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Magpies Plain-sore as Gulls score four

Neil Maskell

Neil Maskell

Magpies Plain-sore as Gulls score four

Credit: Mick Vogel

United suffered a troubled trip to Torquay followed by a first half horror show on an evening to forget in the English Riveira on Tuesday night.

A part closure of the M5 resulted in a delayed kick off to the fixture at Plainmoor. The Maidenhead players had less than 40 minutes to change, warm up and to receive instructions from manager Alan Devonshire, who drafted Ryan Peters in to the starting line up in place of Remy Clerima, who was suffering from a knock.

The rushed preparation after a frustrating journey manifested itself in a dismal first half performance which will have dismayed the 72 travelling supporters who braved the lengthy midweek jaunt. United were behind inside five minutes when a marginal freekick decision against Comley was punished emphatically as McQuoid steered a header from the resultant Young set-piece past the stranded Pentney. This was just the start of the capitulation as Maidenhead found themselves two adrift with not even a quarter of an hour played as possession was conceded in our own half and Young's finish was decisive.

Maidenhead entirely failed to impose their usual high tempo game on a Torquay side who were winless prior to this fixture and who for their part provided very little evidence on the night as to why this was the case with a confident performance. A sloppy third goal barely halfway through the first period was slotted home by Murphy after United were indecisive in their efforts at clearing a corner. And it was four before the break as a well worked move provided the outstanding Reid with a simple opportunity.

The game killed off as a contest, Maidenhead had little other than their pride to play for in the second half. Backed by the tireless vocal support of those patient 72 visiting fans, United were much brighter in the second half but despite the industry of the busy Sam Barratt and the introduction of Hyde and McKenzie - returning from his loan period at Bognor - failed to unduly test Dorel and it was the soaring Gulls who came closest to the final say in what was frankly a non-event of a second half when Keating lashed a late effort wide of Pentney's goal.

MAGPIES: Pentney, Peters, Massey, Goodman, Steer, Odametey, Comley, Upward (sub Hyde 57), Pritchard (sub Smith 57), Barratt, Clifton (sub McKenzie 73).

Subs not used: Inman, Kilman.

GULLS: Dorel, Higgins, Gowling, McGinty, Davis, Young, Lathrope (sub Gray 86), Evans, McQuoid (sub Myrie-Williams 79), Reid (sub Keating 71), Murphy.

Subs not used: Efete, Osborn.

GOALS: McQuoid (4), Young (13), Murphy (22), Reid (45).

Attendance: 1567.

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