Saturday Maidstone United hosted Barnet FC at the Gallagher stadium as the Stones pre-season fixture list got underway.
A crowd of eight hundred and sixty-one, a small one by Stones usual standards were in small voice for this game.
Many had decided to save their money for the game vs Crystal Palace next weekend which is now a sell-out.
Former Stones and now Aldershot player Bobby Joe Taylor was in the crowd.
Jay Saunders decided upon two teams for the match with each team getting forty-five minutes.
Barnet had three teams each playing thirty minutes and the Stones welcomed back ex Maidstone Player Dan Sweeney who was in the starting team.
Sweeney looked composed in the middle of the park as he linked up well with his team mates.
The first of the two Maidstone United teams contained a majority of trialists and only a handful of first team players.
The first team started badly and after three minutes went a goal down.
The team looked disorganised and lacked a real sharpness when going forward.
The midfield was carried by Reece Prestedge and Jack Paxman and up-front Delano Sam Yorke was completely isolated on his own.
New signing Josh Hare played in the right back position and had a reasonable first game showing some potential.
Meanwhile new signing Tom Wraight looked a little of pace, and was provided little service to cause the Barnet side any problems.
The lack of service to the left-hand side meant much of the play came from the right-hand side, the crossing was dismal and Delano found himself coming wide to create his own service.
Overall there were a few average performances from the trialists but no one really shown out for me.
Half time score Maidstone United 0 – 3 Barnet FC
Second half a much stronger Stones team was fielded and this was clear to see as the Stones finally went toe to toe with Barnet FC.
The quality of the trialists was much better in this team, Tyler Campbell was the pick of the bunch for me.
Tyler’s close control and ability to turn quickly with the ball took him past Barnet players on many occasions and as the half went on Tyler became a real threat going forward.
Dylan Williams in the midfield also had a reasonable game and is a player I would like to see again.
In defence, another trialist Chieck Toure had a solid game and looked like he could with game time reach the standard that was required to challenge for a centre back position.
The first team regulars looked sharp and gave much optimism for the new season, the strength in the team was there to see.
In defence Kevin Lokko, Seth Nana Twumasi and Joe Anderson all looked solid.
The midfield worked well with Harry Phipps and Stuart Lewis the stand out players.
Up front Joe Pigott and Jack Richards looked lively, it was clear to see why Richards had been given a first team squad place. The lad looked lively strong and quick on the ball and was always involved in attacking play.
Second Half score Maidstone United 0 – 2 Barnet FC.
Final Full Time Score Maidstone United 0 – 5 Barnet FC.
In my opinion only the trialists in the second half looked like they had the ability to compete at this level but overall a worthwhile run out for the Maidstone United team.