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Maidenhead United have rediscovered their togetherness, says Ryan Upward

Maidenhead United midfielder Ryan Upward says his side have rediscovered their togetherness and are now only looking up in the National League.

The Magpies found themselves hovering above the relegation zone in January but back-to-back victories over Eastleigh and Solihull Moors have strengthened their survival hopes.

A 450-mile round trip to third-from-bottom AFC Fylde awaits this weekend and Upward told the Advertiser the squad is relishing the battle ahead.

He said: “There seemed like there was something missing but we’re actually starting to work for each other and we are a collective unit now.

“There’s been a few fresh faces come in (Jaydn Mundle-Smith and Ody Alfa) and Jake Cassidy moved on but mixing it up has helped us in a way because we needed something fresh.”

Fylde started the season as promotion hopefuls but after blowing a two-goal lead at Eastleigh on Tuesday, the Coasters are now six points from safety.

With heavy rain and strong winds forecast, Upward admitted Saturday’s clash may not be one for the purists.

“We are a team that can get the ball down and play if we need to but when things are bitty we are very good at managing that,” Upward said.

“The conditions will suit us better than them.”

He added: “We are on form and maybe teams think little old Maidenhead can’t play but away from home we have been very good this season.”

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