawn 0 - 0 (H) and 1 - 1 (A), the tie went to a third match, played at Carshalton Athletic, with Slough Town losing by the only goal of the game.
In the league the two teams last met in the Corinthian League in season 1956/57 when they played the matches during Easter. Results
Slough Town 0 - 0 Maidstone United; Maidstone United 5 - 1 Slough Town. Rebels goal being an own-goal.
Bookies Odds: Maidstone United Win 5/6; the Draw 49/18; Slough Town Win 17/5.
Prediction: I will sit on the fence this time.
Maidstone United 1 - 1 Slough Town