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Sparkes fly as Dan caps off Maidenhead United's fine display

Dan Sparkes. Photo: George Tewkesbury

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Maidenhead United cruised to a 6-0 win over Wealdstone on Tuesday night, powered by a Danilo Orsi-Dadomo hat-trick and a brace from Dan Sparkes.

The match ball may have ended up in Danilo’s hands come full-time, but Sparkes was certainly in contention for his contribution, scoring twice in the 81st and 85th minute to cap off a fine evening at Grosvenor Vale.

The 29-year-old midfielder believes the performance showcased the Magpies’ intentions of obtaining a play-off position.

“I don’t think we were great in the first half, but in the second, we went on a bit of a riot,” said Sparkes.

“We moved the ball well and we didn’t waste it like we were doing in the first half.

“It was just a solid team performance, especially from us boys up front.

“I felt we were very clinical in front of goal. Danilo got his hattrick, Sam has been consistently scoring goals, and I was happy to get a couple myself.

“I had a little joke with Danilo at full-time saying I wanted to take the ball off him. But in all honesty, he deserved it. He was brilliant.”

Sparkes added: “We have had a little bit of a blip recently, but I think with a performance like that, we are very capable of reaching the play-offs.

“The lads have got the ability and have very good attributes across the board.

“We are constantly encouraged by the gaffer to keep level-headed and take it one game at a time, but play-offs is something I personally want to achieve this year.”

Sparkes was signed from Barnet last year on a free transfer and has since proven his worth as a priceless asset in Alan Devonshire’s squad given the impact of the tricky attacker in his debut campaign.

By his own estimation, Sparkes has tallied up five goals and eight assists this season.

“I’ve always been known to get more assists than goals, but I’m just happy to help the team however I can,” he said.

“I signed a one year deal with Maidenhead but the gaffer has been talking to me about the possibility of staying on next year. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

“In terms of the squad, the staff who have been at the club for years have said this is the best they’ve ever seen and worked with.

“It’s a compliment to the ones who have come in like myself and to those that have been there from day one.”

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