09:00AM, Saturday 24 November 2018
James Comley has said turning around Maidenhead United’s form will be easier said than done – but he insists it must start to happen soon.
The midfielder, who’s been away on international duty representing Montserrat in the Caribbean equivalent of the Nations League this week, will hopefully return to bolster the Magpies’ midfield for Saturday’s trip to Sutton United.
Sutton will be reeling from Tuesday’s FA Cup first-round replay defeat to Maidenhead’s neighbours Slough Town, but will represent another tough test of the Magpies’ survival prospects.
“It’s been a bit difficult lately,” Comley admitted. “I think, if you look at some of the games we’ve had, we’ve started quite well but then, after five or 25 minutes, something has gone wrong and it’s changed the game for us.
“We’ve started losing by more than one goal and have been struggling to score as well. Little things need to change and defensively we need to become tighter. It’s easier said than done but it needs to be done now.
“We had a little blip earlier in the season, but managed to get over that and go on a winning run.
“We need to do that again and string a few wins together. If we can do that the table will look a lot different very quickly. Against Portsmouth the first half was even in terms of chances, even if they dominated possession. They scored in the 43rd minute with a well-worked goal but from our point of view we could have done a bit better with it.”
When they take to the field at Gander Green Lane it will be more than two weeks since the Magpies bowed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Portsmouth at York Road. They again lost heavily but showed some resilience that’s been missing from their play in the National League in recent weeks.
The squad has also been bolstered by the signing of Seth Twumasi from Maidstone United, while centre half Alfie Kilgour is likely to start in his first league match after moving to the Magpies on loan from Bristol Rovers. Comley was brought off just after half-time in the 4-0 defeat to Portsmouth having suffered with the flu, but he was fit enough to travel to Curacao to play in Montserrat’s 2-0 win over Aruba last week.
“Sutton will be interesting,” added Comley. “They’re a good side who are quite similar to us I think. I think we might have won both of our games against them last year so hopefully we can go there and pick up at least a point to kick-start our season. It should be a good occasion and we’ll be looking to put some points on the board.”
The Magpies will roll off their clash with the U’s into a home game against Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday night, 7.45pm kick-off.
“Both of our games against Ebbsfleet last season were good, competitive games,” he said. “They were our rivals coming up into this
division and I think that’s tippled over into our games. They finished in the play-offs last year but there’s never been much separating the teams when we’ve played each other so it should be a good game.”
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