Match preview: Maidstone United (a)

The Spireites could go ten games unbeaten on Saturday as they face a long away trip down to Maidstone, looking to bounce back from a ‘sluggish’ performance against Yeovil. Paul Cook has decisions to make all over the park when it comes to selecting his squad as the gaffer will be looking to get a better performance out of the lads.  

Here’s all you need to know…

Match details

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Maidstone United 

Location: Gallagher Stadium

Matchday Coverage

Live radio commentary

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The Opposition

Fact file

Name: Maidstone United 

Nicknames: The Stones

Founded: 1992

Stadium: Gallagher Stadium

Capacity: 4,200

Manager: Hakan Hayrettin

On Maidstone United

Maidstone have spent their short footballing history in the non-league pyramid. They were first promoted to the National League in 2016 but were relegated after three seasons in the National League. 

Last season they were crowned champions of the National League South and regained their National League status. Maidstone were without a stadium of their own from their creation until 2012 when the Gallagher Stadium, located near Maidstone town centre, was opened at the start of the 2012/13 season where they have been ever since.

Maidstone have started the season reasonably well, sitting in 15th position. The club will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a recent drop in form over the past few games. This season the club will be hoping to sustain their National League status and then push on in future seasons.

One to watch

Sam Corne is an English-born midfielder who has a wealth of experience in the non-league pyramid. The 25-year-old began his career at Welling United and has had a number of clubs since, such as Braintree and Greenwich. 

He joined the club in 2019 and this season has made seven appearances, scoring three goals. Corne will be hungry for more goals and appearances this season to work his way up the footballing pyramid whilst also achieving success for the Stones.

Recent Form

Chesterfield FC: W/W/D

Maidstone United: L/D/L

Last time we met

The last time the two sides met was back in April 2019, with the Spireites recording a 4-1 victory at the Technique Stadium.

Team news

Akwasi Asante and Armando Dobra will both be hoping they can come back into the squad on Saturday after the pair have missed out in recent weeks through injury.

Jez Uchegbulam could be knocking on the door for a place in the starting XI after making an impact last time out and scoring his first professional goal.

Lucas Covolan will be hoping to keep his place between the sticks, with Ross Fitzsimons waiting in the wing. 

Gary Roberts’ thoughts:

“They are a really hard-working team. They have a way of playing. They look to stick to it. They’ve conceded a couple of goals. They’ve got threats as every team in this division does. We’ve got to concentrate fully on ourselves.”