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Match report: Magpies on the brink after Boreham Wood defeat

Match report: Magpies on the brink after Boreham Wood defeat

Photo Credit: Darren Woolley

Maidenhead United 0, Boreham Wood 0

Maidenhead United put in a strong-willed display but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat at York Road to fifth placed opposition Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Kabongo Tshimbanga scored the only goal in this contest on the 21st minute when he bundled home Tyrone Marsh’s cross into Taye Ashby-Hammond’s net. But in the game’s dying embers, it was the hosts who were the more fired up side.

The Magpies had their fair share of opportunities to level the game in the second half with Ody Alfa at the heart of Maidenhead’s attack. But on an uncharacteristically bad day for star striker Danny Whitehall, a lot of the hosts’ chances went begging as they fell to a fourth consecutive defeat in the National League. 

Alan Devonshire’s players nearly had the ideal start to the game when Whitehall was presented free kick just 25 yards outside the Wood area. But the forward could only see his strike crash off the visitors’ wall and be hastily cleared away. The Magpies continued to look dangerous when Whitehall was sent into acres of space from Joe Ellul’s pass, only for the forward to shoot wide of the left post.

The visitors almost immediately made their hosts pay for their wasted efforts when Kieran Murtagh floated a teasing ball to the far post for Matt Rhead. The forward nodded the ball back across the box for Tshimbanga to conclude the move by attempting to body the ball over the line with his chest. Fortunately for the Magpies, skipper Alan Massey was there to clear away the chance.

But five minutes later the hosts were behind when Tshimanga made amends from a similar team move and found the back of the net with his right foot despite Ellul’s best efforts to hack away a clearance.

In the lead-up to the game Devonshire called on the fans to back his players and that they did in a lively conclusion to the game. On the 75th minute, Alfa looked to have an effort destined for the bottom left corner of Ashmore’s net but the Wood goalkeeper did well to get down and parry the effort away.

Just 10 minutes later Remy Clerima had a golden opportunity to bring the game level after Twumasi picked out his fellow defender in the box. But unbelievably, the Magpie mistimed his leap and was unable to get any connection on the ball. The Maidenhead fans suspected their player may have been fouled as he went for the header but referee Alan Dale was quick to wave away the penalty cries.

In a dramatic conclusion, Ashmore thwarted Maidenhead’s chances to level by timewasting and received a red card before Alan Dale blew for full time shortly after.

The result leaves the Magpies two points above the bottom three with a game in hand. They host Stockport next Saturday (March 14).

After the game Alan Devonshire said: “I think we had chances before they scored and it was a bad goal to give away. But we’ve had better chances in the second half to get something. We've played better than we have in the last three games, we've got to build on that and take that into next week."


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