Boreham Wood Not Budge for Magpies
Magpies suffer third consecutive defeat on Non-League Day
Maidenhead United suffered their third successive defeat away to Boreham Wood on a difficult afternoon in North London.
With Adrian Clifton and James Comley away on international duty and Ryan Upward unavailable, Alan Devonshire was forced to make several changes to his preferred starting XI with Jordan Archer and James Akintunde starting together for the first time.
A scrappy start to the half meant that neither ‘keeper was threatened in the first half hour of play. Carl Pentney pulled off multiple saves from Boreham Wood’s free kicks, with Archer coming closest for the Magpies after narrowly missing a touch on Max Worsfold’s cross.
A succession of corners for Boreham Wood provided were dealt with by Ayo Obileye, Rene Steer and Christian Smith, the latter of which made several solid tackles on the right to prevent any chance of an opener.
The high pressure meant that a Boreham Wood goal was almost inevitable, which was proved in stoppage time after Keiran Murtagh thundered home an opener from a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, ultimately the last kick of the half.
United started the second half on the front foot, forcing several corners in front of the 134-strong travelling support which were all ultimately cleared. Josh Kelly and Ryan Bird would enter the game with 25 minutes to go, joining Chinua Cole who replaced Ayo at half time.
The talking point of the match came in the 73rd minute, after Josh Umerah was brought down by Cole in the penalty area with the ball travelling away from him. Umerah would convert this just moments later to increase Boreham Wood’s advantage to two goals.
An eventful five minutes for Cole would culminate with an assist and a maiden goal for Ryan Bird. Charging down the right flank, Akintunde would offload the ball to Cole, who’s effort at goal was spilled by ‘keeper Ryan Huddart allowing for Bird to tap one home in his first goal for the Magpies.
This gave United a confidence boost, unfortunately short-lived though as Justin Shaibu found the net after a goal line scramble in what would be the Wood’s only goal from open play in the game.
Carl Pentney did well in the last five minutes to prevent a fourth, with the BBC commentary team comparing his saves to Gordan Banks’! A solid performance from the man between the stick’s in who may feel that three conceded was an unfair reflection of his performance.
That would transpire to be the last action of the game as Boreham Wood secured the win and three points. The result leaves Maidenhead United 18th in the National League on 17 points.
The Magpies are next in action on Saturday 20th October in our FA Cup Final Qualifying Round tie away to National League South side, Chippenham Town. We hope to see you there!
Magpies: Pentney, Clerima, Ayo (Cole, 45), Massey©, Steer, Mulley (Bird, 66), Odametey, Smith, Worsfold, Archer (Kelly, 66), Akintunde
Unused subs: Alves, Owusu
Boreham Wood: Huddart, Ilesanmi, Ricketts ©, Parry, Shakes, Champion, Umerah (Shaibu, 83), Murtagh, Fyfield, Ugwu, Smith (Thomas, 38)
Unused subs: Burbridge, Gibbs, Ndiaye
Attendance: 684 (134 Magpies)