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Maidenhead United
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Sat 4 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Full time Attendance 946

Battling Beavers frustrate the Magpies to earn point

Maidenhead kept goalless as Beavers put out strong defensive display in front of MoM Sam Howes

The Beavers earned a well deserved point at York Road as they kept title challengers Maidenhead Utd to their first blank scoresheet of the season.

In a surprising change of formation, Sam Gallagher was brought in to play in a protecting role in front of the back four, leaving Shamir Mullings to plough a lone furrow up front.

This change frustrated the Magpies and Hampton had the best of the opening 20 minutes as the hosts struggled to work out Dowse's tactics.

Hampton had the first chance of note was Josh Casey's free kick from 30 yards which was only just wide of keeper Carl Pentney's left hand post.

Midway through the first half, Maidenhead started to get back into the match, a long ball over the top fell to Dave Tarpey, but his chip over man of the match Sam Howes went wide of the post.

The second half saw the Beavers once again pick it up in the opening minutes, Christian Jolley's drive from 20 yards rising over the bar on 53 minutes as Hampton kept the threat of the Maidenhead midfield in check.

Just before the hour, the Beavers had two great chances; firstly, Tom Jelley's cross from out wide forced a hurried save from Pentney then Leon Solomon's shot just cleared the bar.

This stung the hosts into a furious response. Sam Howes had been kept busy all afternoon, dealing with the frequent Maidenhead crosses, and on 64 minutes, he shown his class as he saved a Tarpey shot from 15 yards, then stayed alert to push Tarpey's follow-up attempt for a corner.

Some 5 minutes later, Howes had to be on his toes as he dashed out to close down Tarpey, the hurried attempt from the Maidenhead forward dribbling wide.

Hampton, by this point, were reduced to attempting quick counter attacks, Brendan Kiernan's chance with some 10 minutes left being the nearest as it bounced wide.

The Beavers defence, in the face of increasing Magpie pressure, showed no sign of yielding; bending but not breaking, with Sam Gallagher working hard to protect the back four but it all nearly came undone in the closing minutes but for Howes.

A free kick was conceded just outside the box, giving Tarpey a late chance to snatch a win; his free kick, on any other day, against any other keeper, would probably have been sufficient. This time, the flying Howes threw himself to his right and pushed the ball over the bar, a great shot from Tarpey aimed at the top corner and an ever better save from the young West Ham keeper to keep it out.

After the game, Dowse was well pleased with the performance. "They battled well today, and gave everything. That's all I ever ask and they deserved the point today."

Highlights

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83:00 Sub Off
Jack Parkinson is substituted off for Maidenhead United
83:00 Sub On
Josh Kelly is substituted on for Maidenhead United
76:00 Sub On
James Mulley is substituted on for Maidenhead United
76:00 Sub Off
James Comley is substituted off for Maidenhead United
76:00 Sub On
Ryan Upward is substituted on for Maidenhead United
76:00 Sub Off
Sam Barratt is substituted off for Maidenhead United
55:00 Yellow Card
Shamir Mullings is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
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As it happened

  • Maidenhead United
  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • 0
  • Shamir Mullings Yellow Card 55:00'
  • James Mulley Sub On 76:00'
  • James Comley Sub Off 76:00'
  • Ryan Upward Sub On 76:00'
  • Sam Barratt Sub Off 76:00'
  • Josh Kelly Sub On 83:00'
  • Jack Parkinson Sub Off 83:00'

Team selection

Howes, Samuel Howes, Samuel
Jelley, Tom Jelley, Tom
Casey, Joshua Casey, Joshua
Solomon, Leon Solomon, Leon
Collier, Nathan Collier, Nathan
Murphy, Kieran Murphy, Kieran
Gallagher, Sam Gallagher, Sam
Jolley, Christian Jolley, Christian
Odametey, Harold Odametey, Harold
Mullings, Shamir Mullings, Shamir
Kiernan, Brendan Kiernan, Brendan
Maidenhead United
  • 1. Carl Pentney
  • 2. Ryan Peters
  • 3. Rene Steer
  • 4. Jack Parkinson
  • 5. Alan Massey
  • 6. Dean Inman
  • 7. Dave Tarpey
  • 8. James Comley
  • 9. Sean Marks
  • 10. Sam Barratt
  • 11. Harry Pritchard
  • 12. James Mulley
  • 14. Ryan Upward
  • 15. Kyran Wiltshire
  • 16. Josh Kelly
  • 17. Remy Clerima

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Maidenhead United 42 98
2. Ebbsfleet United 42 96
3. Dartford 42 84
4. Chelmsford City 42 82
5. Poole Town 42 71
6. Hungerford Town 42 70
7. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 69

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