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By Jake Sapsford
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Maidenhead United vs AFC Fylde: Vanarama National League, Tuesday 28th October 2019, 7.45PM kick-off.

The Magpies are back at home within a matter of days as Fylde travel to Berkshire tonight.

Fresh from a Remy Clerima winner against Solihull Moors on Saturday, the hosts will now look to earn successive wins at York Road for the first time this season.

Visitors Fylde though were able to a end a run of four consecutive league defeats with an away win at Boreham Wood, and will now to look to win again to rise up the league.

Recent form

Performances and results have both drastically improved in recent weeks, as the Magpies have recorded three wins from four in all competitions.

Firstly, two huge Ryan Upward goals were enough to dispatch Ebbsfleet, and then earn a replay at Wealdstone in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

Josh Kelly was also able to open his scoring account for the campaign with a brace in the replay, as the Magpies set up a Rotherham tie in the next few weeks. Their improved form culminated in an impressive victory over play-off chasing Solihull Moors last weekend.

After a threatening second-half performance at York Road, Danny Whitehall picked out Remy Clerima, and he found the net emphatically. The goal was scored in the third minute of stoppage time, and sent the home fans into raptures.

Looking ahead, after an indifferent run of home results this season, Alan Devonshire’s side will hope that they can show that level of character in the rest of their fixtures.

The opposition

The Coasters have struggled for results this season, and are currently 19th In the Vanarama National League.

They had recently recorded a run of four consecutive league defeats, but a change in management inspired a change in fortune as they won at the weekend.

Goals from Andy Taylor and a late Daniel Bradley finish secured the victory at Meadow Park, and they also have a game in hand to play.

The club recently parted company with manager David Challinor after an eight-year spell, with Brett Ormerod and John Hills taking temporary charge. Yesterday Morecambe manager Jim Bentley resigned to take charge at Mill Farm.

They’ve been unable to match the expectations they set themselves in the last two National League campaigns. After finishing in seventh and fifth in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively, they were beaten 3-0 in last season’s play-off final by Salford.

They’ll now want to get up there again, and as they’re only nine points behind seventh placed Torquay, it’s still possible at this stage of the season.

Last time out

Maidenhead will target revenge at York Road as the Coasters ran riot in the corresponding fixture last season, in October 2018.

The visitors netted six times with no reply: Danny Rowe scored a brace and that included a penalty, whilst Gime Toure, Serhat Tasdemir, Danny Philliskirk and Andy Bond were all also on target.

The Magpies improved in March’s return fixture, but still left Mill Farm on the losing side.

The visitors took the lead in the tenth minute, as Ryan Upward’s fine volley gave them an early reason to smile. The promotion chasing Coasters were able to rally back though and scored twice either side of half-time to clinch a win. Danny Rowe equalised, whilst Tom Crawford put them ahead in the 57th minute.

Final note

Visitors Fylde will try to earn consecutive wins in the league for the first time since late September, and could go above Chesterfield with a win. Maidenhead though will finally seek consistent home form and will want to win again at York Road. They will secure 27 points with victory, and that could take them back up to eighth. Come down and show your support.

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Match details

Match date

Tue 29, Oct 2019

Kickoff

19:45

Competition

MANarama National League

League position

14
Maidenhead United
19
AFC Fylde