Magpies emerge victorious from Lions den
Fifth away league win of the season
Maidenhead edged closer to their points target for the campaign with a workmanlike victory at managerless basement side Guiseley. The Magpies responded well to going behind to a side who had lost each of their previous six matches and managed the match well after establishing a handy lead either side of half time.
Alan Devonshire again reshuffled his starting line up with Clerima returning in the centre of defence alongside Goodman. James Comley reverted to right back and the Hyde/Clifton partnership was restored up top. After an early scare when Odejayi's header was expertly tipped away by Pentney albeit the referee had stopped play for an infringement, United soon got into their groove. They had the ball in the net inside the opening ten minutes as Hyde flicked a wicked Pritchard centre home with his head from an offside position. A number of corners were forced with testing Maidenhead deliveries from either flank and Hyde forced Coddington into a smart stop before Clerima nodded a Pritchard set piece wide of the target. It was frustrating therefore that the Magpies were to concede the opening score of the match. With Comley operating in that unfamiliar right back berth his natural tendancy to drift inside to orchestrate the play saw Guiseley enjoy some success down their left hand side in the first half and Southwell latched on to Hatfield's through pass to put in and stroke the ball past Pentney.
Maidenhead went straight back on the offensive however and Barratt's long throw flicked on by Clifton caused panic in the danger zone, providing a clue as to the problems that our set pieces might cause the team with the worst defensive record in the division. Sure enough it was from a Maidenhead corner kick that the Lions conceded for the sixtieth occasion in league matches this season. Barratt and Hyde linked up nicely to force another flag kick and from that set piece Guiseley were unable to clear. The ball fell kindly to Hyde to scuff a scruffy goal home to put the visitors on terms. Maidenhead were well on top by this stage with Clifton claiming a penalty going down under a physical challenge chasing onto a Hyde through ball before the Magpies front man was left cursing his luck again when he bundled a Barratt centre illegally past Coddington. But United led as half time approached as Pritchard cut in and moved the ball from right to left foot to beat the Guiseley keeper and that lead was extended minutes after the break as Pritchard again led a counter attack and with options either side of him went alone to finish with aplomb for his thirteenth goal of an excellent season for the wide man.
United thereafter defended intelligently and remained an ever potent threat on the break. Pentney responded well in dealing with two efforts from range either side of Pritchard's second goal but it was Maidenhead who looked likely to score next as the busy Hyde turned and struck an upright. Flowers nodded a gilt-edged chance wide for Guiseley to reduce the arrears following a corner and Clifton had an excellent opportunity to wrap things up as he bundled an effort over the top after yet more impressive approach play by Hyde. United ultimately settled for the three goals which ensured that our goal difference is back to zero and our place back in the top half was secured.
MAGPIES: Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Odametey, Comley, Hyde, Barratt (Sub Kilman 73), Pritchard, Clifton (Sub Marks 87), Upward, Goodman
Subs not used: Emmanuel, Peters, Smith
GOALS: Hyde (30) Pritchard (44, 48)
LIONS: Coddington, Palmer, Crookes, McFadzean, Sheppard (Sub Haworth 55), Flowers, Hatfield, Lenighan (Sub Rooney 76), Nirennold, Odejayi (Sub Liburd 66), Southwell
Subs not used: Green, Purver
GOAL: Southwell (20)