05:51PM, Thursday 16 March 2017
Alan Devonshire was open in his assessment of Maidenhead United’s 3-1 success at Weston-super-Mare on Saturday, saying he was relieved to come away from the Woodspring Stadium with three points.
The Magpies took the lead just before the half-time interval when the prolific Dave Tarpey netted the first of a brace of goals, but it was not until the final 20 minutes that the visitors could feel comfortable after Tarpey’s second was added to by strike partner Sean Marks.
The Seagulls proved worthy opponents leaving Devonshire grateful that his high-flyers snatched the points.
“Weston are a decent side, they beat Hampton the week before and then lost to Wealdstone after a good game,” he said.
“I spoke to Gordon Bartlett (Wealdstone manager) during the week and he said they were the best team his side had faced in weeks.
“To be fair we were fortunate to go 1-0 up; they hit the bar and had chances.
“Although they equalised we came back well, but it was tough. I was pleased to have got out of there with three points. I really was.”
Dev says he didn’t change his normal half-time team at Weston, and really hasn’t changed his mantra to his side throughout the campaign, believing it’s all about being confident and enjoying your football.
He said: “I didn’t really change what I always say to the guys which is to be positive and enjoy it.
“To be competing at the top of the table with a team like Ebbsfleet with the money, that is brilliant. We have only lost three (league) games all season, and that’s remarkable.
"For us it’s about enjoying it and going out there with no pressure.”
He added: “There’s no pressure on us. We have to enjoy the situation we are in. I’m enjoying it. When I stop enjoying it, I’ll walk away.”
Dev views the National League South title race with fascination, not expecting the campaign to be decided any time soon.
“One team could end up getting about 95 points and still not get promoted, that would be tough on which ever side that might happen to,” he said.
“So we have to keep going. Every game’s a cup final.”
The Magpies host two teams at York Road in the coming week; Welling United on Saturday and then Oxford City on Tuesday night.
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