05:00PM, Wednesday 03 April 2019
You would be forgiven for thinking Maidenhead United’s thoughts would start to drift towards next seasons' National League campaign after they recorded their second win of the week by beating Halifax Town 1-0 away on Saturday, but next season's not the priority for manager Alan Devonshire.
The Magpies looked eager and energetic at The Shay, despite having played Havant & Waterlooville only four days earlier in a gruelling encounter at York Road.
But - much like they did against Havant - the Magpies dug deep to come away with the points. It was an important result too, with sides around them and in the bottom four dropping points.
Ayo Obileye scored the decisive goal, calmly slotting home a second half penalty to cap off a good performance for the travelling side.
“I thought we played really well,” said Devonshire.
“I thought we were quite comfortable to be honest so I was really pleased with the performance.
“It was a very important win. To win two games in a week is good and with us winning and other teams dropping points, it was a very important result.”
The result saw Maidenhead reach the 50 point mark for the season, and they now sit 11 points clear of the bottom four, with only Braintree and Boreham Wood picking up wins from last weekend’s action. But Devonshire has no plans to let the squad rest on their laurels.
“Until it’s not mathematically possible (going down) we need to keep going,” added Devonshire.
“We need to get another result this weekend and we will just take it one game at a time.”
On Saturday the Magpies host Barnet, a side that they'll be keen to beat after the Bee’s stung Devonshire’s men earlier in the season with a 1-0 win – snapping their four game unbeaten run at the time.
Striker Dave Tarpey is in line to make an appearance against his old club, either from the start or off the bench. He joined the Bees from the Magpies having scored 87 league goals for the Berkshire club.
The Bee’s beat promotion hopefuls Eastleigh 3-0 on Tueday night, and come into the game having kept six straight clean sheets.
But the Magpies are no strangers to keeping things tight at the back, with seven clean sheets in their last 15 games meaning Saturday’s fixture could be a tight affair. “It will be a tough game,” said Devonshire.
“I think they are unbeaten in their last five or six – so it will be a tough game but we will be hoping to get a decent result.”
Saturday's 3pm kick off is the first of the Magpies final three home games of the season. They host Barrow and Chesterfield on April 19 and 27 respectively.
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