“We have a squad with a good mix of youthful energy and experience which should see us make the play-offs”
The match preview series continues, asStones Live (stoneslive.com) Radio Stationdiscuss their team Maidstone United:
Hi there, good to speak to you again! Tell us about Stones Live?
We’re the club’s official internet radio station run by volunteer supporters with a background in broadcast radio. We broadcast live commentaries, chat shows about the club and music shows 24/7. We were awarded “Sports Station of the Year” at the internet radio awards in 2011.
What were the main reasons for Maidstone getting relegated last season and are you hopeful of bouncing back?
It was a combination of things: the owners had never been in the position of a relegation battle before; they took a punt by appointing a new young manager who had had success but at a lower level; we had no less than 5 management teams (including caretakers) and as a result no less than 60 different players over the course of the season. We hope we will bounce back soon.
Give us a summary of your 19-20 season so far?
Very promising. We have a squad with a good mix of youthful energy and experience which should see us make the play-offs.
What’s been your highlights up to now?
Reaching the FA Cup first round proper for the 6th season in a row by beating Kings Langley 4-1 at home.
How’s the Stones recent form been leading up to Saturday?
We’ve tended to dominate matches but we don’t have a proven goal-scorer and keep conceding very late goals.
Who are your key players and why?
Jake Cole (class keeper) and ex-Wolves defender George Elokobi (all that Premier League experience counts when it matters).
Who is the gaffer and what tactics does he like to use?
John Still is a Stones legend in his 2nd spell with the club. Back in 1989 he masterminded our promotion to the Football League and we hope he can do it again. Hakan Hayrettin is the head coach who seems solid with his decisions.
Are you expecting a big crowd on Saturday and how’s attendances been holding up this season?
We’ve been averaging around the 1800 mark so far. Whether there is a big crowd will largely depend on how many you bring!