Magpies snowed in during Barrow defeat
A disappointing day in the snow at York Road
Maidenhead United suffered a 1-0 loss at a freezing York Road to Barrow today, as the Magpies failed to build on the momentum from Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Boreham Wood.
The Magpies, who are now four games without a win, are agonisingly close to the 50-point barrier that should see them guarantee safety from relegation in their maiden season in the National League.
Certainly, there was a much-improved start compared to Tuesday as Maidenhead started strongly in the opening 15 minutes of the game. Christian Smith’s header went wide of the post, with the resulting goal kick falling to the Magpies, but James Comley’s shot was blocked and Harry Pritchard was able to succeed with the rebound.
Barrow responded by piling on the pressure on to Carl Pentney’s goal. Maidenhead’s Number One did well to prevent chances from Bedsente Gomis and Luke James, and ensured Barrow remained goalless heading into the break.
The combination of Marks and Moses came close on multiple occasions; a headed through ball by the former set up Moses, who was challenged by the defender before he could make an effort towards goal. However, the biggest talking point of the first half would be the penalty shout towards the end of the first 45, where Marks was brought down by the Barrow defender in the box, but referee Christopher O’Donnell saw it differently.
The second half began under the presence of heavier snow than the first, but that didn’t stop Barrow from opening the scoring in the 50th minute. A cross from the right was brought down by Gomis, allowing James to fire into the bottom corner, beating Pentney in what would turn out to be the only goal of the game. Pentney himself prevented a second moments later with a great block of Lewis Walters’ shot.
United’s best chances came with twenty minutes remaining. After Pritchard made a good tackle on the right, he was able to whip a cross in to Moses Emmanuel, who struggled to connect as the ball went wide. Moments later, Emmanuel would come tediously close, but was unable to reach Sam Barratt’s cross to the far post.
A red card for Barrow’s Gomis re-ignited a tiring Maidenhead side with ten minutes remaining. Sam Barratt’s free kick flew inches over the cross bar, whereas a good piece of play by Gabriel Osho set up Pritchard who was visibly frustrated when his shot went wide under heavy pressure. Barrow would see out the remainder of the game and take all three points home to Cumbria.
A disappointing day for the Magpies, who continue to edge ever closer to the 50-point mark that should secure them safety and a second season in the National League. Nevertheless, we go again next Saturday on the road to last season’s National League South title rivals, Ebbsfleet United. We hope to see you there!
Pentney, Steer, Odametey (Barratt, 53), Massey ©, Osho, Emmanuel, Comley (Upward, 60), Marks, Pritchard, Goodman, Smith (Hyde, 70).
Unused subs: Owusu, Clifton
Arnold, James, Diarra, MacDonald, Hall ©, Waterston (White, 90), Makoma, Gomis, James, Cook, Walters (Bauress, 81)
Unused subs: Jones, Panayiotou, Diagne