Shay given a shock
Magpies march on in the Trophy
Maidenhead summoned up the spirit of 2004 to move through to the last sixteen of the Buildbase FA Trophy with a deserved victory at the MBi Shay Stadium. A little under fourteen years ago John Dreyer's Isthmian Leaguers recorded a shock victory at the same venue in this very competition in a best-ever run to the quarter-finals. And a Maidenhead side showing just one change to the side which dominated long periods of a goalless National League draw against the same opposition only last Saturday - Kilman replacing Comley who reverted to the susbtitutes bench - put in a dominant performance to march on.
But they had to come from behind to do so having suffered the significant blow of conceding after only 33 seconds of this tie. Remy Clerima intercepted a pass intended for lively Shaymen winger Kysolo but big centre-forward Denton picked up the loose ball and fed the Halifax number 7 - so impressive in our 3-2 National League defeat at this venue in September - who slotted past Pentney. Confidence was not knocked by conceding so early on and United forced a number of corners before a first half-chance came with 15 minutes played as Marks flicked on Pritchard's freekick for Clerima to volley over the top of Johnson's goal. This tie was keenly contested with referee Mr Johnson producing the yellow card to four Shaymen in the first half alone much to the chagrin of the home support and with all of a West Yorkshire persuasion getting increasingly frustrated Maidenhead began to dominate. Another Pritchard freekick was cleared only as far as Clerima who smashed a first time effort just wide and Emmanuel was played clean through on goal by Pritchard but scewed his effort wide of the target. Between times, Pentney parried a Hibbs freekick and following the resultant corner Garner headed a MacDonald centre over.
Maidenhead were level on the stroke of half time. It was a fine team goal as Upward broke up Halifax possession in the middle of the park and Pritchard's pass found Kilman who sprayed a cross-field ball to Odametey. Harold broke at pace and his ball into the six yard box was bundled home by Emmanuel for a fully merited equaliser. And following this timely boost United went on to control almost the entirety of the second period. Emmanuel scewed wide having been played in by Pritchard but within a minute Maidenhead were ahead when Odametey picked up possession following a shanked clearance by Johnson in the Halifax goal and Harold's pass found Pritchard who took two touches with his left foot before firing home with his right. Before the hour mark Maidenhead were two goals to the good when Steer's left side centre found the head of Emmanuel who gave Johnson no chance.
The home side had loud shouts for a penalty kick when Clerima tangled with Denton at the far post inside the final twenty minutes but a little over sixty seconds later it was Maidenhead who had a spot kick as Emmanuel chased Pritchard's ball to the byline and as he turned back inside he was tripped by Shaymen skipper Brown. Pritchard doubled his personal tally for the day sending Johnson the wrong way and there was still time for a welcome return from injury for Sam Barratt before a fine Pentney double save at point-blank range from substitutes Tomlinson and Khan in the closing stages of rewarding afternoon.
MAGPIES: Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Odametey, Massey, Emmanuel (sub Emmanuel 75), Marks (sub Smith 82), Pritchard, Upward, Kilman (sub Comley 79), Goodman.
Subs not used: Owusu, Peters.
GOALS: Emmanuel (45, 59) Pritchard (52, 73 Pen)
SHAYMEN: Johnson, Wilde, Brown, Garner, Kosylo (sub Khan 80), Denton, Hibbs, Oliver (sub Tomlinson 56), Clarke, MacDonald, McManus.
Subs not used: Nicholson, Hotte, Barrows.
GOAL: Kysolo (1)