Maidenhead United vs Dagenham & Redbridge: Vanarama National League, Saturday 7th September 2019, 3.00pm kick-off.
The Magpies will look to return to winning ways as Dagenham and Redbridge travel to Berkshire.
Tuesday night’s entertaining draw at Wrexham kept the club in fourth spot, and they’ll now aim to improve their form at York Road.
The Daggers sit in mid-table after some solid form, as they attempt to improve on last season’s 18th placed finish.
Maidenhead ended their 100% winning record on the road at the Racecourse Ground this week, in a 2-2 draw. The visitors took the lead midway through the first half, as Luke Young scored an own goal. A James Akintunde cross from the right was struck into his own net by the midfielder. A Josh Smile miss at one end invited the home side to grab an equaliser at the other. A great free-kick delivery from Young on the left was headed home at the near post by Jason Oswell.
Young clearly had a point to prove as he put the Red Dragons in front for the first time, 20 minutes into the second-half. It was a clever finish from close range in off the left-hand post. But, the Magpies weren’t to be denied as they scored a terrific equaliser only a matter of minutes later. A corner was cleared, and the ball broke kindly outside the area to Smile, and he buried the ball high into the top right corner with a powerful volley. The stunning strike was enough to give the Magpies a point.
Despite an excellent start to a league campaign that has seen the club maintain a fourth spot position, home form has been inconsistent.
After only picking up one win at York Road, they need to match their away results at home if they want to keep up with the pace.
The visitors sit in 12th place after nine games, with an equal split of wins, draws and defeats. But, after sorting out financial difficulties last season they can now look ahead and could easily push higher up the league.
They were in League One as recently as the 2010-11 season, but have dipped in the last decade. Relegation from League Two was confirmed at the end of the 2015-16 campaign after they finished nine points adrift of Newport County.
After a start that saw them lose three of their opening four games, they’ve steadied themselves and are now unbeaten in their last five.
With two successive 1-1 draws against Chesterfield and Bromley, manager Peter Taylor will hope that they can start turning draws into wins.
With their form improving, he can be optimistic that they can continue to push towards the top-half, and a win at York Road would set them on their way.
Last time out
The points were shared evenly in both matches between the two clubs in last season’s National League.
The first game was played at the Chigwell Construction Stadium in only the third matchday of the season. An exciting game finally finished 2-2 after some late drama.
Ayo Obileye nodded the Magpies into a 15th minute lead with a header against his former club. Although there were chances at either end, that’s how the first-half ended. But, there was a lot of action in the second period. Twenty minutes in, Alan Massey was sent off for a second bookable offence. It didn’t take the Daggers long after that to get level in the match. Alexander McQueen found the net with a nice lobbed finish high over Carl Pentney. The Magpies regained their lead though, just ten minutes before the end of regulation time. Nana Owusu drove at the Dagger’s defence, before smashing the ball into the bottom left corner from outside the penalty-area. That wasn’t enough though for the visitors to claim all three points as Elliot Romain nipped in at the near post to score.
There was more late drama as the two met again in March. Chike Kandi gave the Daggers a lead in the 85th minute, but a late equaliser in stoppage time by Alfie Kilgour ensured that the points were shared at York Road.
Looking ahead, Maidenhead will now hope to claim a second home win of the season, but the visitors will make it a tough afternoon at York Road. Come down and show your support.