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Magpies' poor second half takes gloss of eighth straight win for boss Alan Devonshire

A disappointing second half display took the gloss off Maidenhead’s 2-0 win over Concord Rangers for manager Alan Devonshire, but two wins from their final three matches will guarantee the Magpies the title. 

United looked to have taken their foot off the collective gas during the second period, having established an unassailable 2-0 lead through Sean Marks' chipped finish and Dave Tarpey’s penalty.

But they failed to hammer home their advantage and further improve their goal difference after Taylor McKenzie was dismissed for a wild challenge on Ryan Peters early in the second half, much to Devonshire's frustration. 

“We’ll need to play a lot better than that second half,” he said.

“Job done, but disappointed the way we played second half to be fair.

“Second half aint good enough. I’m disappointed with that. I just felt that we didn’t play second half, we didn’t come out at all second half. I warned them in their and expected them to get the tempo up. Credit to them (Concord) they played well but we were poor second half. But, listen, we’ve won the game 2-0 and I would have taken that before the game.

“We move on and we’ve won 2-0. It sets it up now. The pressure is on Ebbsfleet tomorrow, let’s see what they can do and we’ll look to get a result at Truro on Monday.”

Marks, who was probably United’s man of the match despite being withdrawn early in the second half as he continues to nurse a groin strain, should be fit to face Truro City on Monday.

“We’re just monitoring at the moment,” said Devonshire. “We took him off on Saturday and it’s still a bit sore. But he’ll be alright for Monday. He’s a warrior Marksy. I know what I get from him. It was a great goal for him, I’m pleased for him.

“I’m disappointed with the second half, it took the tinge off it, but 92 points we’ve got. I think we’ve won 16 at home and have drawn four and lost none, so the fans can’t really complain.

“They’ve been great though. 1400 turned up today.”

Devonshire added: “It’s in our hands. Let’s not worry about Ebbsfleet. It’s about what we do. We’ve got three games left. If we win two out of the three we win the league.”  


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