No Place Like Holmer for Magpies
Maidenhead Win at Watchet Lane
Maidenhead United advanced to the Quarter Finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup with a 2-0 success at the Watchet Lane home of Hellenic League outfit Holmer Green FC.
In front of the Greens largest home crowd of the season, Alan Devonshire handed full debuts to 3 players from the Magpies successful Under 18s side. Bradley Keetch, Bradley Farren and Kameron Gardner are part of the Allied Counties league side who boast a 100% record in all competitions this season. Furthermore, James Dirkin, James Henry and Lewis Boniface all came off the bench to make their inaugural First Team appearances whilst Lewis Pegg and Luke Wayborn made the squad. This was invaluable match practice for the youngsters who will face Nottingham Forest in the FA Youth Cup at York Road next Tuesday evening 11th December. The Magpies line up for this County Cup tie was otherwise largely made up of fringe players and those returning from injury.
The Hellenic Leaguers made a bright start to this tie but the Magpies went on to dominate large periods of the first half. Bradley Keetch tested Brown in the home goal before Herson Alves miscued an effort from range wide of the target. Maidenhead had the lead inside the first twenty minutes as Keetch drove forward and his effort on goal took a deflection to spoon over Brown. The busy Akintunde was denied by the feet of the Greens ‘keeper before the home side passed up two gilt-edged opportunities to level up this Cup tie before half time. Firstly a corner was nodded wide at the near post before Riley capitalised on slack Magpies defending to run clear one-on-one with Hamann. The Magpies ‘keeper was beaten but the post savd the Magpies and the ball was cleared. Within a couple of minutes at the other end Worsfold’s free-kick clipped off the top of the crossbar.
The second half continued in persistent rain. Akintunde worked his way towards goal before slicing wide and the home side went close when the impressive Duffy saw his cross narrowly elude Duffy. The Magpies made the most of that let off as Owusu cut in from the left and converted despite the best efforts of Brown to smother the ball on its way into the net. A turn and shot from Duffy was gathered by Hamann otherwise Maidenhead saw out time to advance to a Quarter Final tie at Aylesbury United who currently play at Chesham United’s ground.
MAGPIES: Hamann, Gardner, Worsfold, Odametey, Peters, Alves, Keetch, Farren (Sub Henry 83), Akintunde (Sub Boniface 65), Owusu (Sub Dirkin 79), Massey ©.
GOALS: Keetch (18), Owusu (58).
Subs not used: Pegg, Wayborn.
GREENS: Brown, Crawford, Duffy, Stone, Munday, Hunt, Riley, Lines ©, Powles, Cox, Burrell.
Substitutes: Kotwica, Scott, Parsons, Tyson.