07:00AM, Friday 30 August 2019
Rene Steer celebrating Josh Smile’s goal against Bromley. Photo by Darren Woolley
Monday’s 2-1 home defeat to Bromley might have taken some of the gloss off Maidenhead United’s impressive start to the campaign.
But, after another summer of comings and goings at York Road, few would have predicted the Magpies would be sat fifth in the table at the end of a hectic first month.
Manager Alan Devonshire is rightly proud of what his small, stretched and injury-hit squad have achieved during August – but he’s warned them it’s just a start and hopes they’ll carry on proving the doubters wrong.
There were a few choice words said after United’s 2-1 win over Yeovil Town on Saturday, but it was a game Devonshire felt his side dominated, and deserved to win with Josh Smile and Danny Whitehall on the scoresheet.
Smile was at it again against Bromley on Monday, but, in record bank holiday temperatures, the Ravens responded just when it looked like the Magpies were closing in on a fourth straight league win.
Recco Hackett-Fairchild was the man to prick the feel good factor around York Road with goals in the 77th and 89th minutes.
“Both games were really heated,” said Devonshire.
“But I would have taken one win from the two.
“They’re probably the best two games we’ve played all season. I felt we outplayed Yeovil.
“And there’s disappointment on Monday against Bromley because I felt we deserved something from the game. We were the better side for 75 minutes but we ran out of puff.”
Life doesn’t get much easier for the Magpies with trips to Sutton United on Saturday and Wrexham on Tuesday but United have been in excellent form on the road this season and will hope to upset a few more people this week.
“We don’t go away to these sides to make life difficult,” said Devonshire. “We go to win games and that’s what we’ve done. I’ll worry about my team and my team has done really, really well.
“I’m proud of the start we’ve made. We’ve done really well but it’s just a start. The target is still 50 points.”
United fans will have fond memories of their trips to Gander Green Lane in the National League, having won on both occasions. Last season Adrian Clifton was the man who grabbed the game’s only goal for a win which helped spark the Magpies’ survival bid.
“We have a good record there, yes, but that counts for nothing,” said Devonshire.
“Every game is tough but we’re the only team to have won at Stockport, the only team to have won at Torquay and the only team to win at Yeovil I think, but it certainly doesn’t get any easier for us.
“It’s a 3G pitch on Saturday, which I don’t like and that will test the players’ legs ahead of a big trip to Wrexham on Tuesday.
“We’ve done it at Torquay, getting back at 1am and we’ll have to do it again next week.”
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