12:57PM, Friday 31 August 2018
A win-double over the bank holiday weekend has boosted Maidenhead United’s morale and given them some welcome momentum ahead of two challeng-ing matches this week.
After five matches in the National League, the Magpies were bottom of the table with a solitary point to the name.
However, a dramatic 3-2 success over Maidstone United in front of the BT Sport cameras on Saturday, followed by an impressive 2-0 victory at Braintree Town, has boosted their points tally and their outlook.
Bromley and Eastleigh will visit York Road on Saturday and Tuesday respectively, and Magpies boss Alan Devonshire is keen for his side’s newly-found feelgood factor to continue.
“It was nice to get that first win,” he said.
“I’m really pleased for the players who worked hard and showed a lot of character.
“We haven't really had the rub of the green this season, so to get that own goal at the end against Maidstone was fair enough.
“Maybe being on television gave the players a boost, I don't know, but when we were behind with 15 minutes remaining I wished they weren’t there!”
The Magpies led after three minutes when Adrian Clifton netted, but a brace from Blair Turgott, put the Stones ahead. But an Adrian Clifton strike on 77 minutes was capped off by an own goal by Will De Havilland on 90 minutes to give the Magpies all three points.
Dev said it was the slice of luck his side deserved and put them in a good place for the match at Braintree two days later.
He said: “I think winning was release for the players and certainly helped confidence which we took to the Braintree on Monday.
“I thought we were in total control and (keeper) Carl Pentney didn't really have much to do.
“I don’t think they have lost by two clear goals all season, which shows how well we played.
“It could have been three or four as we missed a couple at the end on the break.”
The Magpies led after Clifton scored on 27 minutes, a goal which was added to on the stroke of half-time by Ayo Obileye.
Dev believes the squad is coming together, but is reticent about looking too far ahead.
“It was always going to take time to gel, with the new players coming in,” he said.
“We are still trying to take one game at a time.”
Bromley are next up for the Magpies, a team who finished ninth last season, but who the Magpies beat twice.
Eastleigh then head to Berkshire on Tuesday having finished just below the Magpies in 2017/18 after taking just one point from their two head-to-heads.
Dev said last season’s results mean little, and that both teams are ‘full of good players’.
He added: “But we know what to expect, what systems they will play.
“We’ll look to make a few changes for both matches; we found last year that if we changed a few things around from a Saturday to a Tuesday then it worked well for us.”
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