Pratt bags double in thrilling Magpies FA Cup win
Match report courtesy of Charles Watts, Maidenhead Advertiser
A brace from top scorer Dave Pratt helped Maidenhead United FC see off a spirited Bognor Regis side and progress through to the next round of the FA Cup at York Road this afternoon.
The frontman has been a revelation since arriving from Basingstoke Town in the summer and has now has scored seven goals in his first nine games for the Magpies.
He took just 10 minutes to open the scoring against Bognor when he was left unmarked to head home Alex Wall's magnificent cross from the right hand side.
United were then fortunate not to concede an equaliser when Terry Dodd poked an effort against the post having been left unmarked in the box.
At the other end Wall saw a powerful shot saved by the legs of Craig Stoner before Pratt doubled the lead on 25 minutes, turning in Harry Pritchard's low cross.
Despite leading 2-0, the Magpies never looked comfortable and twice they had to rely on fine saves from Billy Lumley to maintain their advantage.
He blocked a close range Steve Harper effort with his legs on 34 minutes and denied the same man moments later, producing a breathtaking stop to push Harper's close range effort past the post.
United were under the cosh but they should have extended their lead on the stroke of half-time when Wall dragged his shot wide after some fine link-up play with Pratt.
Bognor came out fired up after the interval and it was no surprise when they deservedly pulled a goal back on 55 minutes.
Lumley failed to deal with Kane Wills' corner and Dodd was on hand to slam the loose ball into the empty net.
The goal seemed to wake Maidenhead up and soon after Harry Pritchard had struck a post, Leon Solomon made it 3-1 with a cheeky lob after a corner had only been partially cleared.
But still Bognor came back and they reduced the deficit yet again with 25 minutes remaining when they were awarded a soft penalty.
Solomon was adjudged to have fouled Mu Mann in the box and the striker got up to beat Lumley from 12 yards and give the visitors renewed hope.
They had one chance to equalise but Dodd shot weakly at Lumley before United wrapped up the win with a penalty of their own two minutes from time.
Reece Tison-Lascaris, who has wasted a glorious opportunity 10 minutes earlier, was fouled in the box and Bobby Behzadi made no mistake from the spot.
Maidenhead: Lumley, Solomon, Duncan, Brown, Behzadi, McKain, Wall (Powell, 63), Semakula, Tison-Lascaris (Lucas, 89), Pratt (Hippolyte, 90), Pritchard. Subs not used: Regis, Tokarczyk (gk).
Bognor: Stoner, Marzetti, Wollers (Stockford, 63), Crane, Axten, John, Harper (Walshe, 77), Wills, Mann, Dodd, Kempson (Folkes, 53), Subs not used: Tuck, Boyle (gk).
Source: Maidenhead Advertiser
ALso, read STeve Jinmans take on this match at http://educatedleftfoot.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/get-your-rocks-off.html