06:12PM, Saturday 30 December 2017
Maidenhead United 1, AFC Fylde 2
Substitute Jack Muldoon squeezed a late shot past the impressive Carl Pentney as 10-man AFC Fylde prevented the Magpies from making it three league wins on the spin at York Road this afternoon (Saturday).
It looked likely that another three points would be bagged by the in-form black and whites when Harry Pritchard sent Jay Lynch the wrong way from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute, after Moses Emmanuel was bundled over in the box by George Edmundson.
But the tide turned in the second half thanks to Lewis Montrose’s opportunist strike from close range and Muldoon’s howitzer into the bottom corner with seven minutes to play.
The Magpies just about deserved their lead at the break, having dominated much of the play, with Emmanuel twice going close before his heels were clipped to present Pritchard with the chance to make it 1-0 from the spot.
However, Dave Challinor and his management team will have wondered which gods they’d angered when the visitors were denied three times in the 19th minute. First Danny Rowe’s long range effort cannoned off the underside of the bar before Pentney kept out Jonny Smith’s follow up and Sam Finley was denied by Magpies’ captain Alan Massey on the goalline. Somehow the home side managed to scramble the ball clear and, having taken a first half lead, they should really have doubled their advantage before allowing Fylde back into the contest.
Zaire Francis-Angol’s last-ditch challenge deflected Emmanuel’s effort out for a corner kick in the 49th minute before the visitors levelled when Jordan Tunnicliffe’s header was brilliantly saved by Pentney, only for Montrose to bundle the ball in from close range on 68 minutes.
Harold Odametey almost finished off a lung-crunching run with a goal, but his shot flew over. And Fylde’s winner came seven minutes before the end when Muldoon skipped inside his marker and thumped the ball low and hard into the bottom corner. Maidenhead pressed at the death, after Fylde had been reduced to 10 men following Finley’s second caution for a nasty-looking challenge on James Mulley, but the visitors held on with Lynch saving well from Christian Smith’s last-minute piledriver.
Reflecting on his side’s victory, Challinor said: “It was always going to be tough coming here. Their penalty was never a penalty. If we’d lost the game to that decision it would have been pretty galling.
“We used that as motivation and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win today. He (Edmundson) has won the ball cleanly, and that decision could have cost us. There were one or two scrambles in the first half, and, on another day, you go in front.
“We had to show a lot of character to come from behind. Things haven’t been going our way recently, but the performances have been good, and today we got what we deserved.”
Maidenhead United (4-4-2)
Keeper: Pentney 9
Defence: Clerima 7, Massey 7, Goodman 7 (Peters 66’ 7), Steer 8
Midfield: Pritchard 7, Odametey 8, Smith 7, Kilman 7 (Clifton 73’ 7)
Forward: Marks 7, Emmanuel 7 (Mulley 73’ 7)
Subs not used: Comley, Upward
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