Stones win but improved performance from Beavers
Although the Beavers put in a much better performance after the last match, Maidstone were too strong and claimed the points with a goal in each half.
The Beavers created the first chance on 3 minutes as Billy Adcock - making his first start for the club - took a pass from Ben Harris and his shot from 25 yards had Stones keeper Lee Worgan stretching as the ball rattled the bar and bounced clear.
However, on 8 minutes, the hosts took the lead. Jay May finding Frannie Collin, whose shot beat Tobin in the Beavers goal.
Unlike the previous season, the Beavers competed well and even scared the home fans just after the half hour as a Ben Harris free kick from fully 30 yards caught Worgan off guard, the keeper managing to just recover to dive full length and push the ball for a corner.
Although Maidstone had a good chance just before the break - Jay May managing to actually hit the ball away from the Beavers goal line - it was the Beavers who nearly caught the Stones cold. A long ball down the right saw Jerome Federico out sprint the cover, and his instinctive lob as Worgan came rushing out bounced just the wrong side of the post and hit the side netting.
The second half opened with the Stones pressing but the Beavers only once faced danger just after the hour as substitute Greenhalgh's powerful shot had to be beaten away by Tyler Tobin, who up to now had had a solid game.
Maidstone were not going to be denied though, and despite being covered, Jack Parkinson managed to get his head to a Flisher corner to head home at the back post in the 64th minute.
The Stones relaxed slightly and the Beavers tried to get back into the game, bringing on Jesse Kewley-Graham, Charlie Moone and Gareth Chendlik for the last 15 minutes but it wasn't until the 82nd when they created another chance.
Kewley-Graham's long ball found Luke Wanadio on the left and he out paced the right back Stephen Butcher; cutting inside, he fired a powerful shot at goal but Worgun was alert to the danger and flew out to block with his legs.
Although the Stones had one last chance, Collin not able to contort his body to direct a Flisher cross on target, the game drifted to its conclusion with the Stones victorious.
This was a much better performance from the Beavers, Matt Steer took a more accustomed central defender position and looked much more confident there. In addition, Tommy Brewer has clearly settled well into his defensive midfield berth and if he can hold it down, will definitely provide some bite (not the Suarez kind) to the Beavers game in future.
Maidstone Utd (1) 2
Hampton & RB (0) 0
Maidstone United: 1 Lee Worgan, 2 Stephen Butcher, 3 Tom Mills, 4 Jamie Coyle, 5 Sonny Miles, 6 Alex Brown (James Rogers 72'), 7 Matt Bodkin, 8 Jack Parkinson (Michael Phillips 80'), 9 Jay May (Ben Greenhalgh 59'), 10 Frannie Collin, 11 Alex Flisher
Subs: 12 Charley Robertson, 14 James Rogers, 15 Michael Phillips, 16 Ben Greenhalgh, 17 Will Godmon
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Tyler Tobin, 2 Ben Osman, 3 George Wells, 4 Tommy Brewer, 5 Billy Jeffreys, 6 Matt Steer, 7 Luke Wanadio, 8 Karle Carder, 9 Ben Harris (Gareth Chendlik 74'), 10 Billy Adcock (Jesse Kewley-Graham 72'), 11 Jerome Federico (Charlie Moone 78')
Subs: 12 Hassan Ibrahim, 14 Jesse Kewley-Graham, 15 Michael Bryan, 16 Charlie Moone, 17 Gareth Chendlik