06:43PM, Saturday 03 February 2018
Maidenhead United 1, Stockport County 1
Ryan Upward’s second half strike forced a replay after Maidenhead United recovered from a slow start at York Road.
The United midfielder, who was dictating play at times in the second half, volleyed the Magpies level after a goal-mouth scramble in the 57th minute.
Matty Warburton fired the visitors in front from Scott Duxbury’s low cross in the eighth minute, and, but for some desperate last-ditch defence might have had another to show for their efforts before the break.
In the drizzly, wet, conditions, Stockport started the sharper of the two sides, but Maidenhead gradually grew into the game and only a terrific save from Ben Hinchcliffe prevented James Comley from equalising from a 26th minute piledriver. From the resultant corner Harry Pritchard headed narrowly over, while Sam Barratt was denied by Chris Smalley’s brave block after an excellent run down the left by Rene Steer to tee him up in the box. .
Stockport withdrew Warburton at the break for centre half Michael Clark, and Maidenhead sensed an opportunity.
Playing down the slope at York Road, Maidenhead saw plenty of the ball, but on too many occasions their final ball went awry.
Their pressure finally told in the 57th minute when Jake Goodman forced the ball back across the face of County’s goal and Upward turned it home on the volley to make it 1-1.
The Magpies dominated the final 30 minutes, without really creating a clear cut opportunity until the final few minutes, when a glut of them arrived at once. Adrian Clifton was denied by Ben Hinchcliffe, who then stood up well to keep out Upward at point-blank range. Upward’s injury-time corner glanced the crossbar and, from the follow up, Harry Pritchard’s side-footed effort was blocked away.
Clifton did have the ball in the net with a terrific strike, but only after referee Samuel Allison had blown the full-time whistle. The sides will replay for a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy at Edgerley Park on Tuesday.
Reflecting on the draw, Alan Devonshire said: “At the end of the day, they did well. The pitch was heavy, but credit to both teams. We could have won it at the end couldn’t we. I thought we played better in the second half than we did in the first, but we’ve now had a look at each other and we’ll see what happens on Tuesday.”
Highlights uploaded to Youtube by Stockport County Official YouTube Page
Maidenhead United (4-4-2) Pentney 7, Clerima 7, Steer 7, Massey 7, Goodman 7, Odametey 6, Comley 6 (Clifton 45’ 6), Upward 8, Marks 7 (Kilman 88’ 6), Barratt 6 (Hyde 74’ 6), Pritchard 7. Subs not used: Smith, Owusu.
Stockport County (4-4-2): Hinchcliffe 9, Cowan 7, Duxbury 8, Winter 8, Smalley 8, O’Halloran 7, Thomas 6, Stopforth 6 (Dixon 74’ 6), Oswell 7, Warburton 8 (Clark 45’ 7), Stephenson 8 (West 85’ 6).
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