04:05PM, Thursday 02 February 2017
Maidenhead United went through the motions for periods of Saturday’s 2-0 win at Gosport, but Sam Lock expects they’ll bounce back with a better display at home to Poole Town on Saturday.
It’s a measure of the Magpies success this season that they can win comfortably away from home and still be disappointed with their performance.
Gosport, a limited side who’ve suffered a string of league defeats since the turn of the year, were never really in the game after United went in front through Dave Tarpey’s strike and it was over as a contest when the United striker hammered home his 32nd for the season a minute before the break.
It was a special moment in an otherwise nondescript match, but the Magpies did more than enough to keep themselves on track for automatic promotion.
“They were quite limited in what they offered,” said Lock afterwards.
“They didn’t try to get out and go after us when we scored and it felt like the second goal killed the game. Both goals were really well taken, but that first touch by Tarps for the second goal threw off their whole back line and left him with the whole left side of the goal to aim at.
“If I’m honest I thought that we went through the motions a bit in the second half. The pitch wasn’t great to play on and they sat back and didn’t give us any space. Better teams will come at you when you go in front but Gosport didn’t seem to be doing that and it was a bit of a dead game to be honest.”
Getting the better of a Poole Town side who’ve been unexpected play-off contenders, and who beat Maidenhead 1-0 when the sides met in August, will be a trickier task.
Poole, seventh in the National League South table, have surprised a few teams with their performances this season but not Lock.
“Poole are a good side. They beat us earlier in the season but we felt quite hard done by that day,” added Lock.
“After seeing that performance it’s been no surprise to see what they’ve done this season, but we know a little bit more about what to expect from them now and our home record speaks for itself.”
“They’re all big games at the moment. We’ve got to win every game and get the points because our rivals keep on winning too.
“But we’ve got good players in the squad.
“Players who have been there and done that and have the experience.
“I look at other squads in the league and wouldn’t want to bring anyone in.
“It’s a tight-knit group and we’re all together.”
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