Team keeps the winning run going
A 3-1 win against an improved Thatcham Town
Maidenhead United FC v Thatcham Town
Thursday 11th October 2018 @ York Road, Maidenhead.
Starting XI: Matteo Giacobbe, Luke Wayborn, James Dirkin, Sam Street, Ben Fortuin, Brandon Curtis, James Henry, Brad Keetch, Lewis Boniface, Reece Smith, Rhys Harper.
Subs (all used): Lewis Pegg (76 mins), Ben Mulley (76 mins), Danny Di Cioccio (58 mins), Harvey Yates (70 mins), Sam Phelps (58 mins).
The game against Thatcham allowed us to rotate the squad once more and allow a number of players to get some much needed game time. After playing Thatcham a few weeks prior to this game, we knew that they had changed their management team and made additions to their squad which were going to make them stronger.
The first 15 minutes of the game were very even, then our lads managed to find their feet a little creating a number of chances but unable to capitalise on some good football. After 25 minutes new first team signing Brad Keetch whipped in a free kick from the right hand side which saw James Henry smash the ball into the back of the net with a very tidy finish.
The goal seemed to settle us down and 12 minutes later we doubled our advantage when Ben Fortuin played a great ball in behind the Thatcham back four for Lewis Boniface to run onto, with the Thatcham keeper running out to him. Lewis managed to touch the ball past the keeper before slotting the ball in from a tight angle. A minute later some good interchanging play between Rhys Harper and James Dirkin down the left hand side saw James continue on a mazy run into the box and finishing from a tight angle.
HALF TIME 3-0.
After half time the game became a bit stagnant and we were unable to get a grip on the game, which coupled with a number of substitutions from both sides didn’t help the game to flow.
After about 70 minutes Thatcham played a ball into our box and a clumsy challenge from Sam Street resulted in a penalty, which Thatcham converted. This made what should have been a very comfortable last 20 minutes a nervy one at times, with Thatcham creating a few more opportunities and our players missing at least 3 1v1’s with the Thatcham keeper.
However, we dug deep until the end which resulted in us claiming all three points and keeping our winning streak going ahead of this week’s FA Youth Cup game against Leverstock Green.