Five straight wins for Maidenhead
By Nathan Bingham
2-0 win keeps the Magpies on top
After Saturday’s battling away win at Concord Rangers Devonshire made just two changes to his starting XI despite two games in three days. Marks and Forbes made way for Upward and Smith in a like for like swap as Smith was put up top to support Tarpey.
Just 4 minutes in Mulley flashed the first chance of the game wide from 10 yards following Inman’s knock down.The first quarter of the match was relatively slow, Pritchard was however causing the Truro defence some problems down the left but his crosses failed to lead to any clear-cut chances.
It was Maidenhead though who took the lead after 25 minutes when a pinpoint Peters cross was met by Tarpey. His downward header found the corner of the net to put the Magpies a goal to the good. The first goal was always going to be crucial with Maidenhead not losing in a game they’ve scored in all season.
Truro’s ex-Swansea City striker Fallon made himself a nuisance for Inman and Massey, but the pair were more then up for the physical challenge. They commandingly dealt with any long balls directed at them, just as they had against Chelmsford. James Comley in the centre midfield also had a particularly good half as he won just about everything that came his way.
Maidenhead thought they had doubled their advantage just before the break as Pritchard nodded in from Tarpey’s inswinging corner. Pricthard’s celebrations were short-lived as he was penalised for pulling meaning the score remained 1-0 at half-time.
The Magpies came flying out of the blocks in the second half and after 47 minutes were awarded a penalty. The energetic Upward was clattered into following a corner to give Tarpey a chance for his second. His low effort though was saved well by Basso in the Truro goal to keep the game at 1-0.
Tarpey didn’t waste any time dwelling on this missed chance as his striker partner for the day Smith accurately released him on goal in the 52nd minute. He smashed it home into the roof of the net to make it 2-0 for his tenth of the season in just August.
After the frenzied start to the second half, Tarpey’s second effectively killed the game off. A mazy run by Truro substitute Neal with 20 minutes to play looked promising for the visitors, but he failed to tee up a team mate.
The closest Truro came to finding the net wasn’t until the 82nd minute. After a rare handling error by Pentney, Truro striker Fallon blasted over from 8 yards. This was the final chance for either team of any note and Maidenhead ran out 2-0 winners to make it a perfect weekend and give them and the 751 attendance their 5th win on the bounce.
The result keeps Maidenhead top of the league after 7 games on 18 points, with Hampton & Richmond, St. Albans City and Poole Town behind on 16 points.
Magpies: Pentney, Peters, Steer, Smith, Massey, Inman, Tarpey (Barratt 84), Comley, Upward (Forbes 53), Mulley (Hammond 70), Pritchard
Unused subs: Wiltshire, Olorunfemi
Truro: Basso, White, Richards, Adelsbury, Smith, Pugh, Brett, Afful, Knowles, Fallon, Cooke
Subs: Bentley, McHale, Allen, Thompson, Neal