01:44PM, Tuesday 06 August 2019
Jake Cassidy, who netted Maidenhead’s winner at Stockport County on Saturday
Maidenhead United kicked off their National League campaign with an impressive 1-0 win over Stockport County on Saturday afternoon, and they’ll be looking to back that up by taking more points from promotion hopefuls, Chesterfield, this evening.
Alan Devonshire’s men went top of the table – for a couple of hours at least – after Jake Cassidy’s late, looping, header bagged the Magpies all three points.
United were much improved after the interval against the Hatters – but had loan keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond to thank for a couple of crucial saves to ensure they took home the points.
They’ll have their work cut out to make it two wins from two, however, against a Chesterfield side who many have tipped for the title.
The visitors will also be looking to get things back on track after slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Dover on Saturday.
Scott Boden had given Chesterfield the lead before Dover hit back with two late goals from Alfie Pavey.
United got the better of Chesterfield on both occasions last season, but Devonshire warned last week they’ll be a ‘very different animal’ this time around with the changes John Sheridan has made to the side. Chesterfield finished 15th last season but not long ago they were celebrating becoming League 2 champions and enjoying several seasons in League 1. Two consecutive relegations now see them battling to get themselves back into the Football League.
The two clubs last met on the final day of last season, when goals from Ayo Obileye and Adrian Clifton earned the Magpies a deserved victory.
Tickets are £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for u16s.
Chesterfield boss Sheridan has pinpointed Cassidy as the Magpies danger man ahead of tonight’s game. He said: “I watched a little bit of their game at Stockport, they are organised. Again, they’ve got a quality former player who did well in the lower leagues in Alan Devonshire. He knows his stuff.
“He’s got good experience and they’ve still got some of the players who were there last season. (Jake) Cassidy who I had at Oldham for a short time. They’ve got players who work their socks off for each other and a little bit of pace up front.
“Again, we’ve got to go there and stand up for ourselves. We’ve got good players, they’ll be looking at us. We’ve got to go there and give a good account of ourselves.”
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