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Preview: Maidenhead United (H)

14 September 2019

After a two-week break, the Bees are back in action this afternoon as they welcome Maidenhead United to The Hive London.

Darren Currie’s side go into the game off the back of a 2-1 victory over 10-men Eastleigh at the end of last month.

Jack McKnight cancelled out Jack Taylor’s opener on 69 minutes before Shaq Coulthirst popped up to net the winner deep into stoppage time.

The Opposition

Sitting fourth in the standings after 10 games, Maidenhead United are enjoying a fantastic season so far.

The Magpies were promoted to the fifth tier for the first time in 2017 and have since gone on to maintain their National League status.

Their first campaign in the division saw them finish 12th before they clinched 19th place last time around.

With a top half finish firmly in their sights this season, they couldn’t have hoped for a better start.

However, the Magpies travel to The Hive London off the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, their third loss of the season.

They’ll still be full of confidence though as they’ve been almost perfect on the road this season, winning on four occasions before drawing 2-2 at Wrexham just over a week ago.

The Magpies have also conceded the same amount as Barnet this season with nine to their name, the joint-second best defensive record in the league behind Woking.

Manager: Alan Devonshire

After sitting in the Maidenhead dugout throughout some of the best days in the club’s history, it’s no surprise that Alan Devonshire is a legend at York Road.

 

The 62-year-old first took charge of the Magpies back in 1996 in a spell which stretched to seven years. During that time, his side put to bed a 27-year silverware drought, winning the Isthmian League Full Members Cup and four Berks & Bucks Senior Cups. His most impressive achievement during his first stab at managing Maidenhead was clinching promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division.

 

Devonshire left in 2003 but fast forward 12 years and the former midfielder was back in the Magpies’ dugout. He then went on to guide his side to National League South triumph in 2017, recording an impressive 98 points in their title-winning campaign whilst claiming the Manager of the Season award.

 

Aside from the Magpies, Devonshire also took charge of Hampton & Richmond where he managed to take them from the Isthmian League to the brink of the Conference. He also took charge of Osterley, Brentford Women and Braintree Town during a managerial career that stems back to 1995.

 

Devonshire is one of the most well-known managers in the division after an impressive playing career. After starting off in the Crystal Palace youth set-up, he went on to play for non-league outfit Southall after failing to break into the Eagles’ first team. The form he showed at the club attracted interest from big names, with one being West Ham United who became the next team to snap up his signature.

 

He spent 14 years at the Hammers, making himself a legend at the club. The Maidenhead boss made over 400 appearances for the London outfit and was even part of their triumphant FA Cup side of 1980. His time at West Ham also prompted England to give him the nod and he went on to make eight caps for his country. Devonshire also won the Second Division and became a League Cup runner-up in 1981.

 

He then moved to Watford in 1990, a team where he would go on to spend two years with. However, in 1992, he decided to drop out of league football to take up the role of a player-coach at non-league side Chippenham Sports.

 

Last Time Out:

The last time the Bees faced Maidenhead was at York Road back in April with Currie’s side coming out on top, winning 1-0 courtesy of a 44th minute Medy Elito winner.

Top Scorer: Danny Whitehall

With four goals to his name, summer signing Danny Whitehall is currently the Magpies’ top scorer.

The centre-forward, who began his career at Rochdale and Southport, returned to England in the summer after a spell in America.

Whitehall netted his first and second goal against Chorley before adding to his tally away at Yeovil a week later. He then bagged his fourth in four games during the Magpies’ 3-0 victory away at Sutton two weeks ago.

Without a goal in his last two, Maidenhead’s number 14 will be hoping to return to the scoresheet this afternoon.

Connections:

Maidenhead forward Bernard Mensah joined the Bees in 2014 in a short loan spell from Watford where he netted once in eight appearances.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Barnet 2-0 Aldershot Town

17 September 2019

The Bees made it three wins on the trot as a superb second half showing was enough to secure the points against Aldershot Town.

After a cagey opening 45 minutes, two early second half strikes from Mason-Clark and Wes Fonguck gave Darren Currie’s men a comfortable cushion.

A solid defensive display meant it was two home clean sheets on the spin, in a confidence boosting victory at The Hive, London.

In the early exchanges Ricardo Santos made a superb block to deny Ethan Chislett as he struck just inside the area.

The Bees struggled to really get going in the opening 15 minutes, as the buoyant visitors started quickly following their win over Stockport in their previous match.

Midway through the half and it was Currie’s side who made the next opening, as Mason-Clark slipped in Fonguck but his shot was well saved by Mitch Walker. Seconds later it was Fonguck again but he couldn’t get the better of the Shots number one.

There was plenty of endeavour from the Bees but the final ball massively let them down in the opening 45, as they looked to build on back to back wins.

At the other end Shields’ effort was brilliantly blocked at the end of the half, as the visitors tried to assert themselves at the end of the half. 

That was the final opportunity of a half that lacked any cutting edge on a chilly autumn evening in North London.

Currie opted to bring on new signing Alfie Pavey at the break as he replaced Josh Walker. Just three minutes into the second half the Bees had the lead as Mason-Clark broke through and fired into the back of the net.

In response the Shots came inches away from an immediate response as Powell struck a decent free-kick from 30 yards out, leaving Loach scrambling across goal.

Just eight minutes later the Bees had a second of the evening, a whipped in ball was headed clear as far as Fonguck who curled an inch perfect strike into the top corner. It was superb strike and sent the Bee Army into delight after a fast start to second half.

With twenty minutes to go the Shots should have halved the deficit but Harrison Panayiotou slotted wide from six yards after the ball fell to him kindly.

The bar was rattled up the other end as Fonguck lifted the ball over Walker on the rebound, after Akinola broke into the area and saw his shot saved. The Bees were scintillating to watch at times in the second period, as their confidence grew following the goals.

J Taylor saw a long distance effort fly over the bar, as the Irishman looked to add the icing on the Bees cake.

The win means Currie’s men head to Halifax in good form as they will look to gain a positive result on the road against a promotion rival.

A further three points sees the Bees climb to fifth in the Vanarama National League, with still only one defeat to their name.

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