Away day specialists Maidenhead made it four wins from four on the road at Sutton United to maintain their impressive start to the Vanarama National League season. Hosts Sutton United had only suffered defeat once on their opening seven fixtures but were swept away in the second half by Maidenhead's clinical finishing.
Manager Alan Devonshire reintroduced fit again marksman Jake Cassidy and Bernard Mensah was reintroduced to the starting line up with messrs Whitehall and Akintunde reverting to the substitutes bench. And the game followed the pattern of all of Maidenhead's away trips thus far in 2019/20 as the visitors soaked up the home side's first half pressure with relative ease before killing them off in the second period.
The first half was a scrappy affair which will not linger long in the memory. Shamir Fenelon had an early effort blocked by Us skipper Collins who himself himself threatened at the other end with a header at the end of a long throw, Taye Ashby-Hammond gathering with comfort. Sutton right back Bennett was on the receiving end of fouls from Cassidy and Mensah as neither team could find their first half flow. Alan Massey superbly blocked goal-bound efforts from Ajiboye and Goodliffe and Collins header from a corner was comfortably gathered low down by Ashby-Hammond. The clearest opening in an attritional half result in an expert last-ditch clearance from Ellul with Eastmond through on goal, although a Comley long throw caused chaos in the box with Upward lurking at the far post before the Montserrat midfielder sent in a free-kick which was headed towards goal by Upward. The home side side appealed loudly for a penalty when Goodliffe went down in the box under a Milsom freekick but referee Mr Hulme was unmoved and the sides went to the break goalless.
As per the recent script on Magpies away days, the second half saw a strong start with Mensah whipping a beautiful cross with Cassidy unable to make a telling touch before Upward was on the end of another Comley set piece. Us 'keeper Butler was beaten just after the hour at the end of a nice one touch move involving Upward, Comley and Smile. Fenelon was then released on the right hand side and his strike from twenty yards swerved into the net in front of the delirious travelling contingent who were in fine voice all afternoon. A Cassidy cross then narrowly evaded Upward before Maidenhead had a penalty shout of their own as Fenelon went down under a challenge from Butler. In reply Bolarinwa had an effort at the far post deflected over before Maidenhead deservedly wrapped the game up inside the final ten minutes. It was another flowing move which saw Upward released to cross for Cassidy to stab home.
Sutton substitute Bugiel was then dismissed following a clash with Comley and it wasn't until the final moments of the match what Ashby-Hammond was forced into a telling save when he denied Bolarinwa. Cassidy fired wide after good work by subsitute Akintunde and deep into injury time the former Welsh Under 21 international went down in the box. Substitute Whitehall sent Butler the wrong way from the spot and the 100% away record was maintained with comfort.
MAGPIES: Ashby-Hammond, Steer, Ellul, Fenelon (Sub Landers, 89), Comley, Cassidy, Mensah (Sub Akintunde, 70), Twumasi, Upward, Massey, Smile (Sub Whitehall, 78)
Subs not used: Davies, Sheckleford.
SCORERS: Fenelon (62), Cassidy (80), Whitehall (90+5 Pen)
Us: Butler, Bennett, Goodliffe, Beautyman, Bolarinwa, Collins (Sub Kearney, 88), Davis (Sub, Bugiel 68), Eastmond, Ajiboye, Milsom, Jarvis (Sub Dundas, 89)
Subs not used: Barden, Tuson-Firth.
Sent Off: Bugiel (82)