01:17PM, Monday 19 April 2021
Ryan Peters hopes Maidenhead United have overcome their recent ‘blip’ after Saturday’s positive performance in a 2-2 draw with automatic promotion hopefuls Stockport County.
The Magpies are still without a win in their last five league matches, but this was a big improvement on recent displays and should restore some confidence to a squad that was beginning to lose touch with the play-off contenders.
Manny Parry side-footed the visitors in front from Dan Sparkes’ corner midway through the first half and Danilo Orsi-Dadomo thumped them into a 2-1 lead in the 74th minute, after good work from Josh Kelly and Alfie Egan and in the build-up.
But Stockport were unbeaten in nine matches heading into the contest, and they managed to extend that run to 10 thanks to goals from Harry Cardwell in the first half and Paddy Madden, who converted from close range shortly after Maidenhead had retaken the lead.
Taking stock of an improved performance, but another failure to pick up maximum points despite having led twice, assistant boss Peters said: “Brilliant performance. Of late they haven’t been that great.
“We’ve come up against a side that is going to finish in the top six, who are going to be fighting to go up, and we felt we should have won the game.
“Although it’s a good performance, we’ve come away thinking we should have got more from it.”
The Magpies were without Nathan Blissett for the trip to Stockport, after the striker sustained a nasty looking ankle injury in the latter stages of the side’s goalless draw with Barnet at York Road. But despite the loss of one of their key players Peters said the players had banded together in training and were determined to turn around their recent poor form.
“I think the boys just got together this week and said enough is enough,” he said.
“At one stage we had three or four games in hand, and we were looking up. We’ve had a bit of a blip but we’re back on it now.
“We’ve had a bit of a loss in Bliss (Nathan Blissett). But Danilo stepped up and was terrific today.
“We’ll assess things again and training will determine what we’re going to do. We’re not a full-time team so there is some tail off (in sharpness) and we have to manage the boys. Depending on how they feel will determine how much we do.”
United travel to Wealdstone tomorrow evening (Tuesday) in a game that was originally postponed during the festive period due to COVID events in the Stones’ squad.
They sit 16th in the table with 41 points from 30 matches, 11 points shy of the top seven although they do still have some matches in hand – albeit fewer – on the sides above them.
This is the lowest they’ve been in the table since the third match of the season when they were yet to pick up a point.
After playing the Stones they’re at home to Woking on Saturday.
Maidenhead United’s trip to Huish Park to play Yeovil Town has been rearranged for Tuesday, May 18, 7.45pm kick-off.
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