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Obileye puts his body on the line to help Maidenhead United beat former club Eastleigh

Ayo Obileye had a smile about a mile wide walking off the pitch following the Magpies' 2-0 win over his old club Eastleigh on Tuesday.

It was the defender’s hurried clearance which mistakenly let in George Porter for Bromley’s late leveller in the 2-2 draw at York Road on Saturday, but the man mountain of a centre half made up for it with a committed display against his former club.

At times he still looks a little shaky, and he was fortunate Mark Yeates didn’t put the Spitfires in front in the first half after his panicky clearance presented the striker with a chance. But he put his body in the line of fire in the second half to block and repel the best the visitors had to offer.

The newboy in the back four also believes he’s starting to develop a better understanding with his teammates.

“I’m a new player in the team,” he said. “Some of the other boys have been here for a couple of years. But yeah, I’m getting to know them well.

“Every game and training session, you get to know them a bit better. We’re unbeaten in four games now so hopefully we’ll keep that going.

“We’re confident against any team and just have to keep working hard. If we keep our team spirit you never know what might happen.”

The win, the Magpies’ third in four matches, was clearly the most important thing on Tuesday night, but for Obileye the clean sheet came a pretty close second.

“Three points was the main thing but it’s good to get a clean sheet and it brings us up the table,” he said. “To come away with a clean sheet is a bonus. Thanks to Josh Kelly for the two goals, two outstanding goals and we’re just happy to come away with the win.

“That’s what’s expected of us every game. As a defender you’ve got to put your body on the line like we did. That’s what the gaffer wants us to do and, when we perform like we did today, it’s good for the team.”

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to 13th placed Barnet – the side just above Maidenhead in the National League, Obileye added: “We’re confident going into any game.

“We know we’ve got the players to beat any team. It’s just about hard work and having the desire because anybody can beat anybody in this league.”


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