Inman insists the hard work is still to come for Maidenhead United

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Dean Inman insists Maidenhead United would be wrong to think they’ve done the hard work after grinding out a precious three points against Chelmsford City on Monday.

The win, the Magpies’ first in three matches, lifts them back above title rivals Ebbsfleet United at the top of the table. But with 10 matches to play, against sides with their own agendas in the lower to mid-

regions of the table, Inman reckons there’s plenty left to keep the Magpies occupied in their bid for the title.

United hold a slim one point advantage over Ebbsfleet, having now used up their matches in hand, and are only due to play one of the league’s top six – Fleet at home on April 22 – in their remaining games.

“They’re sometimes the more dangerous games,” said Inman. “When teams have nothing to play for they’re sometimes more relaxed and can express themselves a bit more.

“But we’ll be taking every game as if it’s a massive game. We have to keep our eyes on the ball and if we take our eyes off it we know Ebbsfleet will be there to jump on us if we slip up.

“We’ve both gone on long unbeaten runs that you wouldn’t necessarily think is achievable.

“Hopefully at the end of April we’ll be on top and celebrating.”

He was also full of praise for teammate Dave Tarpey, who put Saturday’s misses against Hampton – and his spot-kick failure at Hungerford – behind him to crash home the game’s only goal at the Melbourne Stadium.

“It shows the confidence the lad’s got,” added Inman. “A lot of lads would be umming and arring over whether to take the penalty having missed the penalty that could have won us the game at Hungerford. But, he just puffed his chest out and smashed it straight down the middle. I don’t think any keeper was going to save that last night. We’re slowly getting back to being a solid unit because we know if we’re keeping them out at one end we’ve got the players who will put it in the back of the net at the other.”

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