On a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium I took up my favoured spot in the North Stand.
The North stand was once again in good voice and so the stage was set for an epic encounter between promotion chasing Barrow and a Maidstone United side unbeaten in seven games.
The Stones started strongly but against the run of play Barrow were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Lee Worgan caught out of position and possibly unsighted missed the free kick and the Bluebirds went one-nil up.
Maidstone did not let their heads go down, worked as a team and put the Barrow defence under immense pressure.
Paxman, Flisher, Loza, Pigott and Lewis all causing the Barrow side plenty of problems. Jack Paxman was in fine form, positional play, passing and vision all perfect today. A great driving strike from Paxman hit the post as the Stones looked for the equaliser.
Eventually all the pressure paid off and an equaliser deservedly came just before the half time whistle. The ball dropped in the box, a brilliant touch from Joe Pigott and a quality finish levelled the score.
Joe Pigott on loan from Cambridge United has been in fine form and looks to be enjoying his time at the Stones.
The second half continued much the same as the first Paxman having a shot blocked on the line. Lewis and Prestedge were running the show in midfield allowing Paxman the freedom to attack the Barrow defence.
Loza and Flisher were causing havoc on the wings with Paxman overlapping.
Alex Flisher was strong, showed good feet and his long throws were giving the Barrow defence a hard time.
Jamar Loza was pulling the defence out of position and with the midfield overlapping the attacks flowed.
Jon Flatt the Barrow keeper was called into action numerous times as he made save after save to try and keep his side in the game.
On the sixty second minute a goal mouth scramble and sheer persistence from Stuart Lewis grabbed the Stones a winning goal.
The Stones continued to apply pressure and deserved a third.
Despite Barrow going to a four two four formation the defence held solid and Barrow were beaten.
The score reflected another milestone and just how far this team has come in eight games. The Stones are now eight games unbeaten and remain top of the form table.
Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders recently voted manger of the month will be once again proud of his team today.
An epic encounter and a well deserved three points, well done lads.
Maidstone United 2 – 1 Barrow