09:06AM, Thursday 07 February 2019
Alan Devonshire says his players are in good spirits following last weekend’s postponement against Dagenham & Redbridge and promised they’d be having a go at Boreham Wood this Saturday.
Wood sit six places and eight points above the Magpies ahead of kick-off, and come to York Road off the back of a well-earned 1-1 draw at Gateshead the week before last.
Earlier in the season they ended a run of four straight defeats by defeating the Magpies 3-1 at home, with Ryan Bird’s consolation strike the only thing the visitors had to show for their efforts.
But Maidenhead played well enough on the day to have taken something from the game and will be hopeful of reversing the result when Luke Garrard’s side visits on Saturday.
“They’ve got decent players,” said Devonshire of Boreham Wood.
“They’re a good side, big, mobile. We’ll have to watch their wide men, but we know what we’re up against and we’re also at home so we’ll have a go.
“We hope we’ll have a couple of players back from knocks, but we won’t know until this evening (Tuesday).
“We’ve got Boreham Wood at home and then the leaders Leyton Orient away in front of six or seven thousand, so we’ve got a good couple of weeks coming up. We’re looking forward to it.”
United have been in decent form of late, but the fine away form they showed in early new year has given way to two straight defeats against Solihull Moors and Wrexham. They also have one of the worst home records in the National League, something they desperately need to address if they’re to dig themselves out of relegation trouble. They’re just a point and a place out of the relegation zone.
“We’ve been doing ok but we’ve now lost to Solihull and Wrexham and obviously you’re hoping to get something from them games,” added Devonshire.
“At the end of the day there wasn’t a lot we could do about it (the Dagenham postponement). Lots of games were called off last weekend so it didn’t really affect us. That game is going to be rearranged for early March I think. But we’d rather play the games. I don’t want the players to lose their sharpness. But you can’t dictate the weather so instead we trained very hard on Saturday, had a good blow out and had some fun as well so the players are in good spirits.”
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