Maidenhead United grind out well-deserved point against Glovers

Neil Maskell

Reece Smith. Photo: George Tewkesbury

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Yeovil Town 0, Maidenhead United 0

Maidenhead United ground out a well-deserved point in adversity from their Tuesday night visit to Yeovil Town.

Alan Devonshire suffered a blow pre-match when Ryan Upward – selected in the starting XI – suffered a back-spasm and was replaced just before kick off by Charlee Adams.

The Magpies also had to play out the final twenty minutes with ten men after new signing Jay Mingi – otherwise impressive on debut – was sent off for receiving two yellow cards. Mingi, the on-loan Portsmouth youngster, was one of six changes made by Devonshire following the weekend defeat by Kings Lynn Town.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the first period, their first chance coming inside ten minutes when teenager Reece Smith took a corner which Nathan Blissett met with his head at the near post, the ball ultimately being comfortably claimed by Adam Smith in goal for the Glovers.

The experienced Blissett was causing problems for Darren Sarll’s team, running on to a loose ball after Sam Barratt had charged down a clearance only to be snuffed out when he was about to pull the trigger, before being brought down on the edge of the box when chasing onto a long ball at the cost of a yellow card to Yeovil’s Josh Staunton.

Blissett later capitalised on another defensive error but could only find the side-netting from a tight angle, however the hosts had the better of the final stages of the half with the Joe Quigley nodding two presentable chances wide of Rhys Lovett’s goal.

A scrappy second period was short on quality attempts on goal, albeit Barratt tested Smith in the opening seconds of the half.

Lovett was called into action to claw away the danger just before the hour when George Wells inadvertently flicked a Yeovil free-kick towards his own goal and the Magpies ‘keeper had to be alert to deny Ben Seymour a tap in following Quigley’s cut back.

The game became if anything even more of a dog-fight after Mingi – cautioned in the first half by referee Adrian Quelch for a foul on Tom Knowles – was dismissed for illegally halting a Yeovil break from deep in their own half.

It was a disappointing way for the 20-year-old holding midfield to end his debut having looked composed moving the ball quickly to set up Magpies attacks, particularly in the first half.

Thereafter, Maidenhead stayed firm and the only remote threat to their goal in that final 20 minutes came when Quigley nodded a hopeful high ball into the area wide of the far post.

Devonshire’s men held out for the draw and were warmly applauded by the vocal 34 travelling supporters who made the long midweek trip.

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