There were three changes for the Hawks following their mid-week clash against Tonbridge Angels, with Paul Doswell bringing in Paul Rooney, Joe Newton and striker Tommy Wright who comes back from a three-match suspension following a red card. Hawks’ returning new-signing. They lined up in a 4-3-3 formation.
Nicky Bailey was named on the bench, who was brought in due to nine players being out injured.
A minute’s silence took place to remember those who gave their tomorrow so we could have our today.
It was goalless at half-time, Pattisson had the first effort of the game as he darted down the pitch but the effort was straight at Will Mannion.
Wright came close in the 27th minute but it was straight at the Maidstone keeper. Hawks came to life in the last 20 minutes of the half as their best effort came just before the break when Clifford dinked it into the path of James Roberts, who struck the ball just over the bar.
It was a close half with both teams having similar chances, with neither team being able to break the deadlock.
There were a few chances in the second half, Odusanya smacked Will Mannion’s post after 20 minutes, which proved to be Maidstone’s best chance of the game.
Roberts had a number of efforts go just over the bar, with the biggest coming in the 80th minute when he cut inside and striked towards the near post but it was saved well by Sandford.
A clean sheet for the Hawks as the game ended Hawks 0, Maidstone 0.
Mike Green picked up a yellow within the first two minutes for a challenge on McGlashan.
There was an early Hawks scare as Pattisson darted towards goal but the shot was straight at Will Mannion.
A mix-up between Brown and Sandford almost lead to danger for Maidstone after pressure from Wright. Roberts was fouled on the edge of the area just a few minutes later and Clifford’s free-kick was just wide after deflecting off the Maidstone wall.
Hawks came close in the 27th minute as Wright managed to get a shot off after good wriggling from Rooney, but it was straight at the keeper and collected comfortably. The ball was lofted up to Pattisson who controlled the ball nicely in the Hawks’ area but it was straight over Mannion’s bar.
There were two good strikes in quick succession around the 34th minute from Roberts and Gobern but they were saved comfortably by Sandford.
The Hawks’ best effort of the half came just before the break as Paul Rooney won an aggressive header which made its way to Clifford in the middle of the park, he dinked it through to Roberts but the effort was just clear of the bar.
HT – Hawks 0 Maidstone 0
Some great football by the Hawks in the opening 5 minutes, just before Roberts won a 50/50 at the halfway line and ran the length of the pitch but fired too high.
A strike from Maistone forward Odusanya beat Will Mannion in the 58th minute but was saved by the post. McCarthy volleyed the ball as it fell to him outside the area but the effort was straight at Sandford.
Tommy Wright picked up a yellow card for a late challenge in the 61st minute. Chances came thick and fast for the Hawks, Clifford received the ball in the box from a Roberts cross but his light volley was wide.
A quiet 10 minutes was followed by The Stones’ first effort of the half as substitute Gurung tried his luck outside the 18 yard area but it was wide of Mannion’s goal. Roberts had another bending effort just before the 80th minute mark but it was over the top of the goal.
Nicky Bailey came on and made his return to the Draper Tools Community Stadium as the only Hawks sub in the 84th minute, before Hawks’ last big chance as Roberts shot at the near post but it was saved well.
A goalless afternoon at the Draper Tools Community Stadium.
FT – Hawks 0 Maidstone 0
MOTM – James Roberts
Hawks XI: Mannion (GK), Oastler ©, Green, McCarthy, Rooney, Clifford, Baggie, Newton, Gobern, Wright, Roberts
Hawks Subs: Searle (GK), Widdrington, Bailey, Chambers-Parrillon
Maidstone XI: Sandford (GK), Hoyte ©, Brown, Barham, Luque, McGlashan, Odusanya, Phillips, Pattisson, Binnom-Williams, Deacon
Maidstone Subs: Hadler (GK), Gurung, Grant, Pavey, Walters
Written By: Adam Nixon