06:00PM, Saturday 11 May 2019
Few goals will be as important to Maidenhead United as Adrian Clifton’s stunning strike against Havant and Waterlooville in March.
The Magpies held a slender 1-0 lead over fellow relegation rivals before the Montserrat international unleashed a thumping strike from range to double the Magpies’ lead.
The goal helped the Magpies to a 2-1 win which all but secured their safety in the National League. The strike saw Clifton given the goal of the season award and the forward looked back at his time at York Road with fond memories.
“My time at Maidenhead was good – I don’t have any bad memories at all,” said Clifton.
“Since rejoining the club for the second time it’s been great, all the fans have been amazing. We finished not too far off the playoffs last season, this season was a bit more of a dogfight, but second seasons are always harder but we found form at the right time.
“My fondest memory is my goal against Havant – the goal had a bit of a double edge as it put down a team that I played for.”
Clifton ended his second spell with the club in imperious form, scoring 15 goals in all competitions, one in the FA Cup and 14 vital league goals to help Maidenhead secure their National League safety.
The 30-year-old remembers his first stint at the club and believes the club have improved dramatically over the years.
“They are almost two different clubs to be honest,” added Clifton.
“When I came to Maidenhead the first time, it was a small club we were getting gates of 150-300 people and we were in a relegation battle year after year.
“The budget was nowhere near it is now, but Peter (Griffin) changed that – he brought in a new gaffer and that changed things.
“It made the town of Maidenhead come out and support the team. Even travelling into Maidenhead, I can see the difference – I can see real potential for Maidenhead. I just want to thank all of the fans for their support during my time at Maidenhead.”
Clifton will most likely grace the field of York Road again next season, although he will be doing so in a Bromley FC shirt, after joining the club last week.
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