Yemi seals safety for Stones in magnificent finish

On the final day of the Easter bank holiday weekend, the Stones entertained eleventh placed Boreham Wood.

A Victory in this National League encounter would confirm Maidstone United’s National League status for another season.

Jay Saunders was forced to make a late change to the starting eleven when Jamar Loza had to pull out through injury Bobby-Joe Taylor announced as his replacement.

Stuart Lewis returned to the starting eleven, Magnus Okuonghae and Yemi Odubade kept their starting places.

The Gallagher stadium with a crowd of almost three thousand was in full voice when the game started.

The Stones were relatively untroubled in the first half and looked the stronger of the two sides.

At half time, Jay Saunders brought on Jack Paxman for Bobby-Joe Taylor.

Second half the Stones started well but were tiring and Boreham Wood looked the more likely to grab a winner.

The bench lacked attacking options with Bobby-Joe Taylor already being used and it looked like the Stones were just going to hold out for a draw.

The long travelling week had taken its toll on the players.

On the third and final minute of stoppage time the Stones pushed forward looking for a winning goal.

Yemi Odubade latched onto a Reece Prestedge pass and neatly finished past the Boreham Wood keeper in front of a Jubilant North Stand.

The relief was immense Yemi led a player charge across the pitch to the Stones manager Jay Saunders as the crowd erupted into full voice.

The Stones had sealed their National League status for another season.

Maidstone United 1 – 0 Boreham Wood


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