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Shay's Shouts - September

2 months ago By Shay Bottomley

Exiled Magpie Shay Bottomley reflects on the past month at Maidenhead United

Bromley (H) – 2-2
Pinch, punch, first of the month - thankfully not a tactic employed by Dev when we faced Bromley at the start of September!
Maidenhead vs Bromley is certainly not one for the bookies, particularly as last season’s encounters saw a combined 12 goals with the Magpies coming out on top in both. I was, as such, expecting a similar result in this fixture.
The hosts certainly started out better between the two sides, with goals from Adrian Clifton and Josh Kelly (his first this season) before the hour mark.
It was heart breaking to see the visitors get two late goals, one of which from the penalty spot, the other almost immediately after the following kick off.
As I said to Will at the time, it was “the best 90 minutes Maidenhead had played this season, it was the 91st that let us down...”

Eastleigh (H) – 2-0
The cliché term ‘bouncebackability’ could often be applied to Maidenhead United and the game against the Spitfires would prove just that.
Kelly would net two, both of which I missed in the queue for the bar, the former being one of the best goals ever seen at York Road after Christian Smith’s sublime through ball.
Thankfully no repeat of last year’s Tuesday night fixtures against the Hampshire side, as the Magpies held on to the 2-0 lead and Ayo Obileye did not score a penalty against us!
Perhaps most memorable for the appearance of a drone, que “E.T. is a Magpie,” United held on to secure all three points and increase our unbeaten streak to four.

Barnet (A) – 1-0
A close friend’s birthday meant I’d be delaying my maiden trip to Barnet, so Twitter updates would the source of my weekly Magpies fix.
I hadn’t heard much about the Hive Stadium, but the few things I had weren’t appealing. 218 of the Magpies faithful were crammed into a small section of the away grandstand, which, looking at the positives, certainly made it easier for Mick Vogel to photograph the travelling support!
An early goal would prove to be the only goal of the game as a disappointing performance ended the Magpies’ unbeaten run.

Halifax (H) – 3-0
Back at home for my final game before I headed off to Portsmouth, so Mum’s Cabs got one last request for the day’s proceedings.
And what a good game to go out on! 3-0 before half time, two from Kelly and one from Clifton, was not what I, or the team whose ground shares my name, were expecting.
A solid performance dampened ever so slightly by a red card from Obileye which ensured he did not have to make the following week’s trip to Barrow. It’s not that far Ayo! ?

Barrow (A) 2-0
19 loyal supporters would be making the trip to Barrow, a trip hampered by train delays, cancellations and the rush to make it back to the station to ensure a Saturday night’s sleep in Berkshire.
I’d be missing the 660-mile round trip from the very South of England to the very North, instead opting for Soccer Saturday in the absence of F1 Qualifying. Jeff Stelling informed me of a two-nil defeat for the Magpies, perhaps unsurprising considering the difficulty of travelling such a long distance.
Barrow is certainly one of those we’re glad to have early in the season rather than in the winter where cancellations become a much larger factor (imagine a Tuesday nighter!)

Chesterfield (A) 1-3
My links to Chesterfield are limited, other than the fact I sat in front of Martin Allen in the Sutton game last season.
I planned to be in bed by the final whistle with my new role on the early morning shift at Sainsbury’s, but my excitement was just too much to bear being 2-0 up at half time.
Modern Romance was blasted throughout the flat, culminating in a knee slide down the hall as if I’d scored Herson Alves’ strike myself! (Credit to our fantastic graphic designer, Grace, who managed to get the half time graphic in ready within moments of the whistle!)
A sleepless night due to a Chesterfield goal was averted just moments later as Ryan Upward scored the goal to dash any hopes of a comeback for the hosts. I went into work the following morning with a smile on my face, admittedly with a coffee in my hand!

Salford (H) 0-3
Happy Birthday to me! And the fixtures computer had given me a nice present in the form of Gary Neville’s Salford at York Road.
Suffering withdrawal symptoms from no Maidenhead action in two weeks, I was sure to be making the trip home to York Road before going out in the evening to celebrate.
I was admittedly nervous for this one, as the early season trembles Salford had suffered were long gone, with the visitors unbeaten in 10 ahead of their maiden visit to Maidenhead.
Ex-Aberdeen striker would score his ninth of the season in a game which showed the sheer talent of the heavily-invested Salford side. United were by no means poor, but mistakes which we may have got away with against another side were punished by the visitors.
Despite the result, I left with a smile on my face after our beloved PA presented me with a wonderful card signed by all members of the squad. Cheers gents!

So, what can we reflect on this month? For sure, I think we all feel a bit more relaxed than we did at the end of August, where we currently reside in 17th on goal difference rather than 23rd. The team seems to have gelled together rather well, and I feel the future is bright once we escape the cruel run of fixtures that see us face three promotion favourites in as many games. As such, I think it’s important to keep our heads held high as we approach more favourable fixtures, which should hopefully see us advance to the First Round Proper of the FA Cup.

Come on you Magpies!

Updated 20:43 - 12 Oct 2018 by Steve Jinman

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