07:32PM, Saturday 14 December 2019
Maidenhead United 4, Hemel Hempstead Town 2
Shamir Fenelon marked his long-awaited return for Maidenhead United with a brace of goals in his side’s 4-2 FA Trophy win over Hemel Hempstead Town.
The winger had been side-lined for a spell of nine weeks having picked up an injury in early September but looked a man of peak condition on Saturday afternoon as he bagged two in what was a goal fest at York Road.
The Magpies took the lead inside six minutes when Josh Kelly found Danny Whitehall unmarked in the box and he coolly slotted past Sam Beasant.
The hosts pressured well but were guilty of leaving too many men up front as they looked to take advantage of the Tudors’ shaken defence. With a swift counter, Hemel’s Luke Howell was slipped through on goal only for skipper Massey to come to his side’s rescue and clear for a corner.
Connor Essam nodded home Jake Howell’s cross in the 24th minute to level matters but the home side took an all-important lead into the break thanks to Kelly, who latched onto James Comley’s floated ball before rounding Beasant and side-footing home in the 36th minute.
After the break, the first notable chance came on the 57th minute when Whitehall squandered a great chance to extend the Magpies advantage when he hit the crossbar from close range.
The Magpies rued that missed chance when former Magpie Alex Wall slotted home to make it 2-2 minutes later.
Whitehall had an opportunity to make amends with a free kick in a favourable position after being brought down outside the box by Mitch Dickinson. But the Magpie could only curl an effort agonisingly onto the left post after James Comley tried to fool Beasant with a dummy.
However, in an inspired change Fenelon replaced Bernard Mensah and the substitute made an immediate impact, finishing off a fine team move involving Kelly and Remy Clerima to restore his side’s lead. Then, in the blink of an eye, he doubled his tally with a superb strike in the 74th minute, concluding the afternoon’s scoring and helping his side into the next round of the competition.
Devonshire reflected: “It was some substitution wasn’t it? He’s been out for nine weeks, a long time and I’m glad to have him back. He was always going to have twenty minutes or half an hour so I just put him on and I’m pleased for the kid.”
Hemel boss, Sammy Moore added: “We wanted to give Maidenhead a real go and we certainly did that. They’re a tough team to break down and I’m delighted with how we’ve come here today. I’m not too disappointed because I thought our performance was good. ”
Highlights of Maidenhead United's goals, uploaded to twitter by FC Video.
Holyport 6, Abingdon Town 0
Andy Forisky scored a hat-trick as Holyport thrashed Abingdon Town 6-0 at Summerleaze Village this afternoon.
Derek Sweetman’s side were in fine form as they notched up an eighth win of the season to nip above rivals Marlow United into fourth.
Lee Ovens scored his sixth goal in 291 appearances to make it 2-0 to Port in the 47th minute before Forisky went on to complete his hat-trick in the 71st minute, running onto a ball from Fabian Driffill.
Fred Chapman, on loan from Maidenhead United palmed over well as Abingdon threatened a late consolation in the 78th minute, before Holyport wrapped up a thoroughly professional 6-0 win.
Port are back in league action next weekend, at home to second placed Abingdon United on December 21.
Wycombe Wanderers 2, Burton Albion 0
Wycombe Wanderers moved seven points clear at the top of League 1 after a convincing 2-0 win over Burton Albion.
The home side took the lead midway through the first half when Stewart's header found Wheeler who buried the loose ball.
It remained that way until the 90th minute when Matt Bloomfield fired home from inside the box.
Adams Park reverberated to the sound of 'We're Wycombe Wanderers, we're top of the league' as the fans soaked up the side's 12th win of the season.
Victory was made all the sweeter after closest rivals Ipswich Town slipped up at home to Bristol Rovers, losing 2-1.
Wycombe will visit eighth placed Oxford United next Saturday.
Stoke City 0, Reading 0
Reading kept a useful clean sheet as they held Stoke to a goalless draw in the Championship.
Both sides had their chances on the day, but it was a point apiece for the sides who both find themselves battling at the wrong end of the table.
The Royals sit 18th in the table, five points above the Potters who are third from bottom.
Reading host out of form Derby County next Saturday.
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