10:24PM, Tuesday 06 August 2019
Magpies goalscorer Remy Clerima. Photo by Darren Woolley.
Maidenhead United 1, Chesterfield 1
Maidenhead United once again showed their defensive resilience to claim a well-earned point against promotion hopefuls Chesterfield FC at a rain swept York Road this evening.
French defender turned midfielder Remy Clerima finished off a flowing move to put the home side in front on the hour mark before Josef Yarney slammed home the Spireites’ leveller from a 76th minute corner.
The result maintains the Magpies unbeaten start to the league season heading into Saturday’s home clash against Hartlepool United.
United came into the clash off the back of Saturday’s excellent 1-0 win at Stockport County, but they started sluggishly under the floodlights.
Liam Mandeville scooped an early effort just over the crossbar before Joe Rowley headed David Buchanan’s right-wing cross off target a few minutes later.
The Magpies front two of Danny Whitehall and Jake Cassidy found it difficult to make inroads against the Spireites’ defence, but kept their back four occupied, while Josh Smile was tidy in possession. In the 24th minute Taye Ashby-Hammond got down well to keep out Mandeville’s curling effort at his near post, while Joseph Ellul made a couple of timely challenges to keep the home side on level terms.
A flurry of chances fell Chesterfield’s way just after the half-hour mark, with Scott Boden unable to make the most of a teasing ball into him with only Ashby-Hammond to beat. From the resulting corner Laurence Maguire, brother of Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, tested the United stopper once again with a low piledriver, but the onloan keeper was equal to it.
Maidenhead signalled their intent in the first few minutes of the second half, when Whitehall managed to get a header on target from Clerima’s cross, after another surging run from Smile.
But, as the heavens opened in the 60th minute drenching players and fans alike, United took the lead. The hosts worked the ball well down the left for Jake Cassidy to sweep in a low cross. Whitehall dummied it, letting it roll for the oncoming Clerima who kept his cool to lift the ball over Shwan Jalal.
Chesterfield could have crumbled in the testing period that followed, but they held firm. Cassidy’s flicked header from James Comley’s cross was deflected just wide of the post for a corner.
Then, just when it looked like Maidenhead had the measure of their opponents they let them back into the contest. Substitute Robbie Weir’s bending effort flicked off a Magpies’ boot for a corner, from which the visitors levelled. Maidenhead partially cleared the ball only for Will Evans to head it back into the mixer, where Yarney was waiting to crash the ball home.
Both sides could have won it in the final minutes, with Cassidy testing Jalal with a low shot after good hold up play in the 82nd minute, but a point apiece was about right for both sides.
Reflecting on the result, manager Alan Devonshire said: “Yeah, second half we were a lot better. We had a few half chances where it’s dropped for us.
“They could have been 1-0 up with the chances they had first half. It was the same as Saturday, we just didn’t seem to function as well in the first half, but second half we grew into the game and I thought we were the better side second half.
“There were some tired legs out there from Saturday, but listen, we’ll take a point against a side that’s been touted to win the league. Four points out of six ain’t bad.
“We’ll take a point but we’re a bit disappointed we couldn’t take all three.”
Midfielder Josh Smile’s thoughts on @MUFCYorkRoad’s 1-1 draw with @ChesterfieldFC this evening, a result which maintains the Magpies’ unbeaten start to the season. @MaidenheadAds pic.twitter.com/sdVVgVvpJN— Daniel Darlington (@Darlington10) August 6, 2019
Maidenhead United: Ashby-Hammond, Clerima (Davies 82’), Steer, Ellul, Comley, Cassidy, Whitehall (Kelly 79’), Twumasi, Upward, Massey, Smile. Subs not used: Mensah, Akintunde, Fenelon.
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