06:00PM, Wednesday 05 May 2021
Skipper Alan Massey would probably have taken a point from Monday’s game against Wrexham before kick-off, but the way things panned out, he and his teammates were desperately disappointed not to take all three.
The Magpies mastered the blustery conditions well in the first half and deservedly led at the break thanks to a couple of stunning strikes from Sam Barratt and James Comley. Barratt drove the home side in front after 15 minutes with a sensational goal of the season contender from inside his own half, while Comley ran half the length of the field before half-volleying the ball past Rob Lainton to make it 2-0 on the half-hour mark.
A riled-up Wrexham fought back to make it 2-2 in the second half with goals from Jordan Davies and Dior Angus, but Massey felt United did brilliantly to compete with so many players out injured and having played at King’s Lynn 48 hours previously.
“They’re a good side who have been going well and are pushing for the play-offs,” he said. “I would have taken a point before hand, but we’re disappointed to have been 2-0 up only to draw 2-2.
“I thought the boys were brilliant, especially after playing on Saturday and with a squad that’s down to the bare bones.
“The conditions weren’t easy to play but they’re the same for both teams. You just have to deal with it the best you can and hope that the ball falls for you instead of them at times.”
United will look for a first win in four matches when they visit a Hartlepool United side reeling from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Bromley. Pools had been flying high but have recently dropped to fourth in the table. United will also feel they owe them one after playing well in a harsh 4-0 defeat early in the season.
Despite the lengthening injury list Massey believes United are capable of taking more scalps before the season is out.
“Injuries are part and parcel of a long season,” he said. “At times you’re going to get injuries and other boys are going to have to come in. In fairness to the boys who have come in today, they’ve done an excellent job, fair play to them.
“Playing a side like that and going toe-to-toe with them for 90 minutes should give the boys plenty of confidence and we’re looking forward to having a go at some other sides as well in the coming weeks.”
Police were called to the River Thames between Cookham and Bourne End yesterday at about 3pm, to reports that a teenage boy had entered the water but hadn’t been seen to leave.