Chelmsford City 0 Maidstone United 1 match report: Levi Amantchi's winner sends the Stones second in National League South
Levi Amantchi delivered again as Maidstone moved up to second place in National League South.
Amantchi scored the only goal - his 18th of the season - as United won at promotion rivals Chelmsford.
He headed straight for the dressing room for treatment following his substitution during the second half - the one downside on a good night for the Stones – but hopefully it’s nothing serious
Maidstone made four changes to the side who won at Dartford in the FA Trophy two days earlier.
Sol Wanjau-Smith, Matt Rush, Devonte Aransibia and Michael Petrasso returned, with Liam Sole, Riley Court, Perri Iandolo and Razzaq Coleman De-Graft making way.
The Stones made a bright under the Melbourne Park lights, with Lamar Reynolds getting forward effectively from left-wing-back and looking a threat.
It was a Reynolds cross that led to the first opening after seven minutes with Amantchi’s header chested down by Rush to Wanjau-Smith, who forced a decent save from Joshua Oluwayemi.
Chelmsford blew a golden chance to take the lead in 18 minutes, Freddie Hockey somehow hitting the ball against himself when following in after Lucas Covolan parried Callum Jones’ strike from the edge of the box.
They were made to regret the miss soon after with the visitors taking a 22nd-minute lead.
Wanjau-Smith did well on the edge of the box to find Amantchi and the big man beat defender Luke Jenkins followed by an emphatic finish into the bottom corner.
Ex-Maidstone loanee Cameron James should have done better with two free headers as Chelmsford got balls into the box before half-time.
Wanjau-Smith might have added a second for the Stones in the opening stages of the second half after a poor City clearance was picked up by Amantchi in the area.
Soon after, a