Wealdstone 2, Maidenhead United 1
Maidenhead United were frozen out by Wealdstone last night, exiting the FA Trophy after a 2-1 defeat at Grosvenor Vale.
With Christian Smith starting in midfield in place of Ryan Upward, sent off for the Magpies in Saturday’s 2-2 draw, and Kieron Forbes deputising for the suspended James Comley the Magpies made a bright start on a bitterly cold evening.
After a minute’s silence was held for the victims of the Chapecoense FC plane tragedy the game kicked off at a frenetic pace with Rene Steer making a last ditch challenge to deny the Stones and Jordan Cox – in for Sean Marks in United’s attack – slipping a chance wide after reacting well to James Mulley’s flick in the 11th minute.
Dave Tarpey was crowded out after taking up a dangerous position in the 24th minute, and, in sub-zero temperatures the game petered out as the half wore on and the game was goalless at the break.
United should have led when Mulley headed agonisingly wide from a Harry Pritchard free-kick in the 48th minute but the deadlock was broken by the home side and their influential winger Matthew Whichelow, a constant menace for the Magpies’ rearguard throughout this tie. Collecting a pass on the left side of the area he cut onto his right and steered a low show beyond Carl Pentney and into the bottom corner on the hour mark.
Upward and Marks came on to replace Smith and Mulley but it would get worse for the Magpies before it got better as Liam Goulding hooked home a brilliant left-footed volley for the Stones in the 77th minute after David Hunt’s corner was only partially headed clear.
The Magpies got back into it a few minutes later when Tarpey collected a lovely, lofted pass from Upward and drilled a low shot beyond North into the bottom right hand corner.
Unfortunately, there would be no great escape for the Magpies this time, although Jordan Cox came close to a leveller in injury-time with a shot that was turned around the post.
The Stones will host Wingate & Finchley in the first round of the competition on Saturday, December 10.
Slough Town 2, Banbury 0
On a bitterly cold evening at Arbour Park Slough Town took two of their second half chances to beat Banbury 2-0, a result which lifts them up to second in the Premier Division.
The Rebels didn’t really get into their stride in the first half and the closest they came was a shot from Lewis Putman which was pushed around the post in the 14th minute.
His cross on the half-hour mark proved just too high for Warren Harris and Paul Stonehouse sliced wide when well positioned late in the half.
However, the Rebels fans who braved the cold will have been warmed by their side’s second half efforts which brought them goals from Guy Hollis and James Dobson.
Browne should have put the visitors in front when he missed the target after Mark Scott had come racing out of his goal to block a shot in the 55th minute, but the crowd of 463 people were soon celebrating when captain Sean Fraser hooked the ball back into the box, following home pressure from a corner kick, and Hollis arrived late to nod the opener in the 64th minute. Putman tried his luck again with a shot from distance that Harding easily saved but the goal which wrapped up the points did eventually arrive three minutes from time when Dobson’s free-kick deflected in off the wall, giving the Banbury keeper absolutely no chance.
Afterwards joint manager Jon Underwood said: “Brilliant response tonight from a brilliant group of players! Important win for us and 45 points from 20 games is a great return.”
Slough are now four points behind leaders Leamington with a game in hand.
Windsor 3, Spelthorne Sports 0
Barry Dunbar’s double helped Windsor get back to winning ways at Stag Meadow last night.
A poor Spelthorne clearance reached the striker in the 13th minute and he sent a stunning volley into the top corner to give Windsor a deserved first half lead.
The sweetly struck strike gave Spelthorne’s keeper Fuller absolutely no chance and was one of the best goals the Windsor faithful have seen this season.
Windsor continued to press in the first half but failed to add to their advantage before the break, however, their dominance on the evening was rewarded in the 67th minute when Robert Lazarczuk and Jamie Di Giuseppe combined down the left to set up Dunbar for another composed finish.
With George Gould catching the eye in his first start for the Royalists since returning to the club it seemed likely Windsor would add to their tally, which they did at the death when substitute Daniel Price took a touch to control Jones-Aryeh’s before finishing past Fuller.
The victory lifts Windsor to 11th in the table, however, they have played a few more games than the sides directly around them.
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