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18:52 Saturday 13 December 2014  Written by Graeme Copas

Tarpey delivers knockout blow as Maidenhead United leave it late to beat Poole Town

Dave Tarpey scored the match winner for Maidenhead United against Poole Town.
Dave Tarpey scored the match winner for Maidenhead United against Poole Town.

Maidenhead United (0) 2, Poole Town (1) 1

A crisp strike from Dave Tarpey on 88 minutes ensured Maidenhead United shaded an entertaining FA Trophy clash with Poole Town.

The first 45 minutes saw half-chances at both ends, although it was the hosts who created the clearest opportunities with the best going to Ryan Upward who could only drive the ball at Poole keeper Nick Hutchings in a one-on-one situation.

Danny Green, Reece Tison-Lascaris and DJ Campbell also found themselves in front of goal but failed to make the most of their close range chances.

In an open, fast-paced clash it was the visitors who took the lead two minutes before half-time.

Following a corner, Magpies defenders Mark Nisbet and Leon Soloman both failed to clear the ball from the penalty area after which Jack Maloney's toe-poked effort squeezed under keeper Will Britt at his near post.

The Southerrn League Premier Division leaders Poole started the second half the sharper and should have been 2-0 ahead after Luke Roberts hit the post and then strike partner Marvin Brooks struck the rebound against the crossbar.

Shortly afterwards, Michael Wallker had a header cleared off the line by Soloman and Britt made yet another fine save from the predatory Roberts.

The closest the hosts came was from a Green free-kick which brought a diving one-handed save from Hutchings.

The Magpies levelled on 64 minutes when substitute Tashan Adeyinka narrowly beat the offside trap and although his cross was intercepted, the ball rebounded to fullback Devante McKain -  back after injury - who rifled the ball into the top of the net.

Poole remained a threat as strikers Roberts and Brooks relished running onto the ball over the top of a Maidenhead defence who are slow to turn.

Nonetheless it was the Conference South side who snatched victory when DJ Campbell - who played the full 90 minutes despite the chants from the home crowd -  played the ball into the path of Tarpey whose ferocious drive from an angle beat Hutchings at his near post.

The Dolphins almost snatched a deserved equaliser in added-on time, but Magpies' player of the match Britt pulled off another instinctive close range save from Neil Martin.

Maidenhead United: Britt, McKain, Soloman, Nicholls, Nisbet, Downer, Green, Upward, Campbell, Tison-Lascaris, Tarpey. Subs: Adeyinka (for Tison-Lascaris, 64), Behzadi (for Downer, 78), Barratt (for Green, 78), Erskine and Putnins (not used).

Poole Town: Hutchings, Tallack, Martin, Walker, Whisken, Petterfer, Maloney, Devlin, Roberts, Brooks, Gilkes. Subs: Munday (for Gilkes, 69), Jermyn (for Devlin, 83), Gillespie, Davis and Manley (unused). 

Attendance: 255.

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