Beavers lose close game to Magpies
'We can't defend' laments Dowse as Magpies take the points in front of bumper crowd
Maidenhead showed why they are top of the league as they took advantage of the Beavers defensive weaknesses to end up victorious at Beveree this afternoon.
Speaking after the match, manager Alan Dowson lamented the team's defensive frailties, "We scored 2 but they scored 3, we just can't defend."
Maidenhead coach Sam Lock admitted it had been a tough game, "We knew what we were coming into as we had them watched, and we knew we had to be at our best defensively as Hampton are the best going forward we've seen this season.
The Magpies took the lead in the 9th minute as a defensive mistake in the Hampton area saw the ball worked wide to Harry Pritchard whose shot flew into the bottom corner, giving keeper Aaron Howe no chance.
Hampton got back into the game almost immediately as Jamal Lowe smartly converted a Nicke Kabamba deflected cross from close range as the striker showed why he's being courted by bigger clubs.
Hampton couldn't stay on terms as Maidenhead retook the lead just two minutes after the equaliser; Dean Inman finding himself in space on the edge of the Hampton box to accurately sent a looping header into the top corner followed by muted celebrations from the ex-Beaver.
Maidenhead defended well but were nearly undone on the half hour as Michael Kamara's header was saved by keeper Carl Pentney before the rebound was met by Kabamba and bounced over the bar.
Maidenhead were still having to defend but managed to extend the lead on the hour as Ryan Upward made a late run to the near post and deflected the header past Howe to give the visitors a cushion.
That cushion was nibbled away with 10 minutes to go as Jamal Lowe latched onto a Brendan Kiernan cross to coolly fire past Pentney, to create a grandstand finish.
That finish nearly fell the way of the Magpies as they made a quick break almost immediately, Dave Tarpey picked up the final ball and advanced on goal. Aaron Howe blocked the first attempt, Tarpey's second attempt was also saved by Howe, before the third attempt landed on roof on the net.
Hampton kept pressing forward and the Magpies had to hold on and defend but in the end, the Beavers could not break through and gain a deserved share of the points.