Eastleigh fell to their first home defeat of the season on a very wet and windy night in Hampshire.
Zavon Hines 68th minute piledriver was enough to win it for the Kent side in a game which offered very little in terms of clear-cut chances.
Maidstone started the better side, and should have been in-front on 5 minutes. Good-work from Sam-Yorke in the area, only to see his shot well saved by Stack and the rebound knocked behind for a corner.
And the first real chance for Eastleigh came six minutes later, with James Constable failing to get on the end of an excellent whipped cross into the box from Michael Green.
Sam Matthews, who was by far Eastleigh’s best player on the night, then came close for the Spirites after good work down the right hand side from the on-loan Bournemouth man, but the youngster saw his curling effort fly just wide of the mark.
The weather conditions really then started to take a hold of the game, with either side able to get the ball down and play.
HALF TIME: EASTLEIGH 0-0 MAIDSTONE UNITED
Seven minutes into the second half, new signing Gary McSheffrey had a goal ruled out for offside, the ex-Coventry man just timing his run too late
After a brighter start to the second half, Sam Matthews, came the closest Eastleigh have come all game with a wonderful effort that had ‘keeper Lee Worgan beaten all ends up, but unfortunately his left footed effort just missed the target.
And on 68 minutes, the scoring was finally opened. After hitting the post just minutes earlier with a similar effort, Maidstone’s Zavon Hines this time found the back of the net with a wonderful effort from the edge of the penalty area
Maidstone then went in search of s second, Pigott and Ter-Horst both coming close for the visitors on more than one occasion.
It just wasn’t meant to be for the hosts as they knocked on the Maidstone door late on, but no one was able to get on the end of McSheffrey’s fizzing cross.
FULL TIME: EASTLEIGH 0-1 MAIDSTONE UNITED