Magpies seal victory in eventful match
United victorious away to Bromley
Maidenhead United secured all 3 points in a 3-2 victory over Bromley FC at the H2T Stadium in one of the most eventful games of the season so far.
Two goals from Adrian Clifton and a sublime penalty from Harry Pritchard proved to be enough to secure United’s first away win since the 2-0 victory over Sutton on 2nd September.
Bromley, who had only conceded four goals at home this season prior to last night’s fixture, were quickly on the scoresheet after Luke Wanadio fired home past Carl Pentney in the 10th minute.
The Magpies were quick to respond, as recent signing, Moses Emmanuel, struck the crossbar soon after, but it took only 3 more minutes for a Harry Pritchard corner to be headed in by Adrian Clifton.
Max Kilman’s rough challenge on Bromley’s Wanadio found himself in the book, joining Emmanuel who had been booked earlier for a foul on Bromley keeper, David Gregory.
Nevertheless, a remarkable tackle by Remy Clerima launched United into a counter-attack which saw Sam Barratt fouled in the box. The penalty to Maidenhead was taken by Pritchard, who struck the ball firmly past Gregory and into the net, giving Maidenhead a 2-1 lead.
Bromley answered within 2 minutes, with Josh Rees equalising for the home side. For the next 10 minutes, the hosts continued to stretch the United back four with relentless attacks on Pentney’s goal. However, this ended abruptly on the counter-attack, when Clerima slotted the ball through to Clifton to score his second of the night in the 36th minute. The half would end 3-2 to Maidenhead, with five goals scored in the space of 26 minutes.
United continued where they left off with commencement of the second half, as Moses Emmanuel, who was unfortunate not to score tonight, found his left footed effort blocked by Gregory.
Kilman made way for Rene Steer as Bromley continued to pepper the United goal to no avail thanks to saves from an exceptional Pentney and a solid defence who well-structured in the second half. Clifton, looking for a coveted hattrick, tested the Bromley keeper throughout the last 45 minutes, but was very unlucky not to secure a third goal.
As the clock ran down, Bromley tried desperately to grab an equaliser, coming close courtesy of Adam Mekki’s shot from outside the box, which ultimately went a few inches wide.
Clifton received a yellow for timewasting heading into stoppage time, which saw the return of James Mulley, his first appearance for United since his injury at home to Tranmere six weeks ago.
The referee continued to show cards in the dying minutes of the game; the first of which was a straight red to Bromley substitute, George Porter, for a foul on Pritchard in the centre of the pitch. Pritchard himself then received a yellow, which resulted in a free kick to Bromley but to no success. On the counter-attack, Harold Odametey was tripped by Bromley’s keeper rushing back from the United penalty area, to which Gregory saw himself in the book.
Crucially, the game finished with the resulting free kick, meaning the Magpies took all 3 points home to York Road. The result leaves United in 11th in the National League on 26 points due to goal difference, but remarkably, the Magpies are only 3 points from 3rd place Wrexham and a single point from the playoff places.
The Magpies are next due to welcome Dagenham and Redbridge FC to York Road on Saturday 28th October at 3:00pm. We hope to see you there!
Magpies: Pentney, Clerima, Massey (C), Inman, Emmanuel (Odametey, 84), Barratt (Mulley, 90), Pritchard, Clifton, Upward, Kilman (Steer, 51), Smith
Unused subs: Hyde, Goodman
Bromley: Gregory, Dunne (Wynter, 81), Rees, Holland (C), Raymond (Porter, 64), Dennis, Mekki, Higgs (Sutherland, 56), Johnson, Sterling, Wanadio
Unused subs: Campbell, Williams