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October reflections on Maidenhead United

Mark Luxton

Mark Luxton

October reflections on Maidenhead United

Magpies supporter Mark Luxton took on the duty of reflecting on month number three in the National League. Read below his thoughts on the month of October!

Record: LDWDWD

Highlights of the Month

September ended with a thumping 3-0 win over Guiseley, which nicely set up October; five league matches, two home and three away followed, with an FA Cup tie also thrown in the mix. Before any action took place however, all eyes for Magpies fans turned to the FA Cup 4th qualifying round draw, with the outcome being a home tie against NLS opposition Havant & Waterlooville.

Football was first played the following day, and for the travelling scores of Magpies, it was a Tuesday night trek to Torquay. The least said about that the better! The following game, a home fixture, also saw goals, 6 in total, with the honours shared against the Shots and a bumper 2,425 gate. Some things were seen in the vicinity of York Road for the first time in recent memory, notably police horses and riot vans (neither were required btw) and some yellow paint in the shape of hatched markings!!! On the pitch, the Magpies came from behind to take the lead, only to concede again in injury time. #gutted

Up next, the FA Cup tie against H&W saw the Magpies leave it late to grab an injury time winner, courtesy of Upward with the ensuing scenes on and off the pitch. This match also had a contender for save of the season, with Pentney pulling off a fantastic left-handed save from close range. The Magpies were in to the 1st round proper again, with fans glued to the telebox on the Monday to see who number 69 would be drawn against.

Two tough away trips followed to teams placed in the top two; firstly, away to Dover and then three days later a visit to Bromley. These three days would show without doubt what this squad was about. With Storm Brian doing his best to intervene at Dover, a scrappy game captured by a soggy Mick, saw the Magpies 1-0 down until a 93-minute header was nudged over the line to earn a huge point, this was then followed by one of the most entertaining 45 minutes of football from the first half at Bromley. What a half, a brace for Clifton, a well struck pen from Harry, putting the Magpies 3-2 up at HT, a lead that they would hold on to until the final whistle. More jubilant scenes on and off the pitch and another astro-turf away win. You need to go back to 1989 for the last time the Magpies were defeated on the fake stuff [Thanks Steve Jinman]. These away results more than made up for how the month started, continuing to show that we can compete with the leagues finest. The month ended with a satisfactory point at home to D&R, and with a depleted bench it was well earned, albeit with a lacklustre second half.

Overall, October proved on balance to be a pretty good one.

Goal of the Month

By no means the finest, but for me, it generated some momentum in a game that we deserved to get something out of. Literally with the last head or kick of the game (!) the leveller at Dover was the most important. This gave us the result and with a much-changed line-up, showed again that this squad can battle right to the end. This goal IMO, also set them up with the confidence required for the Bromley match, and we know what happened there. Who got the goal seems up for debate, but from the terraces, we just know it went in.

Funny Moment(s) of the Month

Miles travelled to matches by fans, 704, and by the players’ coach, 728, this warranted chants of 'sack the driver, sack the driver'. You had no choice but to laugh during HT at Torquay.

Inman takes aim at FC Video - https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/919281177575460865

Inman was pretty convinced that this was a penalty - https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/919281177575460865

Massey got away with this blatant handball - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMMD3C1XkAAmf2u.jpg:large

Upward working on his knee slide - https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/919281085837643776

Star Man of the Month

Quite unsure where the dubious goals panel sits for National League, but Adrian can put claim to either three or five goals. Much banter was generated between the players on Twitter on who got the goals, either way, his contribution in October is noted, and now playing in a more advanced role during his 2nd spell back at Maidenhead, the Monserrat international gets my October star man. Honourable shout out also goes to Sam Barratt, getting a call up to train with England C and then being included in the travelling squad to play in Slovakia, good luck Sam.

We need also to say a fond farewell to Deano, a vital part of our championship winning side and a player who will be missed by all I'm sure on and off the pitch.

If you’re interested in writing next months ‘November reflections’ please email us at social@maidenheadunitedfc.org or message on social media @mufcyorkroad

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