10:41AM, Wednesday 14 August 2019
Josh Kelly fired the Magpies in front
Torquay United 0, Maidenhead United 2
Another superb defensive display helped Maidenhead United pick up their second away win of the season with a 2-0 victory at Torquay United.
Two clinical finishes, one in the first half from Josh Kelly and one in second half injury-time from Shamir Fenelon, were enough for Alan Devonshire’s side to bag all three points.
The result lifts them up to eighth in the table, just outside of the play-offs and level on points with seventh-placed Yeovil Town, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Chorley.
Devonshire was forced to reshuffle his defensive pack for the trip to Plainmoor, with Rene Steer rested after picking up a knock in the defeat against Hartlepool United.
Remy Clerima reverted to right back with Seth Twumasi switching flanks to play on the left-side of the Magpies defence.
The National League South champions began brightly on their own patch, with Taye Ashby-Hammond spreading himself to deny the Gulls at point-blank range in the opening skirmishes. The keeper was forced into another full-stretch save to deny Jamie Reid in the 19th minute before the Magpies found their feet.
They took the lead with their first clear cut chance on the half-hour, when Ryan Upward forced MacDonald into a save and Kelly nipped in to force the ball over the line. The Northern Ireland u21s international then teed up a great chance for Clerima, but the Frenchman snatched at the opportunity.
Ashby-Hammond again had to be alert to prevent Torquay from levelling through Reid at the start of the second period, before Lemonheigh-Evans was denied by another fine stop from the on loan Fulham keeper.
Despite the home side’s pressure, the best two chances of the second half fell to the visitors with Jake Cassidy firing into the side netting after being played through by Kelly. Bernard Mensah then forced a save from the Gulls’ stopper.
In between Lubombo-Kalala nipped between Twumasi and Alan Massey but pulled his shot wide of the upright. He was thwarted again when Ashby-Hammond made a telling save in the final minutes, dashing off his line to make a crucial block before United wrapped up the points.
Massey looked up and sent substitute Fenelon clear on the Gulls’ goal. He sized up his options, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball home to send Maidenhead’s hearty 53 travelling supporters home happy.
Afterwards assistant boss Ryan Peters tweeted: “What a win. Makes the next three hours on the coach so much more enjoyable.
“Fair play to Torquay, very pleasing on the eye, but our boys today showed how resilient we are now. Fans were unreal as usual.”
Defender Joseph Ellul added: “Massive thanks to the travelling fans, absolute superb tonight, kept us going when we needed them the most. Great all round performance from everyone.”
Great work from the boys tonight!— Maidenhead United (@MUFCYorkRoad) August 13, 2019
Soaked up plenty of pressure and @josh_kelly19 and @shamirfenelon were composed in finishing their chances. Back to York Road on Saturday when we welcome @chorleyfc
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MAGPIES: Taye Ashby-Hammond, Remy Clerima, Joe Ellul, Aron Davies, Jake Cassidy, Josh Kelly (Sub Shamir Fenelon, 75′), Bernard Mensah (Sub Danny Whitehall, 82′), Seth Nana Twumasi, Ryan Upward, Alan Massey, Josh Smile (Sub Ryan Sheckleford, 90′).
SUBS NOT USED: Bradley Keetch, Henry Landers.
GOALS: Kelly (31'), Fenelon (90+4')
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