Maidenhead United vs Solihull Moors: Vanarama National League Saturday 26th October 2019, 3.00PM kick-off.
Maidenhead will return to league action as the Moors travel to York Road this afternoon.
The Magpies will look to carry on where they left off following recent wins against Ebbsfleet and Wealdstone.
The visitors sit in sixth place in the Vanarama National League and will look for a fourth successive win in all competitions.
The hosts have made a real improvement in the last three games following a poor period of eight matches without a win.
Firstly, goals from Danny Whitehall and Ryan Upward inspired an impressive comeback at the Kuflink Stadium in their last league outing.
Then Upward netted his second goal in as many games with an important late equaliser in the FA Cup at home to Wealdstone. That goal ensured that there was a chance that the Magpies could get themselves through in the replay, and they took that opportunity in midweek at Grosvenor Vale. In a season that has seen the club look more comfortable on the road, they continued that trend to earn progression. The result ensured that they have now reached the FA Cup first round proper in four of the last five years. Josh Kelly opened his account for the campaign with two left-footed strikes. The first was accurately finished into the bottom right after he was picked out by Upward, and he easily picked his spot. He completed his brace as Seth Twumasi put him through again from a tight angle on the left, and the shot had a similar result.
It seems as though the Magpies have turned a corner at a crucial stage of the season, but they’ll have to translate their away form to fixtures at York Road for any success against the Moors.
Solihull Moors have proven in recent seasons that they will be no pushover at York Road, and that they are up in a play-off place for a reason.
They sit in sixth after 17 games, and have earned eight victories in the process.
The Moors are looking to go one further in this campaign after almost gaining promotion in 2018-19.
They finished second, but were sadly beaten by Flyde in the play-off semi-final by a single goal.
For a club that was only founded in 2007, to have come this close to the Football League is a real achievement.
With that being said, they’ll now want to use last years' experience to get them up in May.
The Moors have also secured three wins on the bounce in all competitions, with the latest being last weekend’s FA Cup win at Barrow. Liam Daly scored the only goal at Holker Street.
Last time out
The Magpies were beaten twice in the fixtures between the two last season, with Solihull Moors completing a double.
Adi Yussuf scored the only goal of the opening game at the SportNation.bet Stadium, in August 2018. The Tanzanian was set up by Jermaine Hylton, and he picked out the bottom corner. The hosts also missed a penalty in the first-half, with Danny Wright hitting the post from the spot.
The Magpies left the West Midlands pointless despite Harold Odametey’s best efforts as he hit the woodwork. Jamie Reckford was also sent off for Moors in the closing exchanges, but that couldn’t inspire a Maidenhead revival.
The second game at York Road followed a similar pattern. The Moors took an undeserved lead on the half-hour mark, as Daly’s shot wriggled through Carl Pentney and Maidenhead defenders.
The Magpies did equalise ten minutes later though, with Adrian Clifton scoring a penalty after Darren Carter was penalised. But, the Moors weren’t to be denied as they searched for a winner that would have taken them joint top, and they left it late to crush Alan Devonshire’s side. Yussef finished off a rebound in stoppage time.
Come down to York Road and show your support as the Magpies search for a first home win in seven attempts. A win for the Moors could take them above Barrow and Notts County, whilst Maidenhead could rise as high as 11th if they clinch all three points.