04:59PM, Monday 05 December 2016
Maidenhead United 2, Margate 0
First half strikes from Sean Marks and Dave Tarpey, coming within the space of nine minutes, returned the Magpies to winning ways on Saturday.
After their mid-week blip of going out of the FA Trophy at Wealdstone, the Magpies were determined to go back to basics in defence and get back to winning ways.
This they did in almost serene fashion, extending their incredible unbeaten league record to 18 games in the process.
Margate arrived at York Road having seen their chairman John Webb step down from his duties, but with manager Nikki Bull saying he was relieved that a nightmare month was finally behind them.
A strong start from the visitors saw them take the game to the Magpies in the opening minutes and Adeboyejo blazed over Carl Pentney’s bar when well placed.
Struggling to shake off their FA Trophy hangover it took the Magpies a few minutes to wake up, but when they did, through the dangerous Harry Pritchard, it seemed only a matter of time before they’d score. Pritchard was the first to test Valery Pajetat’s goal with a brilliant ball into the box which just missed the post, as well as Marks and James Mulley in the area. Marks then chested a cross down for Tarpey but the 22 goal front man fired over from close quarters.
Captain Alan Massey’s main job was keeping the goals out at the other end but, after making a lung-crunching 90-yard run into the box midway through the first half he came close to opening the scoring with a low effort that was well saved by Pajetat.
Minutes later and United were in front when the ball was dispatched past Pajetat in unerring fashion by Marks from the edge of the box for his 10th of the season. Mulley might have made it 2-0 when he went through one-on-one with Pajetat but the Margate keeper smothered the ball, however, the Magpies were flying in the 38th minute when Tarpey picked the pocket of Margate defender Foster and ran into the penalty area before guiding a shot beyond the keeper.
Forbes smashed the ball against the Margate crossbar after playing a neat one-two with Tarpey, and after Margate failed to test Pentney during a period of pressure, the Magpies came on strong again at the end with Marks seeing a header tipped over and Tarpey blazing over from Sam Barratt’s low cross. Ultimately though it didn’t matter as the Magpies extended their unbeaten run.
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