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Magpies wings clipped by soaring Ravens

Magpies wings clipped by soaring Ravens

Credit: Darren Woolley

Maidenhead United 1, Bromley 2

Maidenhead United’s remarkable start to the season was checked in the Bank Holiday heat with a reverse at the hands of unbeaten Bromley who took the points thanks to Reeco Hackett-Fairchild’s double in the final15 minutes of a high quality National League match.

Alan Devonshire opted to reshuffle his pack with a second fixture in 48 hours in prospect in stifling conditions. 

Rene Steer, James Comley, Shamir Fenelon and James Akintunde were introduced to the starting line up with Danny Whitehall also replacing the injured Jake Cassidy.

The much-changed Magpies started brightly and looked high in confidence following a three-game winning streak.

They suffered an early scare when Ravens playmaker Adam Mekki went down under a challenge from Seth Twumasi but Maidenhead responded quickly with Fenelon side-footing wide of the target after good work by the lively Akintunde. 

A last ditch Twumasi block denied Mekki again before defender Joe Ellul got on the end of a Massey cross and headed towards goal, the danger cleared from his own goal line by the authoritative Ravens skipper Marc-Anthony Okoye.

Maidenhead had edged the first half but the visitors showed why they had not registered a defeat this season with an impressive opening to the second period as the temperatures continued to soar. 

A last ditch Comley interception denied Michael Klass and the Ravens forced a number of corners as Maidenhead were pinned back by the visitors first period of concerted pressure. 

The best of those openings saw defender Joe Kizzi head towards goal only for Ellul to clear and Maidenhead may have taken the lead with a raid on the counter as Comley’s free-kick was headed across goal towards Fenelon who could only shoot straight at Cousins. 

It was the impressive Josh Smile who opened the scoring for the hosts in the 65th minute as he drilled home a loose ball from just inside the Bromley penalty area following a cross from Fenelon.

The visitors were almost level moments after, with substitute Luke Coulson missing a glorious opportunity after Steer squandered possession to the hard-working Michael Cheek.

But Bromley were rewarded for their endeavours in the 77th minute as former Charlton man Reeco Hackett-Fairchild finished clinically after Comley was caught dwelling on the ball.

Danny Whitehall was denied a winner when he latched on to a long diagonal ball from Ellul only to see his effort saved at full-stretch by Bromley goalkeeper Mark Cousins.

The visitors then snatched victory in the dying moments of the game as Hackett-Fairchild slalomed through the tiring Maidenhead defence before finishing into the far corner.

The Magpies were unable to salvage a point their performance deserved and finish the Bank Holiday weekend sitting 5th in the National League.

MAGPIES: Ashby-Hammond, Steer, Ellul, Fenelon (Sub Sheckleford, 75), Comley (Sub Mensah, 90), Whitehall, Twumasi, Akintunde (Sub Kelly, 77), Upward, Massey, Smile.

Subs not used: Keetch, Landers.

GOAL SCORER: Smile (65)

RAVENS: Cousins, Kizzi, Wood, Okoye, Raymond, Cheek, Bingham, Mekki (Sub Coulson HT), Bush, Klass (Sub Rees, 63), Hackett-Fairchild.

Subs not used: Dunne, Tanner, Henry.

GOAL SCORER: Hackett-Fairchild (77, 89)

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