06:09PM, Saturday 15 August 2015
Maidenhead United 0, Gosport Borough 0
Both sides will be reasonably satisfied with a point after Maidenhead United's home game against Gosport Borough ended in stalemate on Saturday.
The York Road crowd arrived hoping for the kind of football that saw both sides score four goals in midweek victories, but this was a more pedestrian affair in which defences were very much on top.
The best of the afternoon's chances arrived in the opening minute, when Jake Reid stole a yard on his marker but Nathan Ashmore tipped his rising drive over the bar.
From the resultant corner kick it was Reid again who got in a powerful header that was hacked clear by a combination of Ashmore and his defenders.
For Gosport, who passed the ball around neatly, George Barker drilled wide in the 10th minute and Justin Bennett - scorer of four goals in Boro's midweek win over Weston-super-Mare -flashed a left footed effort wide.
United came back at Gosport as the half drew to a close with Dave Tarpey testing Ashmore and Ryan Upward chipping wide but the teams went in level at the break.
United emerged the brighter of the two sides after the interval and Ben Wright and Barker traded tame shots, but as the match wore on the better efforts came from the visitors.
Bennett's header from Rory Williams' left-wing cross narrowly missed Carl Pentney's post in the 62nd minute and the United stopper was called upon again 10 minutes later to keep out Mike Carter's fiercely struck drive.
The match then petered out into a stalemate, brightened only by substitute Dan Wooden's swerving left-footed attempt from distance that clipped the outside of Pentney's post in the 83rd minute.
Afterwards United boss Alan Devonshire, whose side remains unbeaten this season after two wins and a draw, said: "We didn't play well today. I don't know why. A lot of the players didn't seem to be at it. But as I say it's early days in the season.
"They were probably better than us today but we got a draw and we'll take that.
"We defended well. We didn't play and pass the ball as we wanted to, or as well as we did on Tuesday (when United beat Bishop's Stortford 4-1), but you get them days.
"Gosport will be around there so it's a good starting point for us. But we didn't play well today, you get these games when you play a 45 game season. They aren't all going to be like it was on Tuesday. We'll take a point."
Maidenhead United team: Pentney, Peters, Pritchard, Upward, Massey (c), Inman, Tarpey (James 69), Mulley, Reid, Wright (Barratt 69), Huggins (Nisbet 79). Substitutes not used: Steer, Walters.
Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Cuthbertson, Williams, Carter, Poate (c), Woodford, Harding, Dunford, Wort (Wooden 72), Bennett, Barker. Substitutes not used: White, Scott, Walker, Ryan.
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