Kelly Double Sinks Shaymen
Three first half goals from Kelly (2) and Clifton seal convincing home win
After picking up a first defeat in five games at Barnet last weekend Maidenhead returned to winning ways at York Road with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Halifax Town. A second straight home brace from Josh Kelly and goal from the returning Adrian Clifton in a dominant first half proved too much for the Shaymen, who were unable to mount a second half comeback.
Clifton and Comley returned to the starting line-up after their international call ups forced them to miss the previous two league matches. Clifton was in the thick of the action with just 40 seconds played latching on to a loose ball and whistling a 20-yard effort narrowly wide of Johnson’s post. The bright start from Maidenhead set the tempo for much of the first half, Odametey’s strike from range saved by Johnson and a trademark towering Obileye header thrashing just wide in the opening ten minutes.
With Josh Kelly’s goal against Eastleigh going viral over the last few weeks the much talked about striker showed everyone he can find the net in a much more direct way in the 12th minute. Comley’s inch-perfect cross from the right was confidently glanced into the corner off the head of Kelly to give Maidenhead a deserved lead.
There were then a trio of chances from Maidenhead as they looked to grab a second. Comley’s 30 yard piledriver was tipped wide, Johnson narrowed the angle on Kelly who burst through to concede a corner. From the following corner Obileye was just off target once more with his header.
Despite not finding the net with one of these promising chances it was soon 2-0 to the Magpies. Kelly picked up the ball in the left side of the area and under pressure squared to his strike partner Clifton to tuck home in the 18th minute.
Johnson was then even to a stinging 23rd minute strike from Kelly as Maidenhead threatened to run riot.
There was a blow in what was a brilliant half as Upward was forced off with a head injury to be replaced by Mulley in the 28th minute. Upward has since tweeted the injury is not too serious and he will be back soon.
It was 3-0 Maidenhead in the 36th minute. Clifton and Kelly, who are forming quite a strike partnership, combined once again and Kelly was released one on one finishing with composure for his second of the match.
The first 45 minutes were Maidenhead’s most impressive half of the season as the teams went in with score 3-0 to Maidenhead.
The second half was a more stop-start affair, with Maidenhead happier to sit back and break on the counter. Halifax threatened in the 55th minute as a barnstorming run from Preston in the box brought an important block from Obileye before Odelusi poked wide.
Maidenhead were forced into another sub as Rene Steer limped off for Owusu, Worsfold deputising at left back with 58 played.
Halifax came closest to getting back in the game with 15 to play through substitute Edwards but he couldn’t get a telling touch on an excellent right wing Berrett cross.
Maidenhead were dealing well with most of what Halifax were throwing them, in particular Alan Massey with a number of last ditch clearances and headers.
There was one last bit of drama in the closing stages. Moments after Kelly was denied a penalty in the Halifax box, Obileye received a second yellow after slight contact with a counter attacking Halifax midfielder. An unfortunate end for the defender who will now miss the game at Barrow next weekend.
That would be the last telling action of the game as Maidenhead sealed a 3-0 win lifting them up to 13th place in the National League. Maidenhead have now taken 10 points from their last 12 at home and after today’s win have a positive GD for the first time this season.
Pentney, Clerima, Massey, Obileye, Steer (Owusu, 58), Odametey, Comley, Upward (Mulley, 28), Worsfold, Kelly, Clifton (Archer, 82)
Unused subs: Smith, Akintunde
Johnson, Southwell, Hanson, Odelusi (Edwards, 62), Clarke, Brown, Kosylo, Skarz (Sellars, 82), Berrett, Preston, Maher
Unused subs: Rowley, King, Lenighan