12:30PM, Monday 18 October 2021
Photo: Elise O’Brien
Jay Mingi believes Saturday’s success against Hastings United has given Maidenhead United the boost they so desperately needed after a run of eight games without a win in the National League.
The midfielder, signed on loan from Portsmouth, was brought in to add some protection to the Magpies’ precarious backline, and he did that astutely in last weekend’s FA Cup clash.
Playing alongside Ryan Upward and Kane Ferdinand, Mingi was also given the license to go further forward, and he came close to scoring on several occasions.
Speaking after the match against the U’s, the 20-year-old reflected on the afternoon: “Collectively, it was a very good performance and a much-needed win.
“Obviously our form lately hasn’t been the best, so this should give us plenty of confidence going into the next round and the next league game aswell.
“There is no time better than right now for the team [to kick on]. Our confidence is high, and the team are buzzing after this win.
“Individually, I was quite unlucky not to score and, on another day, I could’ve had a hattrick.
“My Dad was down here this afternoon, and it was good to see him in the stands. He hasn’t watched me play in a while.
“So, I definitely wanted to score. You always want to – there’s no better feeling than scoring a goal. But I know if I get in the right positions, it will eventually come."
On his time so far at York Road, Mingi added: “I’ve needed to get out and play senior football, and I think this was the perfect place to come. I get nothing but encouragement and motivation to play how I want to play and do the right thing.
“You always have plenty to learn from the boss (Alan Devonshire) because he’s been there done that. Also, from the other staff aswell who see the game from a different perspective.
“I’m really enjoying it here.”
There will be displays at Windsor Racecourse and Legoland, local fireworks in Burnham and Twyford and smaller displays at schools in the Royal Borough.