Hemel Hempstead Town are still searching for their first point of the season after losing 4-1 away against Maidstone United.
The home side found themselves three goals in front after just 28 minutes, leaving the Tudors with a mountain that they couldn’t climb despite Sadik Balarabe getting on the scoresheet in the second half.
After a lively start, Sam Corne scored Maidstone’s first goal on the 23rd minute with a close-range header.
Immediately after the restart, Raphe Brown doubled the Stones’ lead from six yards out.
Three minutes later, it went from bad to terrible when Joan Luque scored on his Maidstone debut to make it 3-0.
In the second half, Maidstone were again looking the more likely to add another to the scoresheet, and Luque should have scored his second of the game on the 68th minute, but he missed his effort at the far post.
Balarabe gave the Tudors something to shout about and a glimpse of hope to mount a comeback when he turned brilliantly and smashed the ball into the top corner.
The game was put beyond any doubt five minutes later though and an effort initially hit the crossbar, but the ball bounced down to Noah Chesmain, who couldn’t miss from a couple of yards out.
It’s FA Cup action next for Hemel Hempstead, and it’s the Fourth Qualifying Round at home against fellow National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough.
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