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Maidenhead United looking to bounce back against Havant & Waterlooville

Carl Pentney in action against AFC Fylde on Saturday. Photo: Mick Vogel.

 

Maidenhead United will be looking to put the misery of Saturday’s 6-0 defeat to AFC Fylde firmly behind them when they visit Havant & Waterlooville this evening (Tuesday).

Havant, who sit 22nd in the National League after Saturday’s 4-0 reverse at Leyton Orient, will also be looking for a reaction in a match between two of the league’s most out of form sides.

The Magpies are 18th after their loss to Fylde, a fourth successive defeat in the National League. They’ve won just one of their last six league matches, away to Chesterfield in late September.

Havant manager Lee Bradbury is looking on tonight’s visit of the Magpies as a chance to pick up crucial points in their survival battle.

“We’ve played 11 out of the top 12 so far, and we need to pick up points against the teams in and around us and Maidenhead are one of those teams,” said Bradbury, in an interview with the club website.

 “We have two home games now so we need to make the most of it and start to pick up some points.

“The teams in and around us are the big points, to go away and win at Leyton Orient would have been fantastic but it would have been a tough task, we know that but at the same time it still hurts (the 4-0 defeat).

“The players are looking forward to this game, we’re training tonight, which gives us a bit more time to do a bit of preparation with them and that would be a good thing for us.

“They’re (Maidenhead) six points above us at the moment, so it should be a close game you would have thought, two teams who lost at the weekend, they have a suspension in Christian Smith who can’t play in midfield which will be a big loss I’m sure.

“Looking at them, they have a decent squad and had some decent results this season so they can’t be taken lightly but then at the same time at home they’re beatable.”

Tickets for the game are £16 for Adults, £12 for Concessions, £2 for Under 16's. Portsmouth season ticket holders, who the Magpies host in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday, November 10, gain £6 entry.

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