Maidstone Utd 2 Fleet 3

It’s a tale of ‘Just Williams’ as the Fleet leave it late to beat the Stones…

Three ‘Williams’ were involved in helping the Fleet into the next round of the Kent Senior Cup tonight as Gareth scored two, Adam one and Aaron had a hand in the equaliser.

Liam Daish named a mixed side of first team squad members, fringe players and youths against a Maidstone side managed by ex-boss Andy Ford and containing former PASE player Nick Nowotny. And appropriately enough the Stones took the lead through Adrian Stone inside four minutes as they sought to repeat their KSC result of last season.

Fleet saw Conor Okus’ effort ruled out for a foul as they chased the game but the home side looked more competitive and they went close to extending their lead on several occasions. But as the half wore on and into the second period, Fleet stepped up a gear with Adam Williams firing a close-range effort on to the bar. Six minutes after the break brought the Fleet back into the game when Gareth Williams struck a low shot ahead of a hesitant defence.

But on 65 minutes Stone made it two for the Stones when he drove home a penalty after Fleet goalkeeper Joe Hagan had brought Billy Driver down inside the box. The visitors tried valiantly to get back into things but the game looked as if it was slipping away until Aaron Williams slipped a pass into the danger zone for his brother Adam to fire home with eight minutes remaining.

And as extra time looked a certainty, it was a Williams hat-trick of sorts when, in time added on, Gareth Williams spun in a neat circle and fired a shot that edged past the home goalkeeper and crossed the line, the kind of good fortune that Williams hasn’t enjoyed in the league of late.

TEAM: Hagan, Onity (Blackburn 78), Vickery, Reader (Chapman 52), Pooley, Henry, Carew, Aaron Williams, Adam Williams, Gareth Williams, Okus. Subs not used: Sharman, Sumali, Elliott.
Att: 87


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