01:42PM, Thursday 31 January 2019
Update: Saturday's clash with Dagenham & Redbridge has now been postponed.
Alan Devonshire is prepared for Maidenhead United’s survival battle to go down to the wire, but is hopeful it won’t come to that.
The Magpies sit just a point and a place above the relegation places after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wrexham, but Devonshire pointed out this week they still have plenty of time to salvage their National League status.
Devonshire also believes his side are capable of going on a good run, and giving themselves some much needed breathing space over the sides battling the drop, much like they did in the final months of last season.
On Saturday Peter Taylor’s Dagenham & Redbridge are the visitors to York Road, a team who’ve flirted with relegation themselves this season before pulling away to relative safety.
“If I remember rightly we played Woking with about eight games to go last season,” said Devonshire.
“We were losing 1-0 and if we’d lost that game we’d have been dragged into the bottom four, or just above it. We ended up winning the game 2-1 and went on to win five of our last six league games to finish 12th.
“Hopefully we can do something similar this season and give ourselves some breathing space, but if not, well, we’ve been in the mix for a while now so we’re used to it.
“I think it will go down to the wire but we know the points target we want and we won’t relax until we get them.”
Whether Maidenhead have the quality to match last season’s squad remains to be seen.
They showed very little quality in Saturday’s loss to the Dragons, eventually succumbing to a second half goal from Luke Young.
But, with many bottom half sides still to visit York Road this season, and with the Magpies form improving considerably in the last few weeks, there is plenty of cause for optimism.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Devonshire said: “It’s a big game.
“They’ve turned their season around, have put in a lot of money and have signed some players with league experience.
“They’ve been on a hell of a run to be fair so we know it’s going to be tough.
“But we’re at home and we want to put some points on the board.
“There’s a long way to go, plenty of points to play for.”
Maidenhead United Supporters Association (MUSA) are putting on a coach for the game with current league leaders Leyton Orient on Saturday, February 16.
The cost is £10 for MUSA Travel Club Members, £15 for MUSA Members, £20 for other adults and £10 for accompanied children under 16.
The coach will depart from York Road at 11am.
Book up in Stripes bar before the games against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday (February 2) and Boreham Wood (February 9), 2-2.45pm in Stripes or after game from 17.00-17.15
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