Life is a Beach as Torquay snatch the points
Gulls gain at York Road
The battling Magpies suffered late disappointment for the second time in a busy week as a late winner for Torquay United against the run of play deprived Alan Devonshire's depleted side a deserved point.
After 120 midweek minutes at Stockport County, Remy Clerima was again unfit to feature and skipper Alan Massey was forced to miss out for the first time this season having picked up a suspension. Christian Smith filled in at centre-half and performed admirably, whilst Pritchard, Kilman and Marks were restored to the starting line up with the latter taking the armband for the afternoon.
This ultimately exciting encounter was rather a slow burner. Pritchard dragged an early effort wide and Williams should have done better for Torquay when well placed. The game began to come alive in the final twenty minutes of the half when firstly the ever-lively Barratt danced towards goal and smashed an effort against Dorel's near post before the Torquay 'keeper denied our number 11 after good work by Kilman. Relegation-haunted Torquay then took the lead with their first effort on target and what an effort it was. Aaron Barnes - on loan from League Two Colchester United - took a square pass 25 yards from goal, took one touch before dispatching an arcing effort past Pentney. Barratt failed to make the most of a gilt-edged opportunity in response, creating an opening of his own making but dinking the finish over both Dorel and the crossbar.
With the benefit of a goal advantage the visitors came out of the traps quickly in the second period. Substitute Lemonheigh-Evans was the first to be denied by Pentney by range as the Magpies 'keeper save similarly from Young with Williams kept out from a tight angle in between times. Lemonheigh-Evans should have done better with a good opportunity before the Magpies made their mark on the second half on a heavy pitch. There were loud shouts for a spot kick when Barratt went down in the area but when Torquay were punished for a foul outside the box with a little over twenty minutes left it was the right foot of Upward rather than the left foot of Barratt who curled the ball past a helpless Dorel who didn't move.
Maidenhead now had a second wind and went on to dominate the closing stages of this match with Barratt threatening a winner. But it was the visitors who weathered the storm and it was another loan signing who won it for them, a corner was headed only as far as Williams who drove across goal and Romain - borrowed from Dagenham - got a telling touch. Even then deep in injury time Goodman might have equalised with a headed chance from an Upward centre but ultimately it was to be a rather harsh defeat for our hard-working team.
MAGPIES: Pentney, Odamatey, Comley, Marks, Barratt (Sub Emmanuel 87), Pritchard, Upward, Kilman, Peters (Sub Hyde 65), Goodman, Smith.
Subs not used: Steer, Owusu, Clifton.
GOAL: Upward (69)
GULLS: Dorel, Balatoni, Gowling (Sub Lemonheigh-Evans HT), McGinty, Efete, Young, Dowling, Barnes, Davis, Romain, Williams
Subs not used: Keating, Klukowski, Reid, Osborn.
GOALS: Barnes (35) Romain (85)