Magpies end pre-season unbeaten
Maidenhead edged League 2 Wycombe Wanderers on a wet July evening under the lights at York Road. A late Akinfenwa own goal coming from an inswinging Barratt corner was the only goal of the evening in a game for the most part dominated by both backlines.
It was an impressive win for the Magpies, now just 8 days away from their National League bow and a vast improvement on the 4-1 friendly defeat suffered just over a year ago to the Chairboys.
There were home debuts for Goodman, Hyde and Odametey while Clifton made his second debut. Mckenzie would also get his first York Road minutes coming on as a second half sub. Clifton would start the game playing just behind Hyde as Maidenhead lined up with a 4-4-1-1.
A wet first half saw no real chances of note with neither side dealing with the slippery conditions well. Pritchard stung the palms of Brown while Hyde flicked a header wide as the Magpies ended the first half on top.
With Massey, substituted at the break the captain’s armband went to Pritchard.
Southwell, who looked most lively for the visitors produced a scary moment for the Magpies defence on 51 minutes as his low cross just about evaded everyone as it begged to be tapped in.
This seemed to spark life into the match as Maidenhead countered with a double chance of their own after 54 minutes. Firstly, Odametey beat his man and after cutting in saw his left-foot effort cannon off Brown’s hands out to Pritchard, the wingers cross found Clifton who agonisingly guided it just wide.
The Chairboys would respond with a trio of chances in close succession, Pentney blocking with his legs from an angle before pushing a low effort round the post. From the corner it took a full stretch Pritchard clearance off the line to keep the game level.
Nathan Tyson, upon his return to Wycombe should have finally opened the scoring but blazed over three yards out before Pentney was at full stretch once more to tip an Akinfenwa header wide. After ten minutes of Wycombe pressure it came slightly against the run of play as the game finally saw a goal, with it going to the home side.
Similarly to Tuesday’s B&B final the lone goal came from an in swinging corner from Barratt in the 79th minute. It was unclear how the ball found the net but it seems the most are pointing the finger at the unfortunate Akinfenwa for scoring an OG.
Maidenhead held on, finishing pre-season on a high following the B&B trophy win and success against EFL oppositon.
Mark Nisbet’s testimonial will take place on Sunday 30th July, 2pm KO. Tickets are available to buy on the day. Adults £10, Children £1
Magpies: Pentney, Clerima, Kilman (Hammond, 76), Massey (Inman, 45), Goodman (Mckenzie, 76), Odametey (Mulley, 76), Pritchard (Barratt, 64), Upward (Trialist, 64), Comley (Smith, 64), Clifton (Tarpey, 61), Hyde (Marks, 61).
Wycombe: Brown, Jombati, Jacobson, El Abd, Williams, Harriman, Gape, Saunders, Bloomfield, Tyson, Southwell
Subs: Hayes, Freeman, Akinfenwa, Rowe, Muller, O’Nien, Trialist