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Kelly rues missed chances in Maidenhead United's goalless draw at Aldershot Town

Josh Kelly felt that Maidenhead United couldn’t complain about their goalless draw at Aldershot Town on Tuesday, another crucial point on the road to safety.

But the disappointment of failing to take a very good second half chance to win all three points for the Magpies was etched all over his face.

The striker turned inside Alex Finney before blasting the ball over the bar from close range in the 72nd minute.

“Obviously it’s good that we got a point away from home,” said the striker. “But I feel we had the chances to take all three points.

“I thought I played well but could have done more off the ball.

“When that chance came I just tried to put my laces through it when I should have tried to curl it into the corner. But it’s one of them. We’ve just got to keep on going and try to pick up as many points as we can.”

Kelly linked up well with Ryan Bird at the EBB Stadium, and was on target in the side’s 4-3 win over The Shots on Boxing Day. There are glimpses that the young striker is returning to the blistering form he showed earlier in the season – form that made him one of the hottest prospects in the National League.

“I feel like the chances will start to go in,” he said.

“We’ve just got to keep on making them.

“We’ve got to cause defences problems and make sure we find a way through them.

“I really feel that one goal would have been enough today. But I don’t try to think too much about these things. I’m just keeping myself sharp mentally in case anything drops and looking for that through-ball or a chance to score a goal.

“It’s great that we’ve kept a clean sheet (at Aldershot). That will give the whole team a boost because we know we’ll always get some chances.”

Kelly and co will be looking to add to their goal tally at Gateshead on Saturday. The side have failed to score in three of their last four matches, but the striker is confident they can come away from one of their longest trips of the season with some points.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday,” he said. “We’ll go up there on Friday and we’ve just got to try and play like we did today, but make sure we take the chances that come our way. I’d say that they’ll be under more pressure than us so hopefully we can come away with some points.”

The Magpies are third from bottom of the National League after Tuesday’s goalless draw, however, they’re far from adrift in the survival battle.

Fifth from bottom Havant & Waterlooville are just a point above them.


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