08:00AM, Thursday 30 November 2017
ALAN Devonshire is hoping Jake Hyde’s late equaliser against Macclesfield is the lift his striker, and the club, needs ahead of Saturday’s test against Wrexham.
Hyde has struggled for goals since joining the Magpies in the summer, but he followed in Harry Pritchard’s free-kick to head home a late leveller against Macclesfield on Saturday.
It was no less than the Magpies deserved from a game that was short on quality throughout. Maidenhead’s ability to collect points when they’ve not been at their best has been one of the club’s hallmarks this season, and it’s that fighting quality which should see them survive in the National League this season.
“Yeah of course (that gives us confidence). At the end of the day we’ve shown a lot of character,” he said. “Tuesday night we played brilliant, but only came away with a point.
“Today we played not very well but we’ve still got a point. So that balances that out. Listen, I know I’ve got a lot of character in the side. The boys are honest lads and they’ll keep going and keep going and keep going.
“I’m pleased for them because they just needed a little lift going into next weekend against Wrexham.”
Saturday’s draw saw Maidenhead drop to 14th in the table, but of the 13 sides above them in the National League only one of them has picked up three points against the Magpies, and that’s this weekend’s hosts Wrexham – who beat them 2-1 at York Road back in August.
“We ain’t fighting for a play-off place,” said Devonshire. “We’ll consolidate this year and we’ll be better next year.
“That’s the thing. It’s about building a team.
“Give it a couple of years and we’ll be much stronger. We’re still building a team here. Me and the boy still have plenty of work to do in the summer, we know that.
“It’s about getting through this year, having a look at the players and going from there.”
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